Project LIFT, an initiative of Vole Lib Research Institute (VLRI), seeks to foster collaboration with those in the STEM disciplines to leverage technology to help meet the needs of communities. Through this collaboration, students gain practical experience applying their technical skills in innovative ways. By engaging students in projects that result in immediate social impact, Project LIFT aspires to promote STEM as a helping profession and thereby increase recruitment and improve retention of minority STEM students. Participants should leave with a clear understanding of how they can be part of Project LIFT and what they can gain from the experience.