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Save the Date: April 13, 2019
What is the President's Day of Service?
Viterbo's President's Day of Service is a new tradition created from the Inauguration Day of Service in Spring of 2017 which celebrated President Temple's official arrival. Because the day was so powerful and really highlighted connections with Viterbo's Mission and Core Values, we have decided to continue these efforts each year. This year, we anticipate between 300-350 Viterbo folks serving our communities and hope YOU can be a part of the impact!
All are welcome. If you have friends or family visiting, they are welcome to serve with us. Alumni outside of La Crosse are welcome to coordinate service efforts in their local communities.
**CLICK HERE to register for President's Day of Service 2019.**
*The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 9th at 8am.*
The President's Day of Service is hosted by the Service Saturdays team. For more information about upcoming Service Saturdays, CLICK HERE.
Site Leader Interest?
If you know you will be serving with us this year and want an elevated leadership role, consider signing up to serve as a Site Leader! Ultimately, that means you would serve as the main contact for your service project, introducing yourself to organization staff, and providing guidance/direction for those in your service location/group. Some sites with more people will need more than one Site Leader! Site Leaders would help with registration in the morning (arriving around 7:20am) and be encouraged to assist with cleanup (ending around 1:30pm).
Please, if you have experience with Service Saturdays or simply want to challenge yourself in a different way, we encourage you to serve as a Site Leader for our President's Day of Service! Contact email@example.com with your interest!
Adopt a Location?
If you are part of an organization, club, department, or other Viterbo-affiliated groups, consider adopting a location! That means you would commit to filling the spaces needed at your adopted site within your network of people. So whether that's through a class you're in, a group of colleagues you work with, or simply a network of friends/family connections you've made - all are invited to adopt a site!
A full list of adoptable projects is at the bottom of this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your group's interest (top 3 preferred sites/projects), by March 1st at 10am.
Timeline of President's Day of Service Day
7:30a-8:30a - Registration and Continental Breakfast
Arrive early to the Mathy Center to register smoothly, fill your bodies with energy before serving, and meet new people! You'll be able to connect with your specific service group and will have a chance to mingle with others and take photos to capture the day! To register everyone timely, please arrive no later than 8:15am. *We will be utilizing biodegradable utensils and eatware. Pay attention to receptacles when discarding food items*
8:30a - Welcome and Kickoff
We will have a short welcome address and provide further instructions for the day, including service site logistics and lunch details. We will also use this time to dismiss service locations based on travel distance.
9a - 12p - Serve the Community
For the duration of this time frame, we'll be serving at our various locations, assisting in whatever ways the organizations and community members will benefit from. We encourage all to serve intentionally and to focus on the entirety of the experience, building in opportunities to contemplate the deeper meaning and build relationships throughout the task/project at hand.
12p-12:30p - Lunch
People will arrive back to the Mathy Center at staggered times depending on their project(s) and locations. Lunch will be ready and available for folks to refuel after a full morning of service. *We will be utilizing biodegradable utensils and eatware. Pay attention to receptacles when discarding food items*
12:30p-1:00p - Reflection and Program
One of the most important and meaningful portions of the day, we'll provide structured opportunities to reflect on the impact of the service we performed, hear others' perspectives, and share about our own experiences through service. This will be an opportunity to connect to our day on a deeper level, learn about different perspectives, and hear others' stories.
Confirmed 2019 Projects/Agencies
American Red Cross: This group of about 20 people will be canvassing the neighborhoods near Viterbo. We will b helping the American Red Cross and the La Crosse Fire Department install free smoke detectors in homes to help save lives. This is a great way to get to know our neighbors through extending hospitality, while also helping two very important local agencies.
Aptiv (formerly Riverfront): This organization that serves people with disabilities will be hosting a Spring Fling dance right here on Viterbo's campus! Join a group of about 10 people as we intentionally interact with participants, facilitate games and activities, and welcome Aptiv to our campus.
Bethany St. Joseph: This group of about 10 people will be facilitating activities and intentionally socializing with residents at the facility. We may also be assisting with facilities projects BSJ staff need support on.
Catholic Charities Warming Center: Join a group of about 7 people as we help prepare meals, deep clean the facility, and organize donations/inventory.
Children’s Museum: A group of about 10 people will be deep cleaning and disinfecting play equipment for the first hour. From 10a-12p, we will be facilitating fun games and interacting with museum guests.
Cookie Baking: This group of about 15 people will divide up into groups to bake, frost, and package hundreds of cookies. We will then coordinate distribution to local emergency personnel (fire, police, EMT) throughout the city.
Coulee Region Humane Society: This group of about 7 people will be deep cleaning the facility, cages, and equipment. Expect to work hard with minimal furry-friend interaction!
Eagle Crest South: Join a group of about 10 people as we intentionally socialize with residents, facilitate activities, and assist Eagle Crest staff with any other projects they have.
Friends of the Blufflands: Join a group of about 15 people as we help this local organization plant seedlings and install protective cages around the seedlings throughout the Hixon Forest.
FSPA Organic Garden: Join a group of about 30 people as we help Sister Lucy and the new FSPA staff prepare the FSPA garden/greenhouse for the spring and summer growing seasons.
Habitat for Humanity Build Site: Join a group of about 10 people as we help Habitat for Humanity prepare a house for a local family in need.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Adopted by Student Alumni Ambassadors): This group will be assisting ReStore staff with various landscaping projects around the ReStore grounds.
Horse Sense for Special Riders (Adopted by Kathy D's VUSM 200 course): This group will be helping with maintenance projects across the farm. We'll be deep cleaning and organizing supplies/tools, while also preparing facilities for another summer season.
Project Linus Knit-a-Thon: Join a group of about 20 people as we knit 5" x 5" squares. We will have pre-knittd squares ready to be sewn into blankets. Each square is joined together to create hand-made blankets that we donate to local children in need through Project Linus. No knitting experience required!
Salvation Army (Adopted by Campus Ministry and the Honors Program): This group will be cleaning, organizing, and welcoming guests to the Thrift Store. Pending availability, we may be able to assist with lunch preparations in the main kitchen.
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Join a group of about 20 people as we help with a large beautification effort to prepare the gardens and landscaping at a local treasure. We'll help prepare the grounds for a destination that saw over 80,000 visitors last year!
The Parenting Place Beautification (Adopted by Viterbo Alumni Board): This group will be assisting with facilities beautification projects like painting, spring cleaning play areas for the summer season, and preparing crafts for the upcoming Children's Festival.
The Parenting Place - Dine and Diapers: This group of about 8 people will provide intentional, interactive childcare for parents/guardians during a "Dine and Diapers" event. Our group may also be able to join parents/guardians in their conversations around parenting concerns.
Viterbo Highway Cleanup (Adopted by Student Government Association): This group will be helping clean up trash and debris from our designated section of highway, between Pettibone Park and La Crescent.
Viterbo Sustainability Club: This group of about 10 people will be helping restore the rain garden at the Viterbo Athletics Complex.
Do you work with a local organization and want to host a project? Contact Colin at email@example.com with your interest.
CLICK HERE to view photos from Inauguration Service Saturday 2017.