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Welcome to Viterbo's Service Saturdays!

Are you looking to learn more?  THIS VIDEO does an excellent job capturing the story of our Service Saturdays experience.  

Mission:  Viterbo University's Service Saturdays program creates opportunities for lasting relationships and meaningful reflection by connecting Viterbo's core values with those in need: local agencies, our neighbors, and our environment.  

We are incredibly excited to provide opportunities for Viterbo students to serve alongside various community organizations, connect with each other, and enjoy a post-service reflection meal led by our Service Saturdays Student Leaders. Service Saturdays include a variety of service opportunities and sites with activities.   We hope to take burdens away from local agencies so they can better serve the community.  Each Saturday sees multiple project options, providing service across ability and interest areas.   We may serve in a garden for the FSPA Sisters, deep clean for our friends at the Place of Grace, or interact with residents at a local assisted living facility. 

Each Saturday is a different opportunity for the Viterbo community to make meaningful relationships with local agencies, their staff, and the people they serve.  We hope Service Saturdays allows participants to meet other Viterbo folks, learn about issues our community is facing, and build long-term service-oriented relationships.  

Feel free to sign up with members of your club/organization or as an individual. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their families/guests are welcome. For questions contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at 608-796-3846 or cgburnsgilbert@viterbo.edu.

If you are interested in getting on the Service Saturdays email list, sign up here.

**All Service Saturdays participants need to have an updated Student Participant Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Form on file before they can participate.** 

Upcoming Service Saturdays Site List and Sign-Ups

Service Saturdays generally start with check-in prior to a kickoff at 8:30 a.m.  We will then transition to the service projects we signed up for.  The day will end with a post-service conversation and free lunch back at Viterbo's campus. Visit the Details section of this page for—you guessed it—more details.

Save the Date: 2019-2020 Dates 

Aug 24: Orientation Service Saturday (New-to-Viterbo Students only)
Sept 21st: Family Day Service Saturday
Oct 5th: Make a Difference Day Service Saturday (collaboration with WTC and UWL)
Nov 2nd: Traditional Service Saturday
Dec 7th: Viterbo Rings Service Saturday
Jan 25th:  Service with the Sisters
Feb 22nd: Traditional Service Saturday
Mar 21st: Traditional Service Saturday
Apr 18th: President's Day of Service
 

Photos from President's Day of Service 2018
Inauguration Service Saturday Pictures and Info
Past Service Saturday Pictures

Details

NO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS, PLEASE. Unless ill, do not cancel within 24 hours of your volunteer shift. Our community agencies count on us, and we'd hate to disappoint them.

Service Saturdays Leader: Groups will have a trained Service Saturdays Site Leader at each site whenever possible. This person will be your on-site contact and will contact you by Wednesday before the project regarding specific details. Know they are a resource for you!

What to wear/bring: Wear closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle. There may be other requirements for specific events, be sure to check your VU email the day before and the morning of the event.  It's usually safe to wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!

Weather: Some projects are outdoors. In the case of bad weather, we will contact you ASAP (email if on Friday, cell phone if on Saturday) to let you know of any changes.  Most Service Saturdays will be rain or shine!

If problems or questions arise: You can contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at 608-796-3846 or cgburnsgilbert@viterbo.edu until 2:30 p.m. on Fridays. After that time, contact your Service Saturday Site Leader directly.

Contact

Interested in learning more? Want your club or organization to sponsor a service site? Have questions?  Contact our Student Leaders Sela Schroeder, Marne Boehm, or Ben Gibson.  You can also contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at 608-796-3846 or cgburnsgilbert@viterbo.edu. We are more than happy to answer your questions about Service Saturdays!

Team photo L-R: Colin, Sela, Marne, Ben
Team photo L-R: Colin, Sela, Marne, Ben

Meet our Service Saturdays Student Leaders

Sela Schroeder
Ben Gibson
Marne Boehm

Sela Schroeder

Ben Gibson   

Marne Boehm

Major: Nursing Major: Biology Majors: Biology and Philosophy
    Minor: Ethics
Class Year: Class of 2020 Class Year: Class of 2021 Class Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Caledonia, MN    Hometown: Byron, MN    Hometown: Weston, WI   

                                    


What People are Saying about Service Saturdays

Check out what WKBT had to say about our President's Day of Service in April 2018.

CLICK HERE to check out what the La Crosse Tribune had to say about Service Saturdays.

Check out WXOW's Coverage of Our Oct. 15, 2018, Spirit of St. Francis Service Saturday Event

"I really liked meeting a group of people that I'm not normally exposed to. Everyone seemed to be really invested in serving, which was inspiring to see. I think Service Saturdays are well set up in that it's not too overwhelming for students."
~ Viterbo Student

"I'm so glad that Viterbo is offering this!  There aren't many opportunities for faculty to serve alongside students, and this is a great way for them to get to know us and us to get to know them in a non-classroom setting". 
~ Faculty Member

"This is so helpful! I need to do service hours for my organization, and this makes it super easy to connect with opportunities at different nonprofits."
~ Viterbo Student

"We're so glad you reached out to us to offer assistance with our upcoming event. It's always a treat working with Viterbo students!"
~ Community Nonprofit Organization