President's Day of Service
Group Photo - President's Day of Service 2019
Group Photo - President's Day of Service 2019

Thank you for visiting the President's Day of Service webpage. We will use this page to facilitate all President's Day of Service information moving forward. 

*President's Day of Service: October 15th, 2022**  

*This year, President's Day of Service will align with President Trietley's Inauguration.  Our April 2023 Service Saturday will transition to a more traditional scale Service Saturday for this year*

Click here for more information about Viterbo's 10th Presidential Inauguration. 

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 150-250 Viterbo folks serving our communities and hope YOU can be a part of the impact!

The President's Day of Service is hosted by the Service Saturdays team. For more information about upcoming Service Saturdays, CLICK HERE.   

If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Colin Burns-Gilbert at cgburnsgilbert@viterbo.edu.

Site Leader Interest?


If you know you will be serving with us this year and want an elevated leadership role, consider serving as a Site Leader! Ultimately, that means you would facilitate welcome/reflection, serve as the main contact for your service project, introduce yourself to organization staff, and provide guidance/direction for those in your service location/group. Site Leaders would help with registration in the morning (arriving around 7:55a) and be encouraged to assist with cleanup (ending around 1:30pm).  

Example Site Leader Guide: Click here to view a Site Leader Guide from a traditional Service Saturday for more context on the role/day.

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! Indicate your interest in the general registration form and you'll be contacted with more information.  

Timeline of President's Day of Service Day

7:45a-8:30a - Registration and Light Breakfast

We'll have breakfast and registration in the Mathy Center.  Please arrive no later than 8:15a to ensure time to register and fuel up before our day together.  You'll be able to connect with your specific service group and will have a chance to snack on a light breakfast egg bake, fruit, and bread. Our day will begin at 8:30a. 

8:30 a.m. - Welcome and Kickoff 

Our program will kick off with some inspiration from Kathy at the Little Heart Project.  We'll also take a group photo before dismissing to each of our service projects.  All of that information will be included in the confirmation emails Thursday evening.

9 a.m. - 12 noon - 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.

~Noon-12:30 p.m. - Lunch  

People will arrive back to the campus 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 in the Mathy Center.

~12:30-1 p.m. - Reflection

We'll provide structured opportunities to reflect on the impact of the service we performed, hear others' perspectives, and share 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 2022 Projects/Agencies

(More detailed descriptions in registration)

*Adopted projects by Viterbo organizations/partners.

Project Description
Bethany St Joseph* Outdoor gardening/spring clean up and landscaping support for residents to enjoy
Boy Scouts Gateway Council Camp Decorah - cleaning and gathering brush from logging project
Children's Museum Deep cleaning/disinfecting equipment and facilitating activities like face painting
Drift Bike Cycle Share Installing bike share hubs around town (tentative)

Eagle Crest South*

Interacting with and facilitating activities for residents

Enactus* Garden work and prep for spring season
First Teen Clothes Closet* Sorting and rearranging donations 
Friends of the Blufflands Removing invasive species (buckthorn) from bluffs through cutting and spraying with herbicide
FSPA Garden Harvesting produce from greenhouse, planting seeds, and preparing outdoor garden areas for spring season
Girl Scouts Badgerland Council Camp Ehawee - Creating a garden space and building tent platform supports
GROW La Crosse Supporting Washburn Community Garden and Hamilton community garden spaces
Habitat for Humanity Construction* Helping with active construction project at 1017 Livingston St
Holy Trinity-Longfellow Neighborhood Association Help with spring cleaning/landscaping at neighborhood park and assist with spring recycling event
Knit-a-Thon Sew 5" x 5" squares together into blankets to donate to Mayo patients and children of patients
La Crosse Public Library Outdoor courtyard cleanup for programs, sidewalk chalk (artists needed!), and indoor Saturday book sale support 
The Little Heart Project* Distribute 300+ little hearts to prevent suicide/promote positive empowerment around the city; make/attach new messages on campus
New Horizons Deep cleaning and organizing donations
Place of Grace Deep cleaning, food/meal prep, food pantry organizing
La Crosse Rotary Lights Cleanup Riverside Park: rake wood chips, grass seed, repair landscaping from holiday setup, cleanup and assist; help in storage if raining
YWCA Resource Center - Moving furniture to basement, organize 3 storage rooms

Do you work with a local organization and want to host a project in the future?  Contact Colin at cgburnsgilbert@viterbo.edu with your interest.

Capturing Our Impact

CLICK HERE to access photos from President's Day of Service 2021.

CLICK HERE to access photos from President's Day of Service 2019. 

CLICK HERE to access photos from President's Day of Service 2018.

CLICK HERE to view photos from Inauguration Service Saturday 2017.