Center for Community Engagement

Service Saturdays

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Welcome to viterbo's Service Saturdays website! 

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

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 and great conversation led by our Service Saturdays Student Leaders. Service Saturdays include a variety of service opportunities and sites – activities range from working in the FSPA Organic Garden to helping building a house, from working with kids via the Children's Museum and Big Brothers, Big Sisters to sorting clothes and ringing bells for the Salvation Army.  Feel free to sign up with members of your club/organization or as an individual - all students, faculty, staff, and their families are welcome! Questions? Contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at 608-796-3846 or  If you're 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. Click on the bolded form name to access and complete the form.**

Upcoming Service Saturdays Site List and Sign-Ups

Service Saturdays generally start with check-in at 8:30am with reflection and sending, we'll transition to our volunteer projects, and we'll end with a post-service reflection and free lunch back at Viterbo. Visit the Details section of this site for - you guessed it - more details.


  • Saturday, September 30 - Spirit of St Francis Day

  • Saturday, October 14: Make A Difference Day
    All are invited to this tri-campus volunteer celebration!

  • Saturday, November 18: Viterbo Rings

  •  Saturday, December 2: Spirit of Giving Service Saturday

​To sign up for our next Service Saturday, CLICK HERE to reserve your space TODAY!

  • Saturday, January 27, 2018: Service with the Sisters

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018

  • Saturday, March 24, 2018

  • Saturday, April 14, 2018


Inauguration Service saturday PICTURES AND INFO

PAST Service Saturday PICTURES



NO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS, PLEASE! Unless ill, please 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: With the exception of the Orientation Service Saturday, Make a Difference Day, and Viterbo Rings events, all groups will have a trained Service Saturdays Site Leader with your group. This person will be your on-site contact and will contact you several days before the project regarding event details.  Know they are a resource for you!

What to wear/bring: Please 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!

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.

If problems or questions arise: You can contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at 608-796-3846 or until 2:30pm on Fridays. After that, please contact your Service Saturday Site Leader directly.




Interested in learning more?  Want your club or organization to sponsor a service site?  Have questions?  Feel free to contact our Student Leaders Andy WegnerAlexa Baker, or Sela Schroeder.  You can also contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at 608-796-3846 or We are more than happy to answer your questions!


Meet our Service Saturdays Student Leaders


Meet Sela Schroeder

Meet Andy Wegner

Meet Alexa Baker

Major: Nursing Major: Biochemistry Major: Social Work
Class Year:  Class of 2020 Class Year: Class of 2019 Class Year: Class of 2019
Hometown: Caledonia, MN Hometown: Trempealeau, WI Hometown: Elysian, MN

What People are Saying about Service Saturdays

check out WXOW's coverage of our Oct. 15th 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 non-profits."
~ 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 Non-Profit Organization