Welcome to viterbo's Service Saturdays website!
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 Kirsten Gabriel at 608-796-3086 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're interested in getting on the fabulous Service Saturdays email list, sign up here!
Service Saturdays start with check-in, 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. We typically meet in Nursing Center (NRC) Room 195 at 8:30am sharp and finish at 1pm with lunch (typically in that same space). Visit the Details section of this site for - you guessed it - more details.
Saturday, April 8th: Inauguration Service Saturday
326 volunteers. 19 service sites. 1 day.
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 "Viterbo Rings" event, 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 the Kirsten Gabriel at 608-796-3086 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 Nicole Fronek, Andrew Wegner, or Alexa Baker. You can also contact Kirsten Gabriel at 608-796-3086. We are more than happy to answer your questions!
Meet Nicole Fronek
Meet Andrew Wegner
Meet Alexa Baker
|Major: Nursing||Major: Biochemistry||Major: Health Care Admin|
|Minors: Spanish/Healthcare Administration|
|Class Year: Class of 2018||Class Year: Class of 2019||Class Year: Class of 2019|
|Hometown: Hortonville, WI||Hometown: Trempealeau, WI||Hometown: Elysian, MN|
"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