Center for Community Engagement

Service Saturdays

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Welcome to Viterbo's 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 with activities ranging from working in the FSPA organic gardens to helping building a house, 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. For questions contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at 608-796-3846 or 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. Click on the bolded link below to access and complete the form.**

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 our volunteer 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 site for - you guessed it - more details.

Please consider serving through Flood Relief Fridays!


Viterbo Rings - November 17th, 2018: Join us as we take over all the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell-ringing stations in the area!  Visit the "Viterbo Rings" page for sign up and more information or CLICK HERE to log in to UGetConnected and sign up for your shifts! 


Traditional Service Saturday - December 1st, 2018: Please CLICK HERE to sign up for your desired project/location through UGetConnected.  Not seeing any Needs to respond to?  Make sure you log in to your UGetConnected profile first!

Don't have a Viterbo email?  Please email directly if you'd like to serve with us but are not affiliated with a current Viterbo student/faculty/employee.  


Service with the Sisters - January 26th, 2019: Approimately 30 folks will get to serve and interact with our neighbors and founders, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.  The remaining folks will engage with a traditional Service Saturdays experience at other local agencies.  

Traditional Service Saturday - February 23rd, 2019: Registration will be posted here as we get closer. 

Traditional Service Saturday - March 23rd, 2019: Registration will be posted here as we get closer. 

President's Day of Service - April 13th, 2019: Join us as we celebrate Viterbo's values and an incredible year together.  Visit the "President's Day of Service" page for sign up and more information as we get closer!

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

Inauguration Service saturday PICTURES AND INFO

PAST Service Saturday PICTURES




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: With the exception of larger events, 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 several days before the project regarding event 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.

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 events will be rain or shine!

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




Interested in learning more? Want your club or organization to sponsor a service site? Have questions?  Contact our Student Leaders Andy WegnerSela Schroeder, or Marne Boehm. 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 Marne Boehm

Major: Nursing Major: Biochemistry Majors: Biology and Philosophy
    Minor: Ethics
Class Year: Class of 2020 Class Year: Class of 2019 Class Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Caledonia, MN Hometown: Trempealeau, WI Hometown: Weston, WI

What People are Saying about Service Saturdays

Check out what WKBT and WXOW 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 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