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Welcome to Viterbo's Service Saturdays!

Are you looking to learn more? THIS VIDEO does an excellent job of capturing the story of our Service Saturdays experience.  Kudos to Mark Seitz for his creative vision and hours of editing!  

Our Mission:  

Viterbo University's Service Saturdays program creates opportunities for lasting relationships and meaningful reflection by connecting Viterbo's core values with local agencies, our neighbors, our environment, and each other.  


Looking to register for President's Day of Service?  Click here to access registration directly.  Click here to access the President's Day of Service website with more information about our day. 

First time logging into UGetConnected? 

  • Step 1- Create a user profile/simply log into THIS page with your Viterbo username/info (Viterbo emails only)
  • Step 2 – Select preferences for causes/interests (can return to profile to edit),
  • Step 3 – After your profile is updated/created, return to the Needs page to reserve a spot at your preferred project.

Letter Writing Resources for service efforts:

  • Example templates for writing to legislators to advocate on behalf of an agency or cause: click here
  • Find your national, state, and local elected officials: click here
  • Needs to write letters to local individuals isolated in nursing homes/assisted living facilities: click here
  • Write letters to veterans through Freedom Honor Flight: click here


What do we do?

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.  Registration is available/active 3-4 weeks prior to serving, with a deadline typically the Tuesday before.  All students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their families/guests are invited! For questions contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at 608-796-3846 or

If you are interested in being 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 participating.** 

COVID19 Adjustments:

  • Participation will be limited to Viterbo students and employees following our strict COVID19 guidelines.  Until further notice, outside family, friends, or guests will not be participating.
  • We will be prioritizing projects that are within walking distance or do not require carpooling/confined travel for long distances.
  • Projects that do require travel will be on a school bus with 15-20 people total and 1-2 projects, well below 50% capacity of the 45+ that would normally ride a school bus to multiple project drop-offs.
  • All participants are required to wear their mask for the duration of the morning and anytime 6 ft distance cannot be guaranteed, even on outdoor projects. 
  • All participants are encouraged to bring a sling bag with hand sanitizer, a full water bottle, a snack, and/or any other personal needs relevant to their project (work gloves, sunscreen, backup mask, bug spray, etc).
  • We will not be meeting as a large group at any point.  The registration/welcome will happen in assigned classrooms by project and lunch/reflection will also happen within each small project group. 
  • Participants are encouraged to prioritize health and safety.  If you wake up with a temperature or any symptoms, please stay home and email your Site Leader to inform them of your absence. 

Upcoming Service Saturdays and Registration

Service Saturdays generally start with check-in prior to 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 at Viterbo. Visit the Details section of this page for—you guessed it—more details. 

2020-2021 Dates 

Aug. 29: Orientation Service Saturday - We sent approximately 335 people out into the community for 3 hours, providing a community impact value of $27,336 in just one morning.  While those numbers are impressive, the true impact we make on any given Saturday has to include the relationships, reflection, and connections built between each other and the neighbors we serve alongside.

Sept. 19: Traditional Service Saturday - This traditional Service Saturday was cancelled due to rising COVID19 cases in the La Crosse area.  Alternatively, we saw 35+ people serve safely through letter writing campaigns, knitting/sewing contributions for our Knit-a-Thon efforts, and cleaning up trash throughout the neighborhoods near Viterbo.  

Oct. 3: Traditional Service Saturday 

Nov. 7: Traditional Service Saturday 

Dec. 5: Viterbo Rings - On the first weekend back from Thanksgiving break, Viterbo will need all hands on deck to take over every Salvation Army Red Kettle locations for the day.  Last year, 166 Viterbo folks raised nearly $7,700 in one day at 20 different locations!  All are welcome and groups are encouraged to adopt an entire location for the day.  Click here to visit our Viterbo Rings page!

Jan. 30: Service with the Sisters - Approximately 30 people will be able to serve directly with our founding FSPA Sisters at the St. Rose Convent to make this day special.  The rest of us will serve at other locations, but our day will be intentionally rooted in the foundation the Sisters have laid.  

Feb. 13: Traditional Service Saturday - Last year, this day focused around advocacy.  How can we be intentional with our service?  Can you join us for another traditional Service Saturday?  

March 6: Traditional Service Saturday - This day is special because lunch and reflection will be hosted by our partners at the Place of Grace.  Founded by Professor Tom Thibodeau, the Place of Grace helps provide food, resources, and spiritual support to our closest neighbors, just a few blocks from Viterbo.  Join us to help make love visible through service!

April 17: President's Day of Service - When President Temple started in her role at Viterbo, she advocated for a day of service instead of a large formal celebration.  Since then, every spring we end our year together with a larger Service Saturday to celebrate our year together.  In the spring of 2019, we saw over 200 people join us even after a fresh April snowstorm.

Anti-Racist Resources

Service Saturdays 6-Week Anti-Racism Project: Created to help the Service Saturdays family navigate their journey to better understand and dismantle racist ideas and policies. 

Click here to access hundreds of resources to learn more, reflect on, and celebrate our neighbors of color!

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. The community agencies count on us.

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 that the site leaders 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 Viterbo 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 may 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 Andrea Wendricks, Trevor Rowray, or Elizabeth Saltzman.  You may also contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at 608-796-3846 or We are more than happy to answer your questions about Service Saturdays!

Left to Right: Elizabeth, Andrea, Trevor
L-R: Elizabeth, Andrea, Trevor

Meet our Service Saturdays Student Leaders

Elizabeth Picture.jpg
Trevor Rowray Service Saturdays Student Leader headshot
Photo of Andrea Wendricks with Oliver

Elizabeth Saltzman

Trevor Rowray   

Andrea Wendricks

Major: Psychology Major: Biology

Major: Nursing

Minors: Business Administration &

Human Resources Management

Minor: Psychology Minor: Spanish
Class Year: Class of 2023 Class Year: Class of 2023 Class Year: Class of 2024
Hometown: Randolph, MA Hometown: West Union, IA   Hometown: Cottage Grove, WI


What People are Saying about Service Saturdays

Orientation Service Saturday saw over 330 people serve at 21 different projects. CLICK HERE to see the coverage from WKBT.

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.


"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

Who Do We Serve?

Catholic Charities Warming Center: Learn about the Warming Center and how service impacts our neighbors in need!  Click here to hear from Hope Hickman, Human Resources Coordinator for Catholic Charities of La Crosse. 

FSPA Garden and Greenhouse: Learn about the impact service has on the FSPA Garden and Greenhouse.  Click here to hear from Karen Stoltz, the FSPA Ecospirituality Project Outreach Coordinator.  

UGetConnected Conversation Series - Day 1: This video highlights 3 agencies focused on stewardship of our environment: Friends of the Blufflands, Mississippi Valley Conservancy, and WisCorp

UGetConnected Conversation Series - Day 2: This video highlights the Great Rivers United Way and the Pump House, two local agencies impacting our community in meaningful ways.

UGetConnected Conversation Series - October: This video highlights Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army, two local organizations that serve our neighbors on the margins through collaborative, volunteer-driven programs.