Augustana Volunteers Support People in Need

Over the course of 20 days, in between classes and homework, the Augustana community raised more than $1,000 for people in need, collected more than 1,400 food items and 3,049 pounds of groceries for Feeding South Dakota, rallied 475 volunteers to serve the needs of nonprofits in Sioux Falls, assembled more than 200 school kits for Haiti earthquake victims and spent time with at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis.

“At Augustana, reaching out to one another and caring about our community are core to our values and central to our mission,” said Jim Bies, vice president and Dean of Students. “I couldn’t be more proud of our efforts to support the needs of communities both locally and abroad.”

In October, Augustana’s community-support efforts included:

  • Raising $400 for Children’s Miracle Network through an outdoor contest;
  • Raising $750 for Pakistani flood relief efforts through a Viking Days bake sale;
  • Assembling more than 200 school kits for Lutheran World Relief to support victims of the Haiti earthquake;
  • The acquisition of some 1,400 food items for Feeding South Dakota during a one-day collection drive co-sponsored by the Goo Goo Dolls at the Elmen Center;
  • Gathering 475 student, faculty and staff volunteers to serve 29 local support agencies and service projects; and collecting 3,049 pounds of groceries for Feeding South Dakota in support of Community Service Day. In its 16th year, Community Service Day was designed to introduce students, faculty and staff to opportunities to make a difference in the local community. Among other support activities, volunteers spent time repairing and painting buildings, caring for animals and collecting trash; and
  • Members of the Augustana Vikings Football Team spent a day visiting the Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations