Big Volunteer Community Events
During Welcome Week each fall, new students are kept busy with special events, sessions, and activities all day and into the evening. The Volunteers Program Office organizes a service day project for all incoming students. The 2013 service event took place at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
The Valpo U Day of Caring is a University-wide community outreach project through a partnership with the United Way of Porter County. One Saturday every September, students from all parts of campus come together to work on a variety of service projects throughout the area. Past projects have included Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding the Dunes, Porter County Girl Scouts and Thrivent Financial Food-packing Campaigns.
Relay for Life is the premier annual event for the Valparaiso University chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. A tradition in the fall semester, Relay for Life is a 12 hour fundraiser to raise funds, awareness, and advocacy for the American Cancer Society. The Valparaiso University Relay for Life event has been taking place for over 15 years, and is scheduled for September 27, 2014 from Noon to Midnight at the Harre Union West Lawn. For more information visit: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY14LS?pg=entry&fr_id=58051.
During the university’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day 2014, the Volunteer Programs Office introduced a new event- The Celebration of Service. In recognition of the significant service projects and the numbers of hours being dedicated by our students, the Celebration of Service gave the opportunity to showcase our student organizations that are making a conscious effort to improve the greater Valparaiso community through service and leadership.
Dance Marathon is the official philanthropy of Valpo’s fraternity and sorority community and is part of a nationwide movement involving more than 150 schools across the United States, all raising money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. In February 2014, Valpo raised $24,280 for Lurie Children’s Hospital. Organizations and individuals from across campus joined the fraternities and sororities to dance for the cause, more than doubling the participation from last year’s inaugural event.
Rebuilding Together is a national volunteer organization working to preserve and revitalize low-income homes and communities. Every spring, Rebuilding Together-Valparaiso brings volunteers from the community together to help the elderly, the disabled, the very low-income and in many cases, low-income homes with children. In 2013, Valparaiso University students worked with other community members to rehab and revitalize 22 homes and nonprofit facilities. For more information see: http://www.rebuildingtogethervalparaiso.org/