Alpha Phi Omega is a worldwide, co-ed service fraternity with chapters at over 350 campuses, including one at Valparaiso University. Committed to the three ideals of Leadership, Friendship, and Service, the members of the Zeta Gamma chapter at VU engage in service with the larger Valparaiso community through coordinated service opportunities. Each member of APO completes at least 20 hours of service each semester by partnering with various organizations. APO has worked in a variety of projects - Cafe Manna, the soup kitchen on campus; Open Arms Women's Shelter, Relay for Life, Socktober, Movember, Campus Clean-Up, Operation Goody Bag, Gift Life, and many running events from 5ks to half marathonos. Members are self-motivated and willing to put aside selfish interest in hopes of serving a common good.
Biology Club is primarily focused on trout stream restoration projects, which are typically a day-long project involving a small group of students working to improve the conditions of one of these streams. This may include relocating debris, removing garbage, and lining the banks with pine trees or stones. Recently, the club has been approved to adopt a portion of the Little Kankakee River under the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Hoosier Riverwatch program.This undertaking should provide more opportunities for student involvement and awareness of the local environmental conditions and stream ecosystems. Biology Club is open to students of all majors that are interested in stream restoration. In the past year, in addition to stream restoration events and monthly Healthy River’s Lectures, the Club has been part of other service events including Relay for Life and Day of Caring.
How to Get Involved: Meeting times are still yet to be determined. Attend the Healthy River's lecture on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in Neils 234. Check out their blog for more information - http://blogs.valpo.edu/vubioclub/
Club Educate is a student-run organization that was begun by Math and Science Education students in the Spring of 2013. The group was created to support one another through academics, to attempt to bring positive change to certain aspects of the University, to display leadership to both incoming and current undergraduate students, and to form a community that works to improve education. In the past year the group has volunteered at Compass Tutoring Center, volunteered for Science Olympiad, volunteered for Science Fair, held a fundraiser, had group discussions on educational issues, and more.
How to Get Involved: Come to a meeting on Wednesdays in Niels 224 from 8-8:30 pm
College Mentors for Kids is a volunteer organization that works with students grades 1-5 from local elementary schools. Once a week, the students come to Valpo's campus and do activities that show them what college is like. These activities range from the Chemistry Club, the Frisbee team, VUTV, VUPD, and anything in between. Each student is paired up one-on-one with a VU student and they do the activities together. Since the students mostly come from low-income homes, our goal is to get them excited about their future and let them know that college is an option for them.
How to Get Involved: Students interested in becoming a mentor must complete an application! Check out the national website to begin the process - http://www.collegementors.org/campuses/23
Engineers Without Borders - EWB is a service-based organization consisting of university students committed to partnering with international, national and local undeveloped communities to design and implement sustainable projects. Guided by faculty and professional mentors, students employ engineering, nursing, business, and science skills (to name a few) to develop solutions that not only solve technical problems but that remain viable after EWB-Valpo has completed the project. Currently, EWB - Valpo is working with the village of La Palma in Nicaragua to improve their piping system and build an additional water storage tank to prevent the wasting of water.
How to Get Involved: Eat With EWB - Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. in the Hearth
Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is a group of students who minister to social justice issues in their local and global community by developing skills of leadership, advocacy, listening, self-education, and philanthropy through weekly meetings and annual events. To get involved people can look them up at valpo.edu/chapel/salt or simply come to the meetings. Students from all backgrounds, faiths, races, genders, cultures, and orientations are welcome!
Here is their mission statement:
The Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is the Spirit-led social justice ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University in which students in community seek to embody the Christian call to be the "salt of the earth" (Matt. 5:13). SALT helps students develop a passion and practice of Christian social action. SALTers draw upon God’s love for people to cultivate the skills of community organizing, awareness raising, and fund development. SALT alumni are equipped to lead lives of social justice and serve as agents for positive change in their communities.
How to Get Involved: Meetings each week in Mueller Hall Refectory, Tuesday nights at 9:30 until 10:30.
Student Nursing Association (SNA) is a volunteer organization within the College of Nursing. The goals of the organization are to promote professional nursing development, to raise awareness of healthcare issues, and, most importantly, to make a positive difference in the community. Service activities that we have helped with include American Heart Association Heart Walks, Relay for Life, VU Day of Caring, March of Dimes, Porter County Goes Red, food drives for Hilltop Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Heart of Gold Gala, and the Boys and Girls Club Steak and Burger Event. SNA meetings have guest speakers present at each meeting to talk about important issues in the nursing field and then they discuss upcoming activities and ideas. SNA offers great opportunities to gain experience and knowledge and become more comfortable in a nursing role.
How to Get Involved: Meetings are once a month LeBien Hall room 108. The days and times vary.