The Mission of SALT
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 from all walks of life come together in community to embody the Christian call to be the “salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:13). SALT helps students develop a passion and practice of social action. SALTers reflect God’s love for people by cultivating the skills of community organizing, raising awareness, and fund development. SALTers are equipped to lead lives of social justice and serve as agents for positive change in their communities.
Every year, the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University selects one project for which to raise money, the World Relief Campaign. This is in addition to numerous activities done locally which generate hundreds of volunteer hours by students and benefit the Valparaiso area. SALT is involved in local volunteering, spring break service trips, and church-based community organizing.
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World Relief Campaign 2021
This year the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) set out to support the work of the Community Change Center: We Are One Inc.The Community Change Center is a new organization based in Gary, Indiana and founded by a recent graduate of Valparaiso University’s Social Work department, Samantha Burgett. Our campaign entitled “A Haven for Hope: Restorative Housing” is working to raise money in an effort to rehabilitate two residential properties that will house formerly incarcerated individuals. SALTers had the opportunity to go to the properties and do some work while learning more about the programs that will be offered.
This semester SALT has been able to put on several successful events both virtually and in person such as 2,000 Dollar Day, Pie-A-Professor, and our Color 4 a Cause 5K. We focused on advocacy, awareness-raising, and creating partnerships within the community. Through these efforts we have raised just over $20,000. This amount surpasses what they need in materials but in order for them to not be reliant on volunteered labor, we would love to raise even more. We will be keeping the campaign open until the end of May and would like to thank everyone who joined us in making this possible.
To follow our campaign efforts follow SALT on Instagram or Facebook at @valposalt. To make a donation please use the Facebook Donation button, visit our website https://worldreliefcampaign.org/, or checks can be made out to the World Relief Campaign and sent to 1600 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383.
Below: Scenes from previous years' Color 4 a Cause 5K, the biggest fundraiser for the World Relief Campaign.