As a St. Norbert College student, you have the opportunity to apply for TRIPS: an alternative break program that seeks to serve the needs of communities across the country and the globe. The experiences of past participants demonstrate how TRIPS can be life-changing for you!
Senior Marisa Strothenke isn’t afraid to admit that preparing for her trip to St. Lucia, West Indies was a little bit scary. Although Marisa has been a part of the TRIPS program at St. Norbert College since her sophomore year, participating in both the Poverty and Homelessness trip to Washington D.C. and the Affordable Housing trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, she wasn’t exactly sure what to expect this time around. She explains, “Trying to lead a group of students to a foreign country that you have never been to is really intimidating.”
Luckily for Marisa, she was able to find comfort in the partner organization she was traveling with. She claims that Good News Project, who helped her prepare for the trip before her departure, treated her and her TRIPS group like family. “They were truly there for us,” she emphasizes. Marisa also credits her TRIPS group for being positive through all of the concerns they faced. She says, “They walked with me every step of the way and had my back through everything.”
With this year’s commencement just around the corner, it’s no surprise to hear everyone talking about their plans for after graduation. Don’t have your post-grad life figured out just yet? You’re not alone. Before you work yourself into a frenzy and go full-on panic mode, let’s talk about an option you might not have considered yet: post-graduate service. Earlier this year, I had the chance to visit the Norbertine Volunteer Community (NVC) and interview Rachel Muhs, a resident at the NVC, about her experience.
Written by Liz Groth
“The youth need more role models that they can look up to,” Matt Gannon, a sophomore at St. Norbert College, declared early on in my interview with him. Serving with the Greater Green Bay YMCA through Michels Hall Service Program gave Matt the opportunity to step up to the plate and become a role model for a group of 5th grade students in the Eisenhower Elementary after-school program. By working with the students one on one to tutor them in math and reading, Matt is able to share his passion for learning and inspire these students to work hard to make their dreams come true.
One week from today, the St. Norbert College community will be gathering together to celebrate service. On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning will be hosting our annual Celebrating Service event. Through spoken stories and visual displays, this event will showcase how students are impacting our community through service. Join us in celebration beginning at 3:00pm in Todd Wehr Hall! Continue reading
By Kalli Seglund ’17
Theresa Beaumier, an alumna of St. Norbert College, shares her experiences at SNC that influenced her decision to pursue post-grad service.
Theresa worked at the Center for Community Service and Learning (now known as the Sturzl Center) as a research fellow, studied abroad in Chile, was a member of the ALIVE team and served through TRIPS (alternative breaks) all while studying Religious Studies at SNC. As a result, Continue reading
“When we first got to St. Vincent de Paul there were two men working in the department that we were volunteering in. They were sorting through box after box of donated items. Once we started to help, the boxes were emptying so much faster and I realized how much they needed our help. The work we got done in 1 hour, could have taken them 5!”
〜 Becky Wood, First-Year Student
This past Friday, August 23rd, marked the 10th Annual Into the Streets event! This opportunity is a one-day event that sends first-year students off-campus and into the Greater Green Bay Community. As part of Week of Welcome, Into the Streets gives students the chance to get acquainted with the wonderful community and peers they will be surrounded by for the next four years through an afternoon of service.
The day began with a send-off rally led by Cristi Burrill, Assistant Director of Leadership Development. The following video was shown to help reveal the true impact the students would be making through their collaborative effort.
Into the Streets 2013 was a huge success. Here are 8 awesome reasons why!
1.) This year was the 10th annual event.
2.) 545 volunteers participated.
3.) Volunteers helped out at 42 sites in the Greater Green Bay Area.
4.) Around 1,090 hours of service were completed.
5.) One of the sites was the Potato Drop. At this site, around 80 students, staff, and alumni unloaded and distributed more than 42,000 pounds of potatoes.
6.) The potatoes were distributed to 15 local pantries.
7.) St. Norbert College received a $1,500 grant from Walmart to support the event.
8.) Into the Streets is the largest St. Norbert College community service event each year.
After the event, we had a chance to hear from a few students who had volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul. Their primary activity was rough-sorting donation items. After reflecting on the events of the day, two of the students made the same realization.
“Spending the afternoon at St. Vincent de Paul was a great way to see a different side of volunteering. It was a humbling experience to see how much work the volunteers put into making the donations ready for sale.”
〜 Steph Blumer, First-Year Student
“After getting a tour of the many departments within St. Vincent de Paul, I realized how important volunteers are for them. I never realized how much work goes into every item before it is sold. It makes me appreciate the volunteers who go in every morning to make it possible.”
Through their own volunteer efforts, they realized just how much of an impact regular volunteers can have on an organization. Into the Streets was an eye-opening experience for all who were involved and it was a great way to kick off the new school year!
Into the Streets is organized by the St. Norbert College Office of Leadership, Student Engagement, and First Year Experience with the support of the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.
If you are interested in getting more involved with service at St. Norbert College, find the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning on Facebook!
By Laura Riley