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GV Students Serve the Community

Service to others is not only an investment in the success of others, but is also a personal investment in one’s self. The skills, experiences, and perspectives gained from community service are instrumental for students.

Grand View students have many opportunities for service that enhance their learning and personal growth. Meaningful service is connected with academic goals, building on partnerships between the university and community agencies. When students engage in work that contributes to the community and broader society, they gain perspecives they can't get in a classroom.

Grand View was named to the Presidential Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

A few examples of GV service

Students in the Education Club offer tutoring and mentoring within the Des Moines community more than 360 hours a week. Club members help with after school programs and are volunteer tutors for elementary and high school students on GVs campus.  GV students have also partnered with the Gear Up Program at East and North High Schools and talked to these students about the importance of furthering their education beyond high school.

Approximately 100 GV student leaders volunteer each year to serve in the community.  They recently volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, cleaning up Habitat neighborhoods and the grounds of an elementary school.  Teachers, administrators and students were grateful and said it brought their spirits up and increased their school pride.

GV nursing students are asked to develop partnerships with agencies to serve families, helping them make healthy choices. In the past, students have partnered with Buchanan House, a homeless shelter for youth, spending time cooking and providing education on nutrition and fellowship; Lutheran World Relief, collecting supplies and raising funds to purchase supplies for health kits; and Blood Center of Iowa, coordinating blood drives each year on GVs campus.

Additional service sites:
Southern Care Hospice
Des Moines Before and After School Arts Program
Animal Rescue League
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Luther Park
State Historical Building
Living History Farms
Kidsfest
Festival of Trees and Lights
Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa.

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