Students in the Education Club offer assistance to local schools by organizing after school clubs, chaperoning events, and helping with miscellaneous tasks. Club members are encouraged to help tutor at afterschool programs. 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 the Blood Center of Iowa, coordinating blood drives twice each year on GV’s campus. They also coordinate collecting items for hygiene kits for the homeless, clothing drive for homeless shelters, and blood pressure screenings.
Additional service sites:
Southern Care Hospice
Des Moines Before and After School Arts Program
Animal Rescue League
Big Brothers Big Sisters
State Historical Building
Living History Farms
Festival of Trees and Lights
Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa.