"Augustana Acts" Tracks, Inspires Service Around the Globe
At the start of Verdier 2012, the week-long celebration of Augustana's guiding values and ethics in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Covenant Award, College officials unveiled "Augustana Acts" a pay-it-forward initiative to encourage acts of service around the globe.
Wooden tokens promoting "Augustana Acts" were distributed Monday during worship in the Chapel of Reconciliation and throughout campus. Their purpose is to inspire the token holder to support individuals and communities in need locally, throughout the U.S. and around the world. Once an act of service is complete, the individual can log their act via an interactive online map. Individuals can also pass the tokens on to others to inspire them to "act" as well.
"At Augustana, we're committed to responding to the needs of communities here and around the globe. We know and understand the importance of doing all we can today to ensure a better world tomorrow. We'll celebrate acts of service by the Augustana community during Verdier 2012," officials said.
“At Augustana, values such as community and service are central to our culture and serve as the compass that guides our community,” said Rob Oliver, president of the College. “Time and time again, our students, faculty and staff have demonstrated their commitment to improving the lives of others."
Learn more and log your act of service today.
Already, a number of "Augustana Acts" have been recorded, including:
Passion for Fashion
The Augustana Women's Association collected more than 60 dresses for girls in need of a dress on the Cheyenne Reservation (Eagle Butte, SD). The group also volunteered at the event where the girls could try on dresses.
Dance Marathon at Augustana
At their event in late March, Augustana Dance Marathon raised $14,000 for Children's Miracle Network.
Volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire
Members of Augustana SALT (Serving and Learning Together) volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire.
Face It Together
Director of Student Activities Jeff Venekamp and five others volunteered with Face It Together and help evaluate and develop programs to help people with Substance Abuse Disorder find and maintain healthy lives.
Director of the Campus Learning Center Judy Knadel sent a care package with food and cash to a person who lost his job in Las Vegas.
Good Samaritan Luther Manor
Five members of Augustana's Serving and Learning Together went to the retirement home and played BINGO with the residents.
Care Package to Serviceman in Afghanistan
Accounting Manager Sharon Heap and three others sent a soldier from Sioux Falls some comforts of home via a care package, including some of the soldier's favorite treats.
Care Kits of Japan Relief
Members of SALT prepared personal care kits to aid Japan Relief. One hundred care kits were prepared and sent to Lutheran World Relief in St. Paul, Minn., to be forwarded on to Japan.