ST. JOSEPH, Wis. (WXOW) — Viterbo University students and community members volunteered to help plant and prepare the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration’s greenhouse at Villa St. Joseph for the upcoming harvest season.
Volunteers were out and about all over La Crose and surrounding communities. Some helped the Red Cross and La Crosse Fire Department install free smoke detectors. Another group of people helped deep clean the local American Legion.
Viterbo University junior and nursing student Emily Pachan volunteered her time on top of working as a resident advisor and tour guide.
“I really love serving the community. It’s one of my more favorite things that Viterbo gets to do all of the time,” Pachan said. “I think it’s really impactful and it’s great to see the change that you can actually bring to the world even if it’s just one Saturday.”
The group of students and community member planted seedlings that will later grow in the organic gardens at Villa St. Joseph. Once the fresh produce is ready, it gets picked and served to people at St. Rose’s Convent and the FSPA’s retirement community.
Viterbo President Glena Temple implemented “Service Saturdays” when she was hired three years ago.
“I know we say it so many times but you get so much more than you give when you engage in projects like this,” Temple said.
Viterbo staff said around 300 to 350 people helped out across the community. Saturday is known as “President’s Day of Service” because it’s the last one of the year.