Faithful to USF’s mission of serving God and humankind in the world, the University has a long-standing tradition of encouraging students to integrate service into their everyday lives. To exemplify this spirit of service, USF devotes one day during the academic year—dubbed ’Culture for Service Day’—to serving in the community.

“Culture for Service Day is a day that I would say most accurately expresses who we are as students, faculty and staff here at USF,” said Whitney Norberg, a junior Psychology and Theology and Biblical Studies double major and a member of USF’s Service Core. “We are always striving to do everything for God's glory rather than our own, and this day gives us the opportunity to truly share and show that with the Sioux Falls community. It lets us physically be the hands and feet of Jesus, which is the greatest privilege we could ever have.”

 On October 3, more than 500 faculty, staff and students will serve the Sioux Falls community in partnership with over 25 local organizations including:

  • Active Generations
  • Alpha Center
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire
  • Central Church
  • Dougherty Hospice House
  • Feeding South Dakota
  • Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons
  • Good Samaritan Society
  • Good Samaritan Village
  • Great Plains Zoo
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Jam Art & Supplies
  • Joe Foss Alternative School
  • LifeScape
  • Reach a Reader
  • Salvation Army
  • Sioux Falls Humane Society
  • Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation
  • Sioux Falls Seminary
  • Special Olympics South Dakota
  • St. Francis House
  • The Banquet
  • The Butterfly House Conservatory
  • Trail Ridge Senior Living

“Culture for Service Day at USF fits perfectly with our mission and who we are as an institution,” said Corey Ross, vice president for student development and dean of students. “We hope it will open our students’ eyes to all of the wonderful organizations in Sioux Falls and inspire them to model and create the habit of servant leadership now and beyond their time at USF.”

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