Learning Through Service

Students of The Virtues Campus used a community service opportunity last week to give back while also learning some valuable skills.
 
The students made a volunteer trip Friday, Oct. 28, to the Feed My Starving Children location in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
 
Feed My Starving Children offers volunteers an experience to hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals. The bags are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to partners to reach the neediest children around the world.
 
Through volunteering, the students got the chance to make a tangible difference and impact hundreds of kids. They packed over 90 boxes, which will feed about 20,000 meals!
 
In addition to providing a service, the trip was used to develop soft people skills.
 
“Community service projects are a great way to develop those skills, such as interacting with others and using teamwork to fill a need,” said Rev. Dr. David Glesne, The Virtues Campus President. “Employers are looking for that.”
 
The volunteer service is part of the curriculum for the students’ Vocation By Design class, which is a piece of The Virtues Campus career-readiness tract.
 
The Vocation by Design coursework includes studying the biblical view of vocation and assessing career options in light of understanding each student’s unique God-purposed design. Practical and professional principles are taught and practiced as students grow to impact and influence people in real-world applications.