Simpson College AlumniSchool in Indianola, Iowa
Simpson students have a long standing tradition of asking "What can we do to help?" and then making a difference. So proud of these faculty, students and staff for their impact on the world!
After the devastating hurricanes on the Gulf Coast late last summer, Simpson College students, faculty, and staff were left with the question, "What can we do t...o help?" Members of our own campus community were affected as students' homes were damaged and families temporarily displaced. The Religious Life Community at Simpson College wanted to do something to support the communities to our south. A team of student leaders decided to use the annual alternative spring break program to have all participants engage in service to the communities devastated by the resulting floods. Student interns in the Chapel helped to plan a week-long service trip and on the first week of March, 24 students and staff from the college drove over 2,300 miles and volunteered over 480 hours of service to work on three separate homes. By the time we left, one homeowner was finally able to live in a home with walls all the way to the floor, instead of living with a two-foot opening throughout their entire house. The other two homeowners were now ready to move their belongings back home as our groups primed and painted their houses. While the students were grateful to serve for the benefit of others, they also grew in their own understanding of why they serve—to use the resources they have been given to help others live in safer homes.