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The Committee on Vocation and Service

Waldorf CaresThe Committee on Vocation and Service (CVS) is charged with facilitating and tracking service projects undertaken by Waldorf College students, faculty, and staff. The CVS organizes select recurring service projects each year, but its primary mission is to promote service and learning on campus.

The committee does not operate with an annual budget. Therefore, CVS must raise funds to support any projects that it undertakes or supports. It is the policy of CVS not to provide funds for service projects, but rather to provide support—including marketing, human resources, and networking—for service projects undertaken by Waldorf representatives.

Recent service projects include:

Student Life:

  • Highway clean-up
  • Forest City Rake-a-Thon
  • Eyeglass collection for the Lion’s Club, and clothing donations for Krysilis
  • Recycling program in Breen Hall
  • Warrior Theme House students visiting assisted living residents several times throughout the year.

Student Senate:

  • Pennies for Puppies—Money was raised for the Lion’s Club Program of leader dogs for the blind being trained in prisons.  A “penny war” was sponsored by the student senate.  Each floor of the residence halls had a collection jar in the Campus Information Center. 



  • Labor Day weekend walk at Pilot Knob to raise attention about person directed care in nursing homes.  Cheerleaders walked, and provided transportation from the campus to Pilot Knob and back every hour.  150 people participated in the event.


  • Raked leaves and picked up bags.
  • Unloaded, loaded and packaged food for the Kids Against Hunger Food Packaging Event

Men’s Golf

  • Participated in the food packaging event.

Women’s Basketball

  • Coaches Vs. Cancer Game = The team promoted cancer awareness by wearing pink.  There was a raffle for various prizes, and T-shirts and pink “cancer awareness” basketballs were sold.  Each person at the game was given a pink ribbon. More than $500 was raised.


  • The team went to Forest Plaza (senior care facility) on a number of occasions to gave manicures, visit with the elderly and help with singing and dancing on Valentine’s Day

Mens & Womens Soccer

  • Collected old children’s soccer balls and donated them to the Methodist Church which was sending them to Iraq to help with a relief project being run by the U.S. Army.

Alpha Chi National Honors Society:

  • Held a bake sale to raise money for the Food Packaging Event. 

Amnesty International:

  • Chapel Worship with Momo Wolapaye highlighting human rights.
  • Hundreds of letters sent in an appeal to alleviate human rights abuses.
  • Domestics Violence Awareness Day was held in the Atrium.  Pictures were displayed and letters were sent to government officials about domestic violence.
  • Human rights film night that included letter signing, a short film about a small aid organization that sends medical supplies to remote regions of Burma and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was shown.
  • Amnesty students ushered at MLK Day convocation.
  • Chapel Worship with Amnesty Students highlighting health care issues and circulating a letter to be signed bringing issues before governmental officials.

Honors College:

  • Honors students planned a Magic Night of Reading for children in the community.  The night was to include magic, reading, and gift baskets for the children.  Twice the event was snowed out.  The gifts were donated to our education department and the students did read to children one evening at Book-A-Dee.
  • T-Shirt Collection.  About 150 shirts were collected that were cut and sewn into infant diapers for Lutheran World Relief layettes.

Waldorf Health Services:

  • Blood Center of Iowa Blood Drive - 54 units collected
  • Red Cross Blood Drive = 56 units collected

Education Department:

  • Dr. Seuss Day—students read to children at daycares and preschools
  • Halloween face painting for community children
  • Scholastic Book Orders--The Education Club processes orders for scholastic books, which can be purchased at a significantly reduced cost.

Music Department:

  • Piano Benefit Concert for the Forest City Food Shelf.  Students for the piano studios of Dr. Kristin Taylor and Professor Diane Stadtlander  performed a concert followed by a reception.  Monetary donations and food items were collected for the Forest City Food Shelf.
  • New Age Piano Benefit Concert to support Earthquake Relief.  Pianist Donovan Johnson, a former Waldorf student preformed a benefit concert of new-age piano music.  Donations were accepted for the American Red Cross in support of the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund

Committee on Vocation & Service:

  • Bread Line
    • Bread was sold on Saturday morning at the American Legion
    • Money raised was split between the local food shelf and the Food packaging event.
  • Valentine Dinner/Play/Dance
    • Waldorf food service served a Valentine meal and students provided special music
    • A play premiered at a special price along with the meal
    • The Forest City Sliders provided music for a dance following the play
    • Money raised went toward Kinds Against Hunger event
  • Food Packaging Event
    • Waldorf partnered with Kids Against Hunger to send prepackaged nutritional meals to Haiti
    • In 2010:
    • More than $15,000 was raised to purchase food
    • More than 300 volunteers packaged food
    • 49, 784 meals were packaged and sent to Haiti