by Mari Pizzini–Morningside College’s all-campus volunteer day, Into the Streets, was held on Wednesday, October 2. Over 800 students gathered in Eppley Auditorium at 8 a.m. to head into the Siouxland area.
Volunteers worked with over 80 agencies doing various volunteer jobs, from cleaning and gardening to unloading Girl Scout cookies.
The event’s 13th year saw changes, including a partnership with Volunteer Siouxland. Co-Vice President’s, Abby Koch and Tim Sibbel, hoped this partnership would change the way Morningside students understood their impact on the community.
“We hoped that the new sign up process and the way Tim and I approached the event would let it be more streamlined and have more of an impact on the community,” Koch said.
Sibbel said, “I hope this partnership will also allow us to track our impact from year to year so we can see how we can change or continue what we are achieving.”
Though Into the Streets has been one of Morningside’s largest events since its start, its results haven’t been truly evident to the students.
Koch said, “This year we will be able to see the dollar amount of impact on the community because of our partnership.”
“[Volunteer Siouxland] will track our monetary work to see the full impact of what volunteering does,” Sibbel said, “which can lead students to consider volunteering in separate activities outside of Into the Streets itself.”
“Into the Streets had an impact of about $65,000 this year,” Sibbel continued, “We were able to track that for the first time to see what volunteering does for the Siouxland community.”
Future events will continue tracking the effect of Into the Streets, and future co-Vice Presidents will also be able to address potential event issues through this partnership.