VAL named Community Partner of Month by USD

VAL named Community Partner of Month by USD Vermillion Assisted Living (VAL) is The University of South Dakota Student Action Office's Community Partner of the Month. Numerous USD students volunteer at VAL through student organizations such as SERVE (Students Enhancing Resources for Vermillion's Enrichment) and the Adopt-a-Grandparent Program.

"More than anything else, students provide an enormous benefit to us and our residents by simply talking and socializing with our residents.�They really enjoy visiting with the students and look forward to it everyday," said Brynn Eitzen, the director of VAL.�"Students first and foremost gain respect for the elderly.�Working with our residents really opens their eyes to the different diagnoses that currently afflict today's elderly population."

There is a diverse assortment of volunteer opportunities available at VAL ranging from various evening and afternoon activities such as calling bingo, planning and/or coordinating special parties and events, helping with meals, and working with the residents on a direct basis. Additional volunteer opportunities and information on VAL can be found at the SAO's Community Partner

of the Month link http://


The Community Partner of the Month award was created by the SAO to feature local agencies so the campus and community may learn more about the agency's mission, services provided, clients they serve and available volunteer opportunities.

The SAO works to identify and promote community needs that can be met by students through service-learning.�By connecting USD students and faculty to community agencies, the SAO empowers students to make their own connections with the world around them for greater knowledge of their community, appreciation of differences, and commitment to civic participation.

The SAO is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps *VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Program, in addition to a grant from the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education, a Learn and Serve America grantee.� For more information, contact the Student Action Office at 677-6338, or

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