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Meet Crookston Through Service


WDAY TV (August 2013): University of Minnesota Crookston students are lending a helping hand  

For Students

Before classes event start, you will begin to meet your new community through a service event called “Meet Crookston through Service.” In addition to learning where you can later volunteer, you also find out where the local attractions, churches, and schools are located.


For Community Partners

As part of New Student Orientation, students are introduced to Crookston through a program called “Meet Crookston through Service” before classes even start. Students help prepare elementary school classrooms, clear cross-country ski trails, trim trees at local parks, clean kennels and walk dogs at the humane society, assist with building Habitat Houses, make apple pies with residents of an assisted living center, prepare playground surfaces, wash windows and do other maintenance work at local churches, pack boxes at the food bank, assist with work at historical museums, and many other projects. During this morning of service, staff members photograph the activities and produce a slideshow, which is viewed during the reflection dinner later that evening. Community partners share in the dinner celebration, and students learn about many community opportunities. Students feel a sense of accomplishment as they work with a group of new friends whom they might not otherwise work with in this unique setting. A great deal of work in the community gets done.


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Staff from UMC and NWROC packed 500 boxes at North Country Food Bank last night!...
Staff from UMC and NWROC packed 500 boxes at North Country Food Bank last night! We had so much fun that we are planning on making this a monthly event!

North Country Food Bank is in need of volunteers at We Fest August 7-9.
North Country Food Bank is in need of volunteers at We Fest August 7-9.


Community Service News Feed

IRS Certified Free Tax Service Available at U of M Crookston
Students in the University of Minnesota Crookston Accounting and Finance Society are ready to help with tax preparation. The VITA/TCE site will operate from Monday, February 24 through Monday, April 14, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 4...

Spring 2013 Student Awards Ceremony Recognizes Achievement in Academics, Athletics, Service, and Leadership
The annual Student Awards Program, a celebration of student service, leadership, and academic and athletic achievement, was held recently at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Assistant Professor Denis Maier, who teaches in the Business Department, was the 2012 Outstanding Educator...

U of M Crookston Named to 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The University of Minnesota Crookston was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The Crookston campus...

Alumna Katie Schnieder '12 Joins Office of Community Engagement through AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Appointment
Katie Schneider, a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Crookston from Delano, Minnesota, and former community adviser, has begun a one-year AmeriCorps VISTA appointment in the Office of Community Engagement, following training in Albuquerque, N.M., February 26 - 28, 2013....