Our students serve in more than 25 states around the US. For each trip we have to find housing, plan meals, coordinate service, etc. If you’re looking to give back to these students who are using their breaks to give back, we have a number of ways you can serve them. Those are spelled out below (keep in mind the typical trip has 12 students on it). If you’re just looking to donate, click here.
Provide a meal for them.
This could be a nice home-cooked meal, ordering them pizza or taking them out to a restaurant.
Help our students find housing.
Finding a cheap or free place to stay on these trips is one of the most daunting tasks our students face. Sometimes it is easy – one phone call and they’re set. Most of the time they have to call every church and non-profit in town to find something. You know the area you live in better than we do and have connections our students do not. You could provide recommendations on where to stay or ask friends if they have any connections to help find the students a place to stay for the week.
Coordinate an alumni event to meet the students.
Our students are on these trips to learn about the communities and populations they are serving as much as they are to do the service. An alumni event gives a chance for students to get to know the area/issues better because they can hear directly from people in the community. Also, they get a chance to meet USD alums and ask questions about life after college.
House our students for one night.
Some of our trips have to drive two days to get to their service sites. In these cases, they are looking for places to stay one night on the way there and back (usually on either Friday or Saturday nights). All they need is a place to crash and get some shut-eye before heading out the next morning. One of our principles is “Be Gumby,” meaning be flexible and go with it. As a result our students sleep on couches, floors and many other crazy places on these trips without complaint.
House our students for the week or weekend.
Depending on how long the trips are serving they need a place to stay for a week or weekend (All weekend trips stay in South Dakota). This is a big commitment and we know that. You’d be a rock star in the student’s eyes and we promise when they leave your house will be as clean as it was when they got there (or cleaner if you’d like).
If there’s something that you’d like to do for our students, but it is not listed, just let us know!
If you’d like, complete the form below with the information it asks. If we have a trip heading near your city we’ll pass on your information to our student site leaders as they plan the trips. They will then get in contact with you. Note: you may not hear anything from us because we do not have a trip headed near you.