Buenafication Day Logs Nearly 2,400 Hours of Service

Buenafication Day Logs Nearly 2,400 Hours of Service

Over 1,100 volunteers participated in Buena Vista University’s 99th annual Buenafication Day on April 24, contributing 2,376 hours of community service.

“Our partnership with St. Mary’s school and the Storm Lake public schools, and more participation by BVU students, faculty and staff, increased our number of volunteers and service hours,” says Ashley Farmer-Hanson, director of civic engagement. 

This year, approximately 68 BVU departments, student organizations and athletic teams volunteered service at 38 locations on campus and in the Storm Lake community, which included planting 60 trees on Expansion Road.

A new project this year was preparation of “bead bags” for the Des Moines Children’s Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospital for the “Beads of Courage” program.

BVU students also put together over 750 backpack meals for students in the Storm Lake area as part of the “BVU Against Hunger” initiative. Each backpack meal contained two breakfasts, two lunches and four snacks, for a total of 3,000 meals and 3,000 snacks.

Projects at the schools included playground cleanup at St. Mary’s and indoor spring cleaning at the Storm Lake Elementary School.  Forty middle school students joined BVU’s Outdoor Recreation Club to clean up Scout Park.

“Next year, we will be observing the 100th anniversary of Buenafication Day and will be planning not just a day of activities, but also weeklong service activities that are based around the number 100. We want to develop the partnerships we have established in the community and build on them, so if people have ideas we are open to them.  We would love to find a way to involve more people in a variety of activities that meet community needs,” says Farmer-Hanson.