After a light breakfast and posting for pictures on campus, it was carpool time to the Bowden Youth Center in downtown Sioux Falls. The Bowden Youth Center offers a variety of services including education, counseling, drop-in center for runaway and homeless youth, meals, workshops, and recreational activities. Bowden is supported by Volunteers of America Dakotas.
Our hard work was timely and appreciated, as Friday was the final day of classes for the Sioux Falls school district and the Bowden Youth Center would be switching gears to offer their summer programs starting on May 20.
Bowden Youth Center members greeted our 20-plus member group and provided information about the individuals they serve, their background, and a list of tasks for the morning.
We split into small groups and began tackling the various tasks set out by the Bowden staff. We cleaned the kitchen, rec room, shower room, library, music room, rebooted the bulletin boards, painted, and interacted with the children that were there for the day. Each room had its very own group to help spruce up the place.
Globe University’s Director of Career Services, Ann Kolbrek, described her experience at the Bowden by stating, “I thought that the Community Service Day was an excellent opportunity for not only faculty and staff, but for students to give back to a community that has invested so much in its citizens! The Bowden Center was clearly a worthy and deserving foundation in real need of volunteers and community assistance. It’s great to be a part of something that your own work has positive consequences that you can see transform before your very eyes!”
Ann wasn’t the only one on campus who had great things to say about our time at the Bowden. Director of Admissions Charlie Buehler stated, “It’s great to see the same principles we uphold in our classrooms with our students applied to the entire campus. Community Service Day equals great success!”
Veterinary technology program chair Kim Sieverding said, “I loved helping at the Bowden Center. The center provides a much-needed spot for kids throughout the year, especially during the summer months. It was great to see the building and all the activities that children could participate in. Knowing how nice the staff is and what the children do there makes my heart smile!”
Rob Shaw, Bowden Youth Center coordinator, noted, “It’s perfect timing this year. Today is the last day of school here in Sioux Falls and Monday kicks off all our summer programs and extended hours and services. The folks here at Globe are making a huge difference in the over 600 kids we work with each week.”
It was a great day and as a campus we were able to help the community to which we belong. Campus Director Melanie Schopp stated, “The Bowden Youth Center is a wonderful resource for our community and it felt good to be helping them get a ‘spring cleaning’. They provide so much for our community every day; it was nice to give them something back.”
By Jay Meyers, Dean of Faculty, Globe University-Sioux Falls