Annual DWU Cares event gives back to Mitchell community

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Service projects central to annual event

By: The Mitchell Republic | May 5, 2021

The annual Dakota Wesleyan University Cares event, a combination of the former Great Wesleyan Giveback and A Day for Wesleyan events, was held May 4-5.

The service project spans two days for students, faculty and staff to fan out across the Mitchell community performing service projects preceding the annual online event designed to raise money for the Wesleyan Scholarship Fund.

Joel Allen, McGovern Center director and associate professor of religion and philosophy, chaired the service event this year.

“The McGovern Center, as a central focus, seeks to encourage service to others through hard work, humility, creativity and compassion,” Allen said in a release. “Nothing lines up with our mission more than organizing DWU Cares. Planning began months ago and involves coordinating with multiple community partners. The best part is that everyone enjoys the day and comes away with the good feeling of having done something to demonstrate that DWU truly cares for the Mitchell community.”

Teams performed a variety of service projects at the event, including at the Mitchell Municipal Golf Course, Graceland Cemetery, LifeQuest, Dry Run Creek, Lake Mitchell, Pepsi Soccer Complex, Mitchell Area Community Theater, EMBE, Carnegie Resource Center, Mitchell Area Safehouse, Firesteel Health Care, Avera Brady, Edgewood, WEsley Acres, First United Methodist Church, Cabela Drive, Corn Palace, Cadwell Park, First Lutheran Preschool, Wild Oak Golf Course and across the DWU campus.

Participants were encouraged to post their service project on social media platforms using the hashtag #DWUcares.

At the conclusion of the service projects, students and staff members returned to campus for lunch and a carnival celebration that kicked off the fundraising event. All Dakota Wesleyan University students receive scholarship assistance. This annual event helps raise money for the Wesleyan Scholarship Fund.


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