Volunteers-In-Action (VIA) is a student-run service organization aimed at serving the people of the Twin Cities. VIA has six different sites around the Cities: Westside Boys and Girls Club, Adopt-A-Grandparent at Episcopal Church Home, Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), MEDS at United Hospital, Tommie Park and Rec at the Cities’ parks, and Tommie Outreach at various locations. Each site is unique in who it serves; making VIA an exciting opportunity for students to get involved and give back, while also gaining valuable experience in a potential career field.
VIA works to educate students on social justice issues and at their specific site, hosts a Holiday Dinner for local shelters, and sponsors other on-campus service days, like Community Clean-Up Day. In particular, the holiday dinners have been taking place for over 20 years, providing an elegant meal (prepared and served by students) for up to 250 people from Listening House and the Dorothy Day Center.
VIA is a highly visible and respected group on campus, frequently winning student organization awards. Hundreds of St. Thomas students volunteer with VIA each year, and the program also provides fantastic leadership opportunities for UST students who serve as student directors and site leaders.