Duhawks Giving Back at Christmas


Giving back is a strong tradition at Loras College.  Students are involved in service in many ways, from their first week at Loras, and that commitment often follows them throughout their lives. In its 20th year at Loras, the Social Work Council’s Giving Tree program is a prime example.

Students of all majors are involved with the Social Work Council, which has partnered with Operation New View’s Santa’s Helper program for 20 years to collect donations and gifts to distribute to Dubuque families in need at Christmas.

“Since the beginning, we have had many faculty and staff participate every year and model generosity either by taking a name(s) themselves or coordinating a class to take a name or two,” said Nancy Fett (’90), professor of social work and Social Work Council moderator.  “Operation New View has been a great partner from the beginning.  They even allowed us to change their format for asking information from families.  They are a dedicated team down there and we are glad to have been a part of this for so long,”

This year’s coordinators, Katie Kramer (’17), Little Chute, Wisconsin, and Allegra Johnson (’19), Solon, Iowa, are leading the group toward a lofty goal: to get 200 kids sponsored, the equivalent of raising $10,000. Last year, the Giving Tree initiative helped 134 Dubuque kids.

The initiative will launch following Thanksgiving break when ornaments with a child’s wants and needs will be available for sponsor. The council then begins to accept monetary donations.

For more information, email giving.tree@loras.edu.