Friday, August 2, 2013

Aggies Giving Back

Aggies Giving Back

Aggies all over the world are giving back in their communities. We've chosen a few stories about Aggies making a difference by volunteering their time and resources.

USU volleyball player Kaitlyn VanHoff recaps her volunteer trip to Tanzania with HELP International 

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LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball player Kaitlyn VanHoff recently returned from a month-long trip to Tanzania on the eastern side of Africa volunteering with HELP International
VanHoff, a native of Draper, Utah, will be a junior middle blocker for the Aggies this upcoming season. While in Tanzania, VanHoff kept a journal and upon her return, has shared her experiences from her trip:
It's hard to know where to begin talking about Africa. Being there a whole month really puts your life into perspective and changes your outlook on life completely. Right after stepping off the plane I said to myself, "Let the adventures begin."
 I've also come to learn that schooling and education are such a huge blessing. I know sometimes you don't want to have to wake up for that early class, but think for a second, three-fourths of the people there don't even have the OPTION of going to school because of financial reasons, not enough opportunities, etc. A lot of them are selling things on the street and begging for money. We live in such a blessed and amazing country, so don't ever take it for granted.
Leaving the kids and people of Tanzania was so hard because you get so attached to the people you work with. For me, I made friendships that will last forever. I'm so grateful that I was able to go over there and help as much as I could.

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USU- Engineers Without Borders

The Utah State Chapter Engineers Without Borders is an organization that send Aggies all over the world to create sustainable projects that help people lead better, healthier lives.

Check out this video of the impact one of their solar panel projects had on a village in Uganda.
To learn more about how you can help the Utah State Chapter of Engineers Without Borders visit

Local Logan Resident Earns USU Distinguished Service Award

Listen to the UPR interview with Global Village Gift founder Sally Keller.The 80-year-old Cache Valley transplant reflected on a decade of service at her Logan alternative gift store and on the lives of the people she has helped serve through the years. 

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