Lady Viking volleyball team visible off-court, pitching in for various civic activities as an alternative to typical fundraisers
The Pelican Rapids High School volleyball’s unique fundraising program has been a remarkable success—while providing valuable volunteer services in the area.
From helping out at Oktoberfest to assisting younger students and senior citizens, the volleyball team has been visible in various capacities.
The Pelican Rapids community is asked to support the volleyball team by sponsoring a volleyball athlete in their community service learning fundraiser program, explained Coach Heidi Isaman.
This is the second year the Pelican Rapids Volleyball team has done the “sponsor an athlete” fundraiser program. The program is a refreshing departure from the more common selling of merchandise. The program is also a valuable experience in civic involvement.
The girls all chose ten people to send pledge forms to, asking for any donation of choice to sponsor that athlete. Each athlete in grades 7-12 is expected to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours for community service work.
Some projects that the volleyball team did this season included:
• OAKS (Organizing Acts of Kindness for Seniors) picnic
• Pelican library used book sale trailer throughout the summer,
• work in the elementary school office helping teachers and office personnel prep for pre-conferences,
• organizing Viking Butik at the elementary school
• tour guides for 7th grade orientation
• homecoming tailgate party
• yard work for homeowners
• apple picking
• Octoberfest auction
• Crop walk for hunger, and many more.
“We also collected over 200 items for our local food shelf at all of our home games for the season,” said Coach Heidi Isaman.