Northwestern Appreciation Day builds community

June 26, 2013

In just one morning, Northwestern Health Sciences University contributed nearly 700 volunteer hours to 13 local community organizations. As part of the university’s Appreciation and Service Day, 220 students, staff and faculty members signed up to volunteer at more than a dozen organizations in Bloomington and the surrounding communities.

Some groups packed meals at Feed My Starving Children. Others cleaned at the Pillsbury House Integrated Health Clinic in south Minneapolis. Some crafted animal toys for the Minnesota Humane Society. Still others fanned out to the homes of neighboring residents and helped wash windows and weed gardens. Whatever they opted to do, students and staff alike raved about the experience.

"It always feels good to give back to the community you live in,” said Susan Gyorfi, a chiropractic student. “I am blessed to be a part of a great family here at Northwestern that also finds this important. At this year’s Appreciation Day I was able to learn about a domestic violence nonprofit organization, Corner Stone, where they have made the impossible happen to better educate and care for the community they are in. Just like Northwestern Health Sciences University, they are striving to impact the community one person at a time. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the fun day it turned out to be!" 

Dr. Lynne Hvidsten, Professor and Associate Dean, Chiropractic Clinical Education at Northwestern shared her group’s experience. “We helped a neighbor who lives a couple miles from Northwestern, whose husband died six months ago. She was a bit tentative about accepting our help since she couldn’t be there because she was scheduled to volunteer at her church. While we helped her, she helped others. She was very grateful for our help. We were reminded that when working as a team, it takes very little effort to make someone else's life a whole lot easier.”

About Northwestern Health Sciences University

For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, Minn., has provided world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Chinese medicine, nutrition and other health treatments. Northwestern has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries. For more information, please visit

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