"I didn't realize how many programs VOA had," said Kelly Brandner, a junior psychology major from Groton, S.D. "It's great to see that they are making a difference and helping people get their GED's and finding jobs."

Students involved in the VOA Thrift Store project included: Travis Dilling and Emily Maas of Vermillion, Brandyn Vetos of North Sioux City, S.D., Angela O’Loughlin of Broomfield, Colo., and Justin Kreber of Jefferson, S.D.

"This trip offered students a better understanding of the ways that non-profits work in multiple capacities to provide services to the clients they serve, by looking at the programs from a different perspective students are able to see the many different ways a program like a thrift store can work as social support," added Courtny Nesheim, AmeriCorps VISTA, with the Center for Academic Engagement at USD.

More information about CAE as well as photos from this student service-learning project can be found online at: www.usd.edu/engage/events/voa.cfm.

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