Dordt College News

Dordt Basketball Team Volunteers In Area

January 16, 2009

Women's Basketball TeamThe Dordt College women’s basketball team took advantage of a day off in early January to spend a day volunteering for The Bridge in Orange City, Iowa.

“We were looking for a service project in the area over our Christmas break and this worked out well for us,”said Dordt basketball coach Craig Stiemsma.

The Bridge offers transitional housing for women and children who are homeless or near homeless in the rural counties (Sioux, Plymouth, Osceola, O'Brien, Lyon) of northwest Iowa and was created to meet a gap in services in this service area. The Bridge is a non-profit, faith-based transitional living program for women and children (age 12 and under) who have experienced poverty, domestic violence, and homelessness. Residents can stay at The Bridge for up to 24 months.

The Defender basketball team spent the day helping to transform a room into a living area by moving furniture, hooking up equipment and decorating. The team also helped with childcare for some of the residents and cleaned rooms in the facility and organized the food donations in the food pantry.

“We’re in a period of transition in changing some rooms and making space more useful,” said The Bridge’s volunteer coordinator Rebecca James. “The timing of this day worked out perfectly to have strong energetic athletes make themselves available. They moved furniture, hung pictures and even moved a piano. We’ve been blessed by food donations this past month but we needed to get it organized. It was wonderful to have a group of college students willing to what was needed.”

Team members felt rewarded for their work.

“After a busy Christmas season that is supposed to focus on giving and others, but usually ends up being more selfish and about what we want as individuals, it is was nice to help others. It was also good to help and see how truly blessed we are in our relationships,” said senior Kelsie De Nooy.

“It was an awesome way to spend one of our days of vacation,” said junior McKinzie Schmidt. “The people at The Bridge were so excited to have us there, and made us even more excited to help out. It was a very fulfilling experience to use the abilities God has given us to help others who are not as fortunate.

To learn more about volunteering at The Bridge contact the volunteer coordinator at 712-395-3355 or email

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