United to Serve – Spring 2018

Red River Valley United's core values are Teamwork, Integrity, Respect, Player Development, and Community. One of the ways RRV United demonstrates our core values is through our United to Serve program, which encourages all members to give back to their community through club service projects. We drop our athletic routine to be reminded of the importance of community and the power of the human spirit.

Our Spring 2018 projects sent the Wolfpack to serve a series of local non-profit organizations.

1. CHARISM is an organization that provides outreach and support to at-risk children, youth, and adults. Our U12 and U13 boys visited the family center, helped organize the food pantry, and had the opportunity to play pick-up games of soccer and basketball with kids.

2. The North Dakota Autism Center provides services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our U10 girls worked hard at outdoor spring cleaning, helping to make the center beautiful for its children and families.

3. The Make a Wish Foundation helps to strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses. Our U12 girls created 'boxes of sunshine' to help in their mission.

4. The Great Plains Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota. Our U9, U10 and U11 boys bagged over 3000 pounds of potatoes and organized the donations to help those in need. We were joined by volunteers from one of our Wolfpack supporters, Office Sign Company.

5. Ronald McDonald House supports families whose children are receiving medical care in the Fargo-Moorhead area by providing home-like comfort, support and care for families. Our U9 girls were challenged to collect pop tabs to help in the mission, learning that collecting small pop tabs may seem like a small thing, but they can make a big impact.

6. Churches United for the Homeless works to assist people who are homeless or at risk, to achieve their highest potential. Our U11 and U13 Girls teams were busy cleaning and organizing donations to help in the mission.

7. NDSU Futbol United allowed elementary students to participate in a week-long soccer curriculum and have each of them a soccer ball, with the mission to bring communities together through the world's favorite game. Our U14 & U15 girls and boys teams hosted a free soccer clinic for these elementary students.

We hope to instill in our children team bonding, teamwork, volunteerism, leadership, and gratitude. Together, the Wolfpack provided over 300 volunteer-hours through our Spring 2018 projects.