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Evangel University and Convoy of Hope partner for annual Valor Volunteer Day

Published on Apr 19, 2024 by Erin Hedlun

EU students, faculty, and staff gather on the quad to pack grocery bags for upcoming Convoy of Hope distributions.

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University (EU) and Convoy of Hope (COH) joined forces for the third annual Valor Volunteer Day on Wednesday, April 16 at the university. More than 350 EU students, faculty, and staff gathered in the central quad area of campus and packed over 5,000 individual grocery bags with peanut butter, Clif Bars, and other nonperishable food items.

The event was co-hosted by EU’s CROSSwalk student ministries group and the Center for Compassion, which offers a Humanitarian Relief & Development degree and promotes a theology of compassion through community engagement, a robust internship program through COH, and its degree program.

Donnie Marsh, EU director of student ministries

“Valor Volunteer Day 2024 was a successful continuation of Evangel University’s intentional efforts in the areas of compassion-focused service and community engagement,” said Donnie Marsh, director of student ministries at Evangel. “The opportunity for our campus community to engage in this type of hands-on work is so important.”

All groceries packed during the event will be distributed to more than 20 local nonprofit organizations who will distribute them to families in need in southwest Missouri.


 About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at