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Evangel University and Convoy of Hope partner for Valor Volunteer Day

Published on Apr 24, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

EU students pack groceries for Convoy of Hope during the university’s annual Valor Volunteer Day.

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University and Convoy of Hope partnered for the  second annual Valor Volunteer Day on Friday, April 21 on Evangel’s campus. In just over one hour, approximately 440 Evangel students, faculty, and staff packed 5,000 individual grocery bags, which included peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, 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 and its degree program.

“Valor Volunteer Day brings an opportunity to engage in compassion right on to our campus,” said Melissa Pulis, Center for Compassion associate director. “It gives the Evangel community an easily accessible opportunity to do good together as a family.”

Of the 5,000 bags, 1,200 will be distributed by the University of Alabama through an upcoming Convoy Nation event. The remaining 3,800 will be distributed to families in need through the Springfield Dream Center by Evangel students serving in the Center for Compassion’s summer externship program.


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