What happens when 30,000 ELCA youth and their adult chaperones show up in one place?

  • 650 people donated at least 8 inches of hair (that’s about 433 feet of hair)


  • $402,000 was raised for the ELCA Walk for Hunger


  • 1 million diapers collected

  • 1,425 backpacks distributed

  • 3,200 vacant lots cleared of debris

  • 26 dumpsters filled


  • 36 urban gardens installed

  • 1,847 mural boards painted

  • 99 picnic tables built

  • 319 vacant homes boarded

  • 78.8 Gallons of blood donated

  • 600 neighborhoods affected


And Lots of good press:


See you in Houston, June 27-July 1, 2018!

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About The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson

The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson has been Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA for the Northeastern Iowa Synod since late 2013. Part of her job description is to help leaders and congregations use social media and other digital means for outreach and mission. She writes and edits this blog as well as runs the social media accounts for the synod.




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