450 incoming UT freshmen, along with university officials, gathered at more than
20 local community service agencies for Into the Streets, Tampa’s premier
collegiate volunteer event, on Saturday, August 24.
Shriner’s Hospital was the “showcase agency.” The largest group of
volunteers, 40-50 in all, worked there to help with a day of free health
screening for children.
Held annually on the last Saturday before the fall semester begins, the
program is designed to involve incoming freshmen in volunteer community service
from the start of their collegiate experience. President Ron Vaughn joined
administration, faculty and freshmen in an effort bigger than last year’s event,
in which volunteers worked at more than 15 community service agencies.
This year, UT volunteers helped at more than 20 agencies including Daystar,
Divine Providence Food Bank, Francis House, Hanna Oaks, Haven W. Poe Runaway
Center, Brandon Senior Center, Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful, Kids and
Canines, Lowry Park Zoo, Metropolitan Ministries, Project Link, Ronald McDonald
House, Hillsborough County Humane Society and American Victory Ship.
Activities included cleaning, painting, sorting clothes and food, spreading
mulch, raking, landscaping, highway cleanup, washing a van and numerous other
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