Students Rally to Serve Community

Published: Aug 25, 2002
About 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 selfless chores.

 

For more information, contact the Office of Public Information at publicinfo@ut.edu.