Hundreds to Volunteer for Into the Streets

Published: Aug 16, 2005

University of Tampa students and staff are gearing up for Into the Streets, Tampa’s premier collegiate volunteer event, on Saturday, Aug. 27. The annual event is a collaboration between the Student Activities Office, the John H. Sykes College of Business, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

All incoming freshmen and select upper-class student leaders, along with faculty and staff, were invited to fill volunteer positions throughout the Tampa Bay community. Last year, more than 300 volunteers participated, and a similar number is expected this year.

For Into the Streets, volunteers spend half a day performing essential community service duties, with activities ranging from gardening and painting to construction and working with the disabled.

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, helping them to realize the importance of giving back to their community.

This year’s agencies include Metropolitan Ministries, Lowry Park Zoo, The Children's Museum of Tampa, Bakas Horses for Handicapped equestrian center, Haven W. Poe Runaway Center, the Museum of Science and Industry and many more.

Participants first meet for breakfast in the Vaughn Center’s Ultimate Dining Café at 7:30 a.m. A kickoff meeting in UT’s Falk Theater follows at 8 a.m. Volunteers are dispersed aboard buses at 8:30 a.m., and all should be in place for their duties by 9 a.m., and return to the UT campus at 1 p.m.

Each volunteer site will have a faculty/staff member or Orientation Team leader who will engage participants in a reflection activity or discussion to enhance the day’s service learning experience.

For additional information, contact Casey Stevens, coordinator of Greek life, community service and peer education at cstevens@ut.edu or (813) 253-3333, x 3363.