Black Student Union Hosts Day of Service

Published: Oct 10, 2007
More than 80 University of Tampa students are expected to take part this Saturday in the second annual “Day of Service,” a volunteer community service event organized by the University’s Black Student Union (BSU).

The event, which is cosponsored by UT’s People Exploring Active Community Experiences (P.E.A.C.E.), is open to all university students and student organizations.

“It’s just an opportunity for students to broaden their horizons,” said Greg Darby, staff advisor to BSU. “We’re expecting roughly the same turnout as last year. A lot of people show up at the last minute.”

Volunteers will meet up in the Vaughn Center lobby at 8:45 a.m. for registration and a light breakfast before disbursing to eight different volunteer locations and agencies in the Tampa area.

Participating locations include Hope Children’s Home, where volunteers will assist with a gardening project. Pond restoration and environmental cleanup projects are also scheduled to take place in cooperation with Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful and Mayor’s Beautification Program.

Various other volunteer projects will take place with Ronald McDonald House, the First United Methodist Church, Seniors in Service, Hudson Manor Assisted Living Facility and Kid’s City.

“This project is one of the biggest fall projects of the Black Student Union,” said BSU Vice President ShehilaRae Stephens. “This is a day to give back to those who need it as well as to have fun.”

BSU started the event last year in order to help keep the spirit of volunteerism going at UT following August’s “Into the Streets” – UT’s largest annual volunteer event, Darby said.

Participating students are expected to provide their own transportation to the service project locations.

For more information, e-mail the Black Student Union at bsu@ut.edu