500 UT Students Volunteer at a Dozen Organizations

Published: Aug 24, 2010

On Friday, Aug. 27, students from The University of Tampa will help more people than ever during the 11th annual Into the Streets volunteer event. The PEACE Volunteer Center has expanded the list of organizations that will benefit from the day of service, which includes more than 500 students, faculty and staff going into the community and volunteering, doing things like cleaning apartments for the elderly, cleaning up local parks and sorting food donations to the Metropolitan Ministries.

The goal of this program is for incoming students to realize the importance of giving back to the community and to continue volunteering throughout their time at UT and beyond. All incoming students, as well as faculty and staff, are invited to participate.

The volunteers will spend from 1-5:30 p.m. providing community service to the following 12 local agencies:

  • Seniors in Service
    Nancy McWilliams
    Director of Community Relations
    (813) 932-5228, ext. 224
    mcwilliams@seniorsinservice.org
    Scrubbing kitchen floors, scouring bathtubs, washing windows and performing other tasks that are difficult for elders
  • It’s All About Kids Inc.
    Wanda DeLaRosa (813) 269-4402
    2105 University Square Mall (in the end cap by Old Navy)
    Registering students, going door-to-door to promote the new after-school program at the Oaks at Riverview Apartments on North Florida Avenue and painting a mural.
  • Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful
    Daisy Packer
    (813) 735-9619
    Cleaning up the neighborhood around Robles Elementary
  • HOPE Children’s Home
    Landscaping and outdoor painting
  • Metropolitan Ministries
    Kitchen duties, sorting donations, helping with the after-school program (playing games and helping with homework)
  • Feeding America
    Sorting donations
  • Clearwater Parks and Recreation
    Removing invasive plants
  • Sweetwater Organic Farm
    Removing invasive plants
  • The Child Abuse Council
    Reading to children at Dimples' Playground
  • Mayor’s Beautification Program
    Park cleanup at Al Lopez Park
  • The Human Development Center
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay

More details and contacts are available upon request. Students will meet at Falk Theatre before dispersing. For more information, contact the PEACE Volunteer Center at (813) 253-6263.