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Volunteers Prepare to Hit the Streets

Published: August 21, 2006
University of Tampa students and staff are gearing up for Into the Streets, Tampa’s premier collegiate volunteer event, on Saturday, Aug. 26. 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, are invited to fill volunteer positions throughout the Tampa Bay community. Last year, more than 300 had signed up, but the event was cancelled because of inclement weather.

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, Children's Home Association, Seniors in Service, Keep Hillsborough County Clean, America’s Second Harvest, Mayor’s Beautification Project and others.

A kickoff meeting in UT’s Falk Theatre begins activities at 8 a.m. Volunteers are dispersed aboard buses at 8:30 a.m. All should be in place for their duties by 9 a.m., and will 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, call Casey Stevens, coordinator of Greek life, community service and peer education, at (813) 253-6233.