Published: August 23, 2011
While they just moved onto campus, UT students are already making their way into the Tampa community.
On Friday, Aug. 26, students from The University of Tampa will be scrubbing floors for the elderly and harvesting organic vegetables at a community farm during the 13th annual Into the Streets volunteer event. The PEACE Volunteer Center coordinates the annual day of service, which includes more than 650 students, faculty and staff, including 15 members of the Men’s Basketball team.
Some ways the participants will be getting their hands dirty include sorting donations, painting, cleaning, gardening, playing games with children, or preparing and serving meals.
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 the day providing community service to the following local agencies:
- Sweetwater Organic Farm
Spreading compost and clearing invasive plant species at this organic community farm
- Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
Clearing trash and debris from mangroves along the Courtney Campbell Causeway
- Seniors in Service
Scrubbing kitchen floors, scouring bathtubs, washing windows and performing other tasks that are difficult for elders
- HOPE Children’s Home
Landscaping and outdoor painting
- Cracker Country
Landscaping and cleaning up the outdoor areas
- It’s All About Kids Inc.
Tutoring and mentoring children
- The Human Development Center
Building an outdoor area for the residents
- Child Abuse Council
Playing with the children
- Feeding America Tampa Bay
Sorting food donations
- Glazer Children’s Museum
Helping with activities for the children and playing games with them
- Metropolitan Ministries
- American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge
- Quest, Inc.
- The Lowry Park Zoo
- Tampa Heights Community Garden
For more information, contact the PEACE Volunteer Center at (813) 253-6263.