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UTSA student volunteers at Goodwill Industries on April 8

Students to discuss spring break volunteering

By Cindy Brockwell
Office of Student Affairs

(April 26, 2006)--National Volunteer Week is April 23-39 -- and as part of that observance, UTSA community members who volunteered over spring break will discuss their experiences in a panel discussion, "Reflections on Volunteering in New Orleans," from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 26 in the University Center Mesquite Room (2.01.24) on the UTSA 1604 Campus.

A group of UTSA faculty, staff and students went to New Orleans over spring break to help with hurricane relief efforts.

The UTSA volunteers are participating in United to Serve, a UT System initiative in which members of the UT family across the state give their time and talents to help their local communities.

UTSA got a head start in the initiative with a day of volunteer service on April 8. The event was coordinated by the UTSA Service Leader Council and the student group, VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community, Education and Service).

On that one day alone, approximately 220 UTSA students, staff and faculty volunteered their time by working with 11 community service groups: Any Baby Can, Christian Senior Services, Cibolo Nature Center, Communities in Schools, Goodwill San Antonio, Las Palmas Branch Library, Merill Garden's Assisted Living Facility, Public Works Department, Vista Care Hospice, Woodlawn Hills Elementary School and the YWCA.

Established in 1993, VOICES coordinates and provides community-service opportunities for the UTSA community. For more information on VOICES, contact Sharis Slocum at (210) 458-4160.

To volunteer, visit the San Antonio United Way Web site.

National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week. Since then, every president has signed a proclamation promoting the week.

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