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United to Serve: Volunteer for April 12 projects

By Jennifer Lilly
Assistant Director of Volunteer Services, Inclusion and Community Engagement Center

(April 7, 2008)--United to Serve, UTSA's annual day of service, is Saturday, April 12 at various agencies throughout the San Antonio area. UTSA students, faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer for a four-hour shift at one of the many events scheduled for April 12 across the city. The day of service is a part of the UT System's annual United to Serve initiative at UT campuses across the state.

Students, faculty, staff and friends can register at the UTSA Volunteer Services Web site to participate at volunteer events including the Cibolo Creek Earth Day Clean-Up, the Autism Awareness Walk, a mini-graffiti wipe-out, painting picnic tables at the San Antonio State School, and many more. Most shifts are four hours and begin in the morning.

Participants will receive a "United to Serve" t-shirt and can attend the Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream Social at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) on the 1604 Campus.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center and VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service).

For more information, contact the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center at (210) 458-4770.

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Additionally, UTSA students, faculty and staff are invited to a ceremony to honor those who volunteered in 2007. The "Your Time Counts at UTSA" awards ceremony is 11 a.m., Friday, April 11 in the Business Building Richard Liu Auditorium (2.01.02) on the 1604 Campus. Twenty-four UTSA students, faculty and staff will be honored for their 2007 volunteer service. Read more about the event on UTSA Today.

Each recipient logged service time through the U.S. Presidential Medal of Service Program, which acknowledges volunteer hours served over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over a lifetime. The program recognizes the valuable contributions volunteers make across the nation and thanks them for their commitment.

Hosted by UTSA President Ricardo Romo and Carl Mica, UT System director of business relations, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Service Volunteer Awards will be presented by Sonya E. Medina, deputy assistant for domestic policy to President George W. Bush and director of projects for First Lady Laura Bush.

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