As part of UTSA Homecoming Week, students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited to volunteer for Roadrunners Give Back, the official UTSA Homecoming service project. This annual event engages UTSA students to participate in a range of projects to help beautify the UTSA Main Campus in the Fall semester.
The OXFAM Hunger Banquet is an experiential dinner in which participants are provided a meal based on the class/status that they draw on their way in the door. Participants have the opportunity to learn about global hunger issues, and participate in-group discussion about the causes and realities of hunger in the surrounding community and around the world.
Support Better World books by donating your gently used books after each semester to support literacy and education initiatives around the world. The drop off location is a large cardboard container in front of the bookstore next to the stairs in the Student Union. Contact our office with any questions or for more information regarding Better World Books and their mission.
Various San Antonio community partners come to UTSA at the beginning of each semester to inform the UTSA community of volunteer and engagement opportunities that support and provide awareness for their cause.
Every year VOICES partners up with the Family Service Association to participates in their annual Adopt-A-Family Program. The annual Adopt-A-Family Program requires small and large volunteer groups. Approximately 500 families are adopted annually, and all are overwhelmed with the support and commitment of the community to make sure their holidays were safe, cheerful and stress-free. Families receive basic, essential, household items, including pots and pans, bed sheets, kitchenware, and even beds and bed frames, as well as clothing, toys and food boxes from generous families, corporations, churches, schools, and individuals throughout the city of San Antonio.
Volunteer Services will recognize one outstanding student volunteer per year. The UTSA Student Volunteer of the Year Award was created to honor an outstanding student for their time, effort and personal commitment to volunteerism and enhancing civic life in their community. Applicants should also embody the true spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism.
The objective of the UTSA Alternative Break Program is to empower and challenge students to understand their relationship within the global community through education, reflection, and direct service while on weeklong service trips over a break. This program started in 1994 through the student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community, Education and Service) in 1994 with 20 students embarking to Reynosa, Mexico. An alternative break program places teams of college students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during their breaks. The objective of an alternative break program is to involve college students in community-based service projects and to give students opportunities to learn about the problems faced by members of communities and facing natural resources. Being completely immersed in diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. The intensity of the experience increases the likelihood that participants will transfer the lessons learned on-site back to their own communities even after the alternative break ends. At UTSA, Volunteer Services provides Alternative Winter Break experiences within the central Texas area the week before spring semester starts. Volunteer Services also provides Alternative Spring Break experiences with one usually outside of Texas and supporting local San Antonio community partner/project. Past Alternative Break experiences have focused on environmental restoration, immigration, hunger, homelessness, and working with children. Past Alternative Break locations have included Biloxi, MS, Austin, TX, Teller County, CO, Atlanta, GA, and many more.
UTSA Day of Service (United to Serve) is a system-wide volunteer initiative involving the UT System students, faculty, staff and alumni in an effort to engage and mobilize volunteers in their community. It has also become of one UTSA's longest standing volunteer traditions. Projects have included community gardens, painting youth centers, landscaping, arts and crafts projects,