You can find honors students all over San Antonio and the UIW campus participating in the many service activities offered through the university. Here are examples:
In October, the Honors Program joins many other student organizations collecting cans of food as part of the Student Government Association’s annual Golden Harvest. It is a fun and meaningful event. All proceeds collected go to the San Antonio Food Bank, which services the San Antonio metropolitan area. It’s great to know that the hundreds of pounds of food collected are headed for people in need.
Faculty-sponsored Meet the Mission is another fall event that gets students into the community to help nonprofit organizations over several hours. Last year Honors was at the Frank Garrett Community Center cleaning the gym and other rooms, and playing games with the seniors. Previous years have seen us at the Inner City Development Center, Haven for Hope and Head Start.
Perhaps the most eye-opening experience for some was riding on the city’s bus system for the first time…in the rain! The realization that this is how hundreds of people get to and from work and school each day made access to a car so much more appreciated.
Beyond these agencies, honors students contribute to many other community service efforts. With the masterful scheduling of our Service Coordinator, they have nailed, hammered, weeded, painted, raised funds and collected and distributed food for local nonprofits such as a children’s shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Elf Louise, Inspire Community Fine Arts Center and Clarity Child Guidance Center.
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