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From time to time, this segment will highlight activities that demonstrate the involvement of the UIW community in living the Mission. Examples will also be found in the Mission Newsletter.

Students and faculty are engaged in numerous outreach programs to the underserved of the city. Some examples follow:  

Meet the Mission : an initiative begun by Dr. Rodinsky and several faculty members to put the mission into action in the community. Organized teams of students go with faculty to sites such as SAMM Ministries, The Food Bank, Travis Park Methodist Church which has a program for the homeless, Salvation Army and Visitation House for homeless and abused women and children.

Alternate Spring Break: Now Meet the Mission: Spring Break Edition, Each spring, faculty organize painting initiatives through local community centers. From 2011 - 2014, hundreds of students and faculty/staff have served the San Antonio community through the Willie Velasquez Center and the Frank Garret Center on the West Side of San Antonio.

Golden Harvest : an initiative of the SGA. The students go out into the neighborhoods collecting canned goods for a variety of agencies needing food for the hungry.

Angel Tree : Campus Ministry sponsors Angel Tree at Christmas to receive gifts for children who otherwise may not have a gift during this season. Sometimes the recipients are children of employees who are needy. Seton Home is another beneficiary.

USO Care Packs : Students collect appropriate goods for military oversees.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society : Twice a month, business students and faculty serve breakfast to the homeless and spend some time in reflection on how this type of service changes their outlook on life.

Cardinals for Kids: Begun during the Fall of 2013 with The Cardinal Dance Marathon, this student run philanthropy, hosted sponsored through University Mission and Ministry, is a unique and exciting tradition dedicated to raising awareness and funds to serve the families of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, while engaging students and the community to create leaders, dancers, and MIRACLES!

 

Class related service learning projects include:

St. Philip of Jesus Parish Health Clinic underwritten by grants received by the School of Nursing and staffed by nursing faculty and students.

Presa Center : The Psychology Department offer tutoring and various other types of services to this low income center.

Bowden Eye Clinic: "The mission of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Optometry Clinical Program is to provide exemplary vision care to the population of San Antonio and South Texas that advances the local and global community, public welfare, and common good." UIW Eye Institute - Community Outreach

Reach Out Africa: Faculty from the School of Education and the School of Nursing travel to Zambia and Tanzania to conduct research and offer workshops on grief and loss, economic development, early childhood education, and classroom management (www.womensglobalconnection.org ).

Photos of Mongu, Zambia-taken by Dr. S. Bin Kong

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