Community Service/UIW Engage

The ECCL has transitioned all Service Hour Documentation to the digital platform, UIW Engage.

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UIW Online/Alternative Service Options

Commitment to Community

The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability hopes that you and your family are safe and remaining healthy during this unique time in our history. As a result of several notes, emails and inquiries regarding community service and how one may be able to complete the service requirement in this ever-changing environment, we have developed this quick sheet to assist you with this process.

Remember, this is not the first time the UIW community has been called to action. Bishop Dubuis in the mid 1800s sent numerous letters throughout Europe asking for help and assistance for the people of San Antonio who were in need of medical support and assistance and three sisters accepted the call to action. We have received a similar call to action from Archbishop Gustavo-Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., to help those within our community during this COVID-19 situation. Thus, in continuing in the footsteps of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, who answered the call, and in celebration of their 150th anniversary, we invite, encourage and challenge each of you to go above and beyond the community service requirement. We have an opportunity to make a difference, to impact our global community and demonstrate what it means to be a member of the University of the Incarnate Word community.

The following is a recommended listing of alternative options that we believe will allow undergraduate students at UIW to complete their community service requirement prior to upcoming graduations.

  • Translators Without Borders is an online service opportunity that allows volunteers to translate words, documents and assist with marketing flyers, publications, and web sites development.
  • Zooniverse provides volunteer opportunities doing scientific research online. Research projects have various options and field areas to consider. Moreover, projects have different lengths in time frame to complete the project or task.
  • The San Antonio Food Bank is in need of local volunteers to help provide meals to those most in need. Volunteers need to contact the food bank to coordinate times and schedules to begin assisting with volunteer services as soon as possible.

  • Meals on Wheels in San Antonio is in need of local volunteers to help provide meals to those most in need. Volunteers must complete a security background check and brief orientation. Most volunteers will be able to begin delivering items to local residents within a week of completion of the prerequisites. (Email for more information.)

  • Catholic Charities of San Antonio is searching for volunteers to assist and support the 35+ programs and services offered by CCOSA. Students may call (210) 222-1294 to learn of volunteer opportunities or visit the website.

  • SACRD and the San Antonio Compassion Initiative is in need of volunteers to contact local non-profit organizations throughout San Antonio. Interested volunteers may email for more information.
  • South Texas Blood and Tissue Center allows volunteers to donate platelets, plasma, and blood. Students who are able to donate blood may earn between two to four hours of service depending on their donation. Volunteers may learn of special events, locations and opportunities to donate at the website.

  • UIW Thanking Our Heroes Postcard Campaign Students can write notes to veterans, children currently hospitalized in our local medical care units, first responders, senior citizens and local heroes. Students may earn one hour of service for every five postcards written. Please visit the Ettling Center website for instructions at the UIW Engage website.


In an effort to support the "Call to Action" request of Archbishop Gustavo-Garcia-Siller, UIW's Ettling
Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability has partnered with San Antonio's St. Vincent De Paul Society
and Catholic Charities to support and assist the needs of our community.

  • Food Pantry Donations - Students may earn one hour of service for every five canned goods donated. Donated items will benefit local pantries in need of assistance.

  • Socks for Souls - Students will receive one hour of service for every two pairs of new socks donated.

  • Diapers for Tiny Tots - Students may receive two hours of service for each new package of 12+ donated.

  • Books4SA - Students will receive one hour of service for every five new or gently used children’s books for elementary-aged students donated.

Please drop off all donations listed under "UIW-SVDPSA-CCAOSA"

St. Peter Prince of the Apostles (St. Vincent de Paul Conference)
111 Barilla Place
San Antonio, TX 7820
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. to noon


6609 Blanco Plaza Suite #260
San Antonio, TX 78216
Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Updated 8/31/21

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio Inc.
St. Stephen's CARE Center
2127 S. Zarzamora
San Antonio, Texas 78207
(210) 222-1294


If you donate to your local church or other non-profit or community agency, please take a picture of yourself with your donations and submit as part of your verification.

When visiting either drop off location, be sure to note that you are from UIW, so that you may receive a donation verification form, which will be needed when completing the event entry on the UIW Engage system along with your reflection: (UIW Engage Give Pulse site).

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please call (210) 832-3208 or email us at