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2020 UIW Online/Alternative Service Options

Commitment to Community

The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & 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 1800's 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, I 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. The online service opportunity allows volunteers to translate words, documents and assist with marketing flyers, publications, and web sites development.
  • Volunteer opportunities with the Zooniverse 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.

San Antonio

  • 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: caseyp@mowsatx.org 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, (ann.helmke@sanantonio.gov for more information).
  • South Texas Blood and Tissue Center allows volunteers to donate platelets, plasma, and blood. Those students that are able to donate may earn between 2-4 hours of service depending on their donation Volunteers may learn of special event, locations, and opportunities to donate.

  • UIW Thanking Our Heroes Postcard Campaign allows students to write notes to Veterans, children currently hospitalized in our local medical care units, first responders, senior citizens and local heroes. Students may earn 1 hour of service for every 5 postcards written. 


In an effort to support the "Call to Action" request of Archbishop Gustavo-Garcia-Siller, UIW's Ettling
Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability has partnered with San Antonio's St. Vincent De Paul Society
and Catholic Charities to support and assist the needs of our community.
  • Cardinals' Cupboard Food Pantry allows sstudents to earn one hour of service for every five canned goods donated. Donated items maybe used for the campus food pantry and/or other local pantries in need of assistance.

  • Socks for Souls gives students one hour of service for every two pairs of new socks donated.

  • Diapers for Tiny Tots gives students the opportunity to receive two hours of service for each new package of 12+ donated.

  • Books4SA allows students to 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-CCA0SA" to:

St. Vincent De Paul Society of San Antonio

1 Haven for Hope Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78207
(210) 225-7837

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio Inc.

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

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.

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

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

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