It’s easy sometimes to fixate on the dollars and percentages and forget that, at the end of the day, those dollars translate to constructive action and to doing good things. This morning our SECC chair was at the Council of Deans, and the president of the Student Government Association, medical student Jessica Tedford, spoke about student volunteerism. She spoke about several groups, many of them supported by the dollars raised through our SECC. In her own words:
Every year, UTMB students try to say “thank you” to Galveston Island, a community that opens itself up to new
students and faculty, a community that helps welcome us, a community that embraces us as neighbors and friends. There are many avenues in which students give back, but a very exciting avenue is the UT System initiative aptly named United to Serve. Initiated in 2004 by the University of Texas System Student Advisory Council involving UT System students, United to Serve allows administrators, faculty and staff to volunteer. As you can imagine, this effort to engage and mobilize volunteers is a perfect match for UTMB. This past year over 100 students and faculty volunteered in UTMB’s United to Serve initiative offering their help to non-profit organizations on Galveston Island including Ronald McDonald House, Galveston County Food Bank, Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston, Galveston Humane Society, St. Vincent’s House, The Children’s Center, The Salvation Army and the City of Galveston. Held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, United to Serve enables UTMB students to partner with community organizations and create volunteer initiatives based on the preference and needs of the community. The main goal of United to Serve is to organize projects that will allow students, administrators, faculty and staff to serve others together and find ways to make our community a better place because we are a part of it.
Further information concerning the United to Serve UT System project can be found here, and more information about UTMB’s initiatives can be found here.