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Feb. 18, 2010
Trinity University Alumni Launch Service Project, Join Efforts to Stamp Out Hunger
SAN ANTONIO – Trinity University alumni have embraced the concept of community service by taking part in the first-ever Trinity Stamps Out Hunger project.
For two weeks in February, 10 alumni chapters collected canned goods and other non-perishable items and conducted a massive food drive. Some chapters spent the better part of a Saturday volunteering in food banks in their respective cities. It was all part of the Trinity University Alumni Association’s inaugural service project, and it was declared a success.
“It is apparent that the participants had a very positive impression about the project,” said Selim Sharif, associate director of Trinity’s Alumni Relations Office.
Alumni who took part in the food drive shared these thoughts:
Ø “Not only did I get to volunteer, but I also met several other interesting alums who graduated in different decades…. I would sign up for an alumni service event anytime. It was great!”
Ø “We should make it a monthly opportunity.”
Ø “It was fun to get together with other alumni and engage in a good cause. Feels great to volunteer!”
Ø “It was meaningful and lots of fun!”
Ø “I'd love to see more alumni service projects in the future.”
The idea for a simultaneous service project in all Trinity alumni chapters grew out of a brainstorming session during last June’s National Alumni Board (NAB) Chapter Committee meeting. The NAB committee is expected to assess the February event and determine whether additional service projects should be held in the future.
One unique part of the project called for the San Antonio alumni chapter to partner with the Trinity University Volunteer Action Community (TUVAC) to encourage students and alumni to work together.
Since it was a first-time event, some participants offered constructive criticism, such as asking for bottled water to be supplied to volunteers and better coordination in advance of the food drive day. Another volunteer suggested that all Trinity alumni should wear Trinity T-shirts. And many want more Trinity-sponsored service projects in their cities.
Items Needed By Food Banks