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VIDEO: Trinity Students Serve San Antonio Community During Day-Long Volunteer Effort

By Dustin Coleman

Watch video from three volunteer locations

March 2010 –More than 100 Trinity students pitched in and volunteered their time on Saturday, March 27, during the University’s annual San Antonio Volunteer Effort (SAVE), an event that provides local agencies with a variety of critical services.

SAVE, a Trinity University Volunteer Action Community (TUVAC) program, placed students at nine locations throughout the city. Volunteers helped build a house, spent time at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, and picked up trash at local parks, among other projects.

“I think this says that we definitely have a dedicated group of students, “ said Trinity junior Erica Heller, TUVAC’s director of special initiatives. “In general, I really just feel like I’ve had a lot of opportunities that I have been given, especially being able to come to Trinity and attend school here. So I really just want to do my part to give back to the community.”

The nine locations where students volunteered:

Basura Bash – Students who volunteered at Olmos Basin Park and Woodlawn Lake participated in a city-wide park cleanup effort.

Graffiti Wipeout – Students painted over a graffiti-ridden overpass near Ingram Park Mall.

San Antonio Youth Center – Students stripped paint and repainted benches at an after-school program facility.

Habitat for Humanity – Students helped apply siding and roofing to a house in the Palo Alto subdivision on the city’s South Side.

PAWS Animal Shelter – Students bathed and walked dogs and assisted with the spay and neuter program.

San Antonio AIDS Foundation – Students coordinated an ice cream social for residents. There was also a performance by the Acabellas, a student acapella group.

San Antonio Food Bank – Students worked in the outdoor garden at the food bank facility.

MeadowLand – Students spent time and mentored disadvantaged children at a local shelter.

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