The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is pleased to announce The Project Worldwide, a program designed to unite alumni and friends nationwide for a single day of service during the month of February.
The Project Worldwide is an extension of The Project, which has been sponsored by DDCE’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) for the past 13 years. Each year, The Project engages approximately 1200-1500 students each year in a day of service out in the Austin community. It has been so successful that in 2009 former President Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative – University partnered with the VSLC, holding a three-day national leadership conference for college students and college presidents in conjunction with The Project. This year, The Project will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.
Robiaun Charles, assistant vice president for development and external relations within the DDCE, said, “Community service is such a huge part of our division and many of the students and former students who have participated in The Project have told us their experience was one of the highlights of their years at UT Austin. We saw this as a unique way to engage alumni and UT Austin supporters in community service and connect them with each other and our current students in a meaningful way.”
In support of the The Project Worldwide, the Texas Exes have partnered with DDCE through Texas Exes Care about The Project. Nearly half of the Texas Exes alumni chapters have signed up to participate in service events throughout the month of February through the Exes’ campaign, Texas Exes Care about The Project. Projects range from a tornado relief effort to helping local food banks and will take place across the United States from Alabama to Alaska.
Throughout the month of February, the DDCE will share photos, video, and stories from the participating students and alumni.
Charles said, “We want this to be a truly fun, collaborative event for all of the students and alumni involved.”
For more information about alumni chapter participation through Texas Exes Care about the Project, visit the Texas Exes Web site. For more information about UT Austin student participation in The Project, visit www.utproject.org.