For the second year the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and the Texas Exes are collaborating to unite University of Texas at Austin alumni nationwide for community service during the month of February in an effort known as the Project Worldwide.
The Project Worldwide is an extension of The Project, an initiative of the DDCE’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) for the past 14 years. Each year The Project engages approximately 1,500-2,000 students 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. 23, at various locations in the Dove Springs area of Austin.
Robiaun Charles, DDCE’s associate vice president, said, “Community service is central the mission 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 most significant during their years at UT Austin. We saw the collaboration with the Texas Exes 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.”
So far 52 of the Texas Exes alumni chapters have signed up to participate in service events throughout the month of February. Projects include clothing, food and blood drives, beautification projects and volunteering at local agencies including the food bank and Ronald McDonald House. The New York chapter is hosting three different projects—at the Mobile Market in the Bronx, the Baby Buggy warehouse in Manhattan and at Father’s Heart Ministries in Manhattan. The Austin chapter will work alongside UT Austin students again this year.
Throughout the month of February, the Texas Exes and DDCE will share photos, video, and stories from the participating students and alumni on their websites and on the Alcalde blog.
Charles said, “Last year’s effort was so successful. More than 1,000 alumni in 53 chapters participated. This year we expect even more chapters to participate and for it to be a meaningful fun, collaborative event for all of the students and alumni involved.”
Watch a video from last year’s event: