Event offers opportunity for students to give back

By Kathryn Kelman/editor-in-chief

TR Campus will give back to the community April 21 for its Campus Day of Service.

TR student activities is organizing the event, which allows students to show appreciation to the community for providing the campus and student resources by working together on a project that benefits someone in need, said Keisha Neal, TR student development coordinator.

“This event is a great way to show all the resources that TCC is in contact with as far as the community goes,” she said. “These partners actually provide a great deal of resources to our students. Our students just don’t know.”

Neal said TR’s Campus Day of Service will have seven different projects for students to choose from.

The projects will all be done through partnerships with organizations like March of Dimes, the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Alliance for Children, Nash Elementary School, ACH Family and Child Services Fort Worth, the Center for Transforming Lives and Backwoods of Fort Worth Kayak Rentals.

The projects include assisting with the March of Dimes’ March for Babies “Family Zone,” putting together emergency food kits, a campuswide cleanup, tree trimming, fixing up a playground, sorting and displaying donated merchandise at the Resale and Redesign Store and cleaning up the Trinity River on kayaks.

“For the kayak cleanup, students do need to be strong swimmers to participate in that event,” Neal said. “We also ask that they not bring children to that specific event because they’ll be out on the water, even if they are a strong swimmer.”

Those volunteering for the March for Babies “Family Zone” will need to arrive at 7 a.m. for breakfast in the Intercultural Center (TRTR 3102), and the project will start at 7:30 a.m. and run until noon, Neal said.

Other project participants need to arrive at 8 a.m. in TR’s Idea Store, and the projects will start at 9 a.m. and run until noon.

“We will have waivers on hand and for some of the projects we will provide transportation,” Neal said. “A lot of the projects are within walking distance though so it makes it a lot easier for the students as far as transportation goes.”

For a full list of the volunteer options and to sign up for a project, go to tccd.volunteerhub.com and all of the projects will be listed on the April 21 date.

“Even if all projects are filled up, students are still more than welcome to come out to the Idea Store and we will find them a project,” Neal said.