Since 1999, an estimated 25,000 University of Texas at Austin students have participated in The Projectone of the largest days of university community service in the country. Each year, a group of about 35 students plans and organizes the day-long event that focuses on an underserved Austin neighborhood.
The 15th annual Project was no different. A total of 1,859 volunteers worked a combined 9,371 hours on Saturday, Feb. 22, to weed, dig, plant, paint and carry out other odd jobs at 36 sites in the Holly St. neighborhood in East Austin. Projects were completed at five schools, three parks, five churches, five community centers, two nonprofit organizations and 19 homes.
The Project team works its magic each year under the supervision of the Division of Diversity's Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement staff. "Our students amaze me every year with their dedication and passion for community service," said program coordinator Amory Baril.