AUSTIN, Texas—For the fourth consecutive year, about 2,000 student, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers from The University of Texas at Austin will work together with Austin neighborhood residents on a massive clean-up and beautification project.
The volunteers participating in Project 2002 will work Feb. 16 in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood off of South First Street. They will work in shifts throughout the day and will be provided with tools, materials and lunch. The Project 2002 work-sites will include Becker Elementary School, the Meadowbrook Housing Complex, the Boys and Girls Club of South Austin, various churches, East Bouldin Creek and several area residences, according to project co-chairs Shannon Gray and Rick Gutierrez. Buses will provide round-trip transportation between the campus and project site.
Volunteers will provide painting and landscaping services, minor renovations and cleanup services. An addition to the volunteer work force this year will be a group of alumni participating through the Texas Exes. Members of The University of Texas at Austin community who would like to register to participate in Project 2002 should visit the University Volunteer Center’s Web site. For more information about the event, contact Gray or Gutierrez at (512) 232-2928 or Karen Livingston, Office of the Dean of Students, (512) 232-6593, and visit the Project 2002 Web site.
Project 2002 is the fourth in a series of annual service events by The University of Texas at Austin community. The first was Project 1000 in February of 1999. Past projects have been held in the Rosedale Housing Complex, the Cesar Chavez neighborhood and the Springdale neighborhood. Since the first project year, more than 6,000 university volunteers have worked on more than 100 houses, four schools, two parks, one housing complex and numerous alleyways and empty lots.
Project 2002 recently received the “Best of the Best” award from Keep Austin Beautiful. For more information see the related project award news release.