Service Learning at UTSA

Hundreds of Roadrunners help make community a better place

Service with a Purpose UTSA student volunteers helped complete painting projects for Catholic Charities during the eighth annual United to Serve day of service.

Take 400 Roadrunners, 25 student groups and 17 service projects, add them all together, and you'll come up with a whole lot of smiles around San Antonio.

The eighth annual United to Serve event is a UTSA tradition and UT system-wide initiative to mobilize volunteers in their communities. In April, students volunteered their time with nonprofit projects such as staffing for Any Baby Can at the annual Walk for Autism, landscaping for Boysville Inc., and painting at Catholic Charities.

Rene Amaya, of Catholic Charities, appreciated the students who helped paint the Immigration Services Building. "They made our building look beautiful," he said.

"Without our volunteers, it would be nearly impossible to make the Walk for Autism such a great success," said Stephanie Jerger, of Any Baby Can.

"The volunteers at Boysville were really dedicated to improving and beautifying the grounds," said Cristina Dominguez, UTSA graduate assistant for volunteer services at the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center. "It was clear they were having fun."