Tradition of giving: UTSA Student Affairs staff members adopt families and seniors

staff
staff

UTSA Student Affairs employees from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (top photo) and the University Center participate in Adopt- a-Family program

Share this Story

(Dec. 19, 2011) -- Twenty offices across the Division of Student Affairs were joined this holiday season by UTSA Ambassadors, the Honors Alliance, the Sports Medicine Society and Alpha Omicron Pi in adopting 21 families and 14 seniors, totaling 134 individuals, through the Family Service Association Adopt-a-Family program.

Thirteen volunteers and 10 packed cars and trucks delivered gifts to The Neighborhood Place on Dec. 14. The Family Service Association coordinated the adoption of 750 families in our community this year. Families are carefully selected for the program. Most have very low incomes, and many of the families have experienced job loss, death in the family or medical emergencies this year.

This is the fourth year of UTSA Student Affairs participation in the program, and each office and organization puts its own tradition into the service project. In some offices, each staff member adopts one family member and shops for the needs and wants of that individual. Other groups have a gift-wrapping party as a part of their holiday celebration, and many offices donate canned goods and gently used clothing in addition to new gifts.

"Participating in the Adopt-a-Family program at UTSA each year reminds us all how lucky we are to work at an institution that values giving back to the community," said John Kaulfus, UTSA associate dean of students."The time I spend picking out gifts for my family members helps me to remember the real reason for the holidays... giving thanks for my many blessings and giving to others."

To receive a monthly email about service opportunities, email engaged@utsa.edu or visit the UTSA Volunteer Services website.

For more information about the Adopt-a-Family program, visit the Family Service Association website.