United to Serve is a UT System wide volunteer initiative, initiated in 2004 by the University of Texas System Student Advisory Council (UTSSAC), involving UT System students, administrators, faculty and staff in an effort to engage and mobilize thousands of volunteers in the fifteen-plus communities where we are located. Held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, United to Serve enables each UT System institution to plan, partner with a non-profit organization, and initiate a volunteer initiative based on their preference and the needs of their community. The key is to organize projects that will allow students, administrators, faculty and staff to serve their community, together, in the greatest way possible.
The tradition continues this year with our 10th annual UTHealth United to Serve volunteer project! The students, faculty, and staff at UTHealth will partner with the Houston Food Bank (HFB) for our 2014 United to Serve project. The Houston Food Bank was founded in 1982, and has, for more than 25 years, fed the hungry by distributing 70 million pounds of food each year to nearly 500 hunger relief agencies in 18 counties in southeast Texas. In addition to distributing food and other needed supplies, the HFB provides nutrition education and job training. And, the HFB feeds children who might not otherwise get a nourishing hot meal during the day.
This year we want to do more to ensure more people get fed through our efforts. We will have a volunteer morning shift from 8am - 12pm. Refreshments will be served during check-in from 7:00am – 8:00am, and volunteers who register by February 21st will walk away with a free gift at check-in. Together we can make an impact on our community that extends beyond the medical center. All volunteers are required to register in advance. Minimum age requirement for volunteers at the Portwall location is eight (8) years of age. Registration will close on Friday, February 28, 2014. Registration link is provided below.
Take the Challenge! Each UTHealth School will compete for this year’s Student InterCouncil (SIC) 2014 Volunteer Service Award. This year’s winner will be determined by the percentage of volunteers who are registered and check-in the day of the event! The SIC will announce the winner of the Volunteer Service Award at their 2014 Salutation event.
All volunteers will be required to check-in that morning at the Houston Food Bank between 7:00am - 8:00am and turn in their completed Houston Food Bank Waiver Form (form will be mailed to volunteer when registered). Snacks and beverages will be provided that morning to all volunteers during check-in at Houston Food Bank.
Houston Food Bank set a limit of 200 volunteers for this event, so be sure and get your registration completed now! The SIC thanks everyone for signing up and looks forward to meeting all the volunteers at check-in on March 1st!