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CCESL's GatorServe Set for September 8

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Day of Service


By Paige Caldwell

This fall, the University of Houston-Downtown’s (UHD) Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) will host its bi-annual event, GatorServe, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. GatorServe is a UHD tradition that brings together students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends and family to complete student-led volunteer projects that serve our community partners.

The CCESL has been working with student service leaders during the summer to develop plans for various community projects. UHD students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in community engagement projects across Houston with the option to volunteer for any of the seven different projects. On September 8, volunteers will be provided transportation, lunch, a T-shirt, and all required materials to perform a variety of small tasks for homeowners, small business owners, non-profits, schools and other community entities.

Here's a highlight of two of CCESL's seven projects:

“Enlighten to Make a Difference”, is led by UHD students Selena Garcia and Gregoria Uroza. They will be leading volunteers in building small house-shaped bookshelves to be placed on elementary school grounds across Houston to promote literacy during recess. They will also be building benches for these playgrounds to help facilitate the socio-emotional learning of students with difficulty expressing themselves.

Another student duo, Isbah Khan and Jesse Uppal will lead “Operation Woof”, which is aimed at helping local shelters reduce the stray animal population in Houston by advocating the importance of adopting. Some volunteers will visit local animal shelters, such as Friends For Life, to assist with general care and maintenance of the animals as well as donation sorting, walking dogs, showing animals to potential adopters, or taking photos of pets up for adoption. Others will be volunteering at a local animal adoption event with Veterinary Public Health.

For more information about the seven projects or to volunteer, visit GatorServe. If you would like to volunteer as a group, please contact CCESL at CCESL@uhd.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.