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Save the Date for GatorServe on MLK Jr. Day

Every year, GatorServe steps up to support worthwhile community projects, and 2024 will be no different. Sponsored by UHD’s Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL), the first of these events will take place on Jan. 13, 2024, in alignment with MLK Jr. Day. 

Caroline Smith, Associate Director, CCESL, said UHD will team up with the City of Houston’s Department of Neighborhoods and Houston Parks and Recreation Department to adopt the historic Moody Park in the Near Northside community. This 35-acre park boasts a soccer area, baseball fields, basketball court, playgrounds and an abundance of park green space.

According to Smith, “The goal is to help revitalize the park and its recreation facilities to keep it a thriving gathering place. Volunteers will take part in activities such as trash pickup, pressure-washing the courtyard area and basketball court, and cleaning/sanitizing sports fields bleachers, gazebo, playgrounds, and the community center.”

Volunteers will meet at the Moody Park Community Center, located at 3725 Fulton St., Houston, 77009, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, and should plan to arrive between 7:45 and 8 a.m.

T-shirts, tools/supplies/instructions to complete the projects, and premium box lunches to go will all be provided to volunteers. Come prepared to work and get dirty while completing projects!

Below are the details of the event; a downloadable flyer is available at the top right of the page. “Please share the word with anyone who may be interested. All support is appreciated,” said Smith, adding, “Volunteering is the perfect way to kick off UHD’s 50th anniversary and celebrate the University’s rich history of community service.” 

gatorserve 2GatorServe at MLK Jr. Day Event Details

When:  8 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024

Where:  Moody Park Community Center, 3725 Fulton St., Houston, TX 77009

Register online.



Photo: Luis A. Jimenez’s “the Vaquero” | courtesy of the Houston Parks Board; downloaded here

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