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UHD Community Helping Houstonians During GatorServe

Day of Service Set for Jan. 18 to Honor MLK


By Mike Emery

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”

That message was delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and continues to resonate with Americans. Those words are also taken to heart by University of Houston-Downtown Gators.

Each January, UHD Community members honor the Civil Rights icon’s memory during GatorServe. Coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning, the spring tradition provides Gators with a day of service to help Houstonians in need. This year’s event will take place Jan. 18 and partner UHD with Kashmere Gardens and Betsy Ross elementary schools. Participants will assist with painting, power washing, building shelves, gardening and other tasks.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. at Kashmere Gardens Elementary School (4901 Lockwood Dr.) where volunteers will assemble and split into groups. Texas Rep. Christina Morales will be in attendance to deliver remarks and greet GatorServe participants.

Volunteers over the age of 16 years can register here for this event through Jan. 17. Volunteers will be provided, a light breakfast, lunch, a T-shirt, and all required materials for service projects.

GatorServe is conducted twice a year. The spring event coincides with the National Day of Service conducted in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a fall initiative recognizes those heroes who lost their lives during 9/11. More details about past GatorServe events and other Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning events can be found here.

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 60,000 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 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.