Pioneers spend final day of winter break giving back
Brittany Sears, a psychology major from Dallas, Texas, cleans out the Food Pantry at Cumberland House. Photo by Michael Modecki.
Sixty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stated “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?” It is in that spirit that 165 Texas Woman's University students spent their final day of winter break, Monday, Jan. 16, participating in service projects throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
“Dr. King believed that words weren’t enough, individuals have to put their words into action in order for significant, lasting change to be realized,” said Mendie White, TWU's coordinator of volunteer services. “This still holds true today, where service projects give students an opportunity to get involved with social issues in our greater community. It also provides students with a different perspective and helps to foster empathy and self-efficacy.”
Thirteen groups ranging in size from three to 30 students took part in service projects at Cumberland Children’s Home and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and at CitySquare in Dallas where Pioneers helped prepare for their homeless census week.
"We have projects to fit every skill level and are constantly working to expand our partnerships to provide meaningful, enjoyable service projects for our students that result in a true impact in the community,” said White.
The service projects don’t just stop here. Helping Hands, a student service organization at TWU meets the first Wednesday of each month to plan and execute service projects throughout the semester. Those interested are invited to get more information through TWU's Volunteer Services office or the Helping Hands Service Ambassadors' Facebook page.