Belton, Texas – On Wednesday, August 21, a record number of incoming freshmen converged on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus for Welcome Week. While many of the Welcome Week activities focus on helping students connect with the university, on Thursday, August 22, students will engage in service projects aimed at helping them connect with the community.
“We want to make sure students know the importance of giving back to the community and thinking of others.” Director of Student Organizations, Tiffany Wurdemann said.
Close to 800 students will meet at 8 a.m. in front of the Luther Memorial on the UMHB campus. They will be assigned teams and sent to 30 sites throughout Central Texas. Students will be doing everything from yard work and painting to organizing office space and playing with children. Work is scheduled to last from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
One benefit of serving together as a group is that it can help new students form immediate bonds with one another.
“Whether they are painting or playing with kids, it’s like an ice breaker.” Wurdemann said. “It gives them something to talk about and remember.”
Service project locations include Aware Central Texas, BCYC, Belton Senior Center, Britt Drug, Central Texas Temple Children’s Center, Child Advocacy Center, Christian Farms-Treehouse, Churches Touching Lives for Christ, Crestview Manor, Families in Crisis, Family Promise, First United Methodist, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands Ministry of Belton, Hillcrest Cemetery, Hope Pregnancy Center, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kids Against Hunger, Meridith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy, Miller Heights Baptist Church, Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, Ralph Wilson Youth Center, Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army Thrift Store, Scott & White Thrift Store (Belton), Summers Mill, Taylor’s Valley Baptist Church, Temple Animal Shelter, Temple Bible Church, and United Way of Central Texas.