The fall 2010 semester began on a positive note. The University’s bi-annual community day of service, “Continuing the Heritage,” was held on August 28. Students, faculty, staff and alumni came out in droves to volunteer for various community projects around San Antonio; 592 volunteers worked 2,587 hours at 35 sites. Some of this year’s projects included painting a house for an elderly resident in St. Mary’s Neighborhood Revitalization Project phase 1 area, working in San Antonio Food Bank’s community garden, serving food to the homeless at Haven for Hope, painting playgrounds at Head Start locations, graffiti abatement, and many more.
“Continuing the Heritage” is a unique St. Mary’s tradition and is celebrating is twelfth year. It is tied back to the University’s Catholic and Marianist mission as a Catholic Marianist University to “foster the formation of people in faith and educate leaders for the common good through community service, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence.”
Approximately 70 percent of St. Mary’s students participate in community service every year and historically volunteer nearly 150,000 service hours annually.