St. Mary’s volunteers near and far ready for Continuing the Heritage service day

Nearly 800 volunteers – mostly college students – will walk dogs, help children, plant seeds, build houses and do other good deeds on Saturday, Aug. 22, as part of St. Mary’s University’s biannual Continuing the Heritage event.

2015 Continuing the Heritage volunteers holding rakes

Most of the sites will be in San Antonio, but alumni groups in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, El Paso and Washington, D.C. will be getting into the action as well.

Continuing the Heritage brings together University students, faculty, staff and alumni to volunteer for community projects, such as graffiti abatement, yardwork, packaging and delivering food and clothing for the poor, and working with children and animals.

Online registration began Monday, Aug. 17.

Since 2003, about 8,000 volunteers have offered nearly 45,000 hours to organizations that provide much-needed services throughout the area.

San Antonio volunteers will gather on the Flex Field at The Park at St. Mary’s at 7:30 a.m. for an opening ceremony, which includes breakfast and prayer, before beginning their morning of service. From 9 a.m. until noon, they will serve at 30 sites including:

  • Southwest Workers Union at 1416 East Commerce St. As many as 60 volunteers will plant seeds, harvest fruit and weed/mulch gardens.
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower’s Garden of St. Therese at 1111 Culebra Road. Volunteers will assist with a community garden.
  • Guide Dogs of Texas at 1503 Allena Drive. Volunteers will paint dog kennels and clean up outdoor area.
  • Roy Cisneros Elementary at 3011 Ruiz St. About 20 volunteers will help teachers decorate bulletin boards, shelve books, organize supplies and prepare class activities.
  • Dream Center San Antonio at 1617 E. Commerce. About 35 volunteers will prepare food bags and also put up drywall and paint.
  • San Antonio Food Bank at 5200 W Old US Highway 90. About 60 volunteers will assist in organizing and preparing food for clients.
  • The Neighborhood Place – El Hogar de los Vecinos at 3014 Rivas. About 25 St. Mary’s volunteers will paint houses and clean yards with 15 teenagers from Youth Against Gang Activity.

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St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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