Students, faculty, staff, alumni ready for Continuing the Heritage service day

cth-2015-volunteersNearly 800 volunteers – mostly college students – will walk dogs, help children, plant seeds, build houses and do other good deeds on Saturday, Aug. 20, as part of St. Mary’s University’s biannual Continuing the Heritage event.

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 begins Friday, Aug. 12, at www.stmarytx.edu/cth.

Since 2003, about 10,000 volunteers have offered more than 50,000 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 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:

  • Escuela Magnetico at 1246 Chalmers 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.
  • Family Service Association at 3014 Rivas St. Volunteers will help organize and sort donated uniforms for children in need, as well as fill orders for the uniforms.
  • Catholic Charities at 1801 West Cesar Chavez Blvd. Volunteers will create space for incoming food, then unload, sort and stock food.
  • San Antonio State Hospital at 6711 S. New Braunfels. Volunteers will paint a gazebo, pull weeds, trim bushes and beautify landscaping.
  • The DoSeum at 2800 Broadway. Students will support the engagement of guests in the galleries. They will also help support the “Share the Love” program.
  • St. Mary’s University Community Garden Students will help prepare a neighborhood community garden on 36th Street.

Look for #CTH16 photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @StMarysU


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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