St. Mary's University

University celebrates 20th anniversary of Continuing the Heritage

Since the Continuing the Heritage day of service began in 1997, about 15,000 St. Mary’s University volunteers have offered more than 50,000 service hours to organizations that provide much-needed assistance to South Texas residents.

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

On Saturday, Aug. 19, about 700 volunteers – mostly college students – will walk dogs, pack produce, swing hammers, and do other good deeds for the fall event. Online registration begins Monday, Aug. 14, at

Volunteers will gather on campus in the Flex Field 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 20 sites, including:

For more information, contact Civic Engagement at 210-436-3102 or