Twice a year, hundreds of St. Mary’s University volunteers spend a Saturday doing good for those in need. It’s called Continuing the Heritage.
The same happened Aug. 23, but at 46 sites – more than ever before. The event also expanded outside San Antonio for the first time. The Dallas-Fort Worth alumni chapter volunteered at the Tarrant Area Food Bank. All told, about 750 volunteers gave more than 3,600 service hours.
Continuing the Heritage brings together University students, faculty, staff and alumni to volunteer for various community projects, such as graffiti abatement, yardwork, packaging and delivering food and clothing for the poor, and working with children and animals. Twenty volunteers from Wells Fargo, the event’s official sponsor, also participated.
Since 2003, nearly 8,200 volunteers have offered about 45,000 hours to organizations that provide much-needed services throughout the area.
San Antonio volunteers gathered on the Flex Field at The Park at St. Mary’s at 7:30 a.m. for an opening ceremony, which included breakfast and prayer (and President Tom Mengler’s Ice Bucket Challenge), before beginning their morning of service. From 8:30 until noon, they served at sites including:
- Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower’s Garden of St. Therese at 1111 Culebra Road. Volunteers assisted with a community garden.
- San Antonio Pets Alive at 4710 State Highway 151 and 9107 Marbach Road, Ste. 109. Volunteers cared for dogs and cats and helped facilitate adoptions.
- Habitat for Humanity at 1118 Julia Ross. Volunteers helped build houses.
- San Antonio Children’s Museum at 305 E Houston St. Volunteers assisted with kids activities.
- Guide Dogs of Texas at 1503 Allena Drive. Volunteers spruced up dog kennels and outdoor area.
- Roy Cisneros Elementary at 3011 Ruiz St. Volunteers helped teachers prep classrooms and library for students.
- City Year at Smith Elementary School (823 South Gevers St.) Volunteers painted and cleaned campus.
- Marold Law Firm in St. Mary’s Gateway District. Volunteers focused on graffiti abatement.
- Dream Center San Antonio at 1617 E Commerce. About 100 volunteers did yardwork, home repair, graffiti and trash cleanup, and food distribution.
- Texas Diaper Bank at 1701 W Woodlawn Ave. Volunteers, including the St. Mary’s San Antonio Alumni group, packaged baby supplies and helped run the Baby Boutique.
- San Antonio Parks and Recreation at 2503 Cincinnati and the garden near Woodlawn and Camino Santa Maria. Volunteers gardened in the pocket parks near St. Mary’s University.
St. Mary’s University repeatedly has been nationally recognized for its commitment to service and community engagement. The Carnegie Foundation has given St. Mary’s its prestigious Community Engagement Classification, and St. Mary’s has received the Presidential Award from the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for service in higher education. St. Mary’s University is a Catholic and Marianist university with a tradition of academic excellence.