Serve this summer with new community outreach trips

The Community Outreach Program will host four weekly service trips for students at area nonprofits this summer. Students can sign up on a weekly basis in the Center for Leadership & Social Change lobby. Transportation is provided.
Summer partnerships include:

  • Big Bend Homeless Coalition HOPE Community, facilitated by Calista Pappas on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to assist with childcare (mentoring, games, outdoor play, reading, homework help, etc.) at the transitional shelter for homeless families. Modest, appropriate dress is required.
  • Damayan Garden Project (Frenchtown site), facilitated by Celia Bonett on Thursdays from 4:15 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Volunteers are needed to work with children and community residents to maintain the gardens, including planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting.  This agency reaches out to the community and uses gardens to teach nutritional and environmental education. Dress appropriately for gardening, including close-toed shoes.
  • America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, facilitated by Aleks Peterson on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to sort and box food for distribution to shelters, food pantries and other agencies that address hunger issues.  Volunteers must wear close-toed shoes.
  • Capital City Youth Services, facilitated by Beatriz Malagon and Harlee Onovbiona on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. This agency offers counseling and outreach services to youth and their families and emergency shelter to youth in crisis. Volunteers are needed to spend quality time with the children, serve as role models and mentors to encourage productive, positive behavior, and show genuine concern for their futures.

The Community Outreach Program still seeks student facilitators for summer outreach trips. For more information, email Heather Stitely at