Helping HandsMore than a thousand students, faculty, staff, and community members recently traded an April Saturday morning of sleeping in for a day of service benefiting local communities. Volunteers for the 2012 Big Event spent time at nearly 50 worksites, including the Arlington Archosaur Site, where they helped dig for dinosaur fossils.
Other projects included volunteering at the Special Olympics, reading to children, cleaning up at area parks, working with Boys and Girls Clubs, and assisting at Mission Arlington. New partnership agencies for 2012 included A Wish With Wings, Cancer Care Services, and the American RedCross.
UT Arlington first participated in The Big Event in 2000. For the second consecutive year, organizers exceeded their goal of 1,000 volunteers.
Frank Lamas, vice president of student affairs at UT Arlington, says the event has touched the lives of many individuals and agencies over the last decade.
“Our students continue to make a real difference for those in need in our community," he says. "I'm very proud of their selfless efforts to make their communities a better place."
Hard work, dedication, and Maverick pride are demonstrated by the volunteers who realize the importance of giving back.