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Record-breaking number of UT Arlington faculty, staff and students sign-up for community volunteer project

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

ARLINGTON - A record-breaking number of students, administrators, faculty and staff from The University of Texas at Arlington have signed up for UT Arlington’s annual day of community service and outreach called “The Big Event” being held this Saturday, April 12.

Of the 600 participants who have signed up, some will wash and clean an entire fleet of 60 passenger buses and vans for the Kromer Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, while others will travel on a canoe or flat bottom boat along the creek of the River Legacy Park Project and pick up trash along the way. Volunteer opportunities at UT Arlington include cleaning-up a creek on campus, mulching flower beds and composting. Other volunteer sites include Arlington Parks and Recreation, Arlington Public Library, Mission Arlington, and Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County.

This year’s roster of 600 volunteers surpasses 2007’s record of 500 and the previous year’s 200 participants—and more are expected to sign up.

“The Big Event” will start at 8 a.m. (at the various volunteer sites) and end at noon. A “Thank You Celebration Lunch” will be held directly after, from noon until 2 p.m. on the UT Arlington University Center Mall, 300 W. First St.

“The Big Event” is held in association with the University of Texas System “United to Serve” campaign and the City of Arlington.

For more information or to view a complete list of volunteer opportunities, visit


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