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A&M-San Antonio students, community continue volunteer service tradition this fall

A&M-San Antonio students, community continue volunteer service tradition this fall - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Texas A&M University-San Antonio volunteers hold up their paws March 20, 2021 at Mission San Juan community farm. The Mays Center will host the next volunteer opportunity June 23, 2021 with the San Antonio Food Bank. Photo courtesy of the Mays Center

The Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement will host its bi-annual day of service – Choose. Act. Impact. from 8 a.m.- noon on Saturday, Sept. 25. All community members are welcome to participate. 

Aaron Guerrero, civic engagement coordinator at the Mays Center, said they are excited to partner again this fall with Haven for Hope, Morgan’s Wonderland and Mission San Juan Community Farm.

Guerrero said they added a new community partner to the event; Clarity Child Guidance Center, a nonprofit treatment facility focused on children with mental illness from ages 3-17. The facility is located in the Medical Center area of San Antonio.

“Clarity is the only organization in South Texas that works with that age range, which I think is really special,” Guerrero said. “It is also special because the contact there is an alumni of the university, which is fun to have that connection.”

Clarity Child Guidance Center has an 8-acre campus with 10 buildings, including a playground, swimming pool, gymnasium, courtyard and several gardens; according to the organization’s website.

“The reason this event is so special is because it is our campus-wide day of service, so even though all of our other events are also open to everyone, this is the one that we really try to push because we want people to get invested in volunteering, maybe give them a taste of volunteering; maybe if they have never volunteered before,” Guerrero said.

Guerrero said they started with 200 volunteer opportunities available and are already close to surpassing the number of volunteers from the previous event in the spring, which totaled 69 participants. 

“Volunteering is great therapy for yourself, but it’s also good for the community; it’s good for the soul,” Guerrero said. 

Choose. Act. Impact. Day will kickoff with a pep rally featuring General the Jaguar.

Volunteers are encouraged to arrive early, between 7:15 a.m. and 8 a.m., to enjoy free breakfast tacos and Starbucks coffee. 

Parking passes, an event exclusive t-shirt, masks and transportation to and from the event will be provided. 

Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and pants (or other protective leg covering). Volunteers signed up to help at outdoor volunteer sites are advised to bring sunscreen and bug repellant.

Masks are not required, but highly recommended. Volunteers can register by visiting JagSync and following the GivePulse registration link. 

For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit JagSync, GivePulse or contact Aaron Guerrero at or 210-784-2427.


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Denise Treviño
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Denise Treviño is a senior communications major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Born and raised in the Alamo City, she has always aspired to make a difference in her community. She hopes to grow her storytelling skills and delve deeper into the world of multimedia journalism through her current work at university. After graduation, she looks forward to pursuing a career that allows her to tell stories that will inspire as well as entertain. In her free time, you will find her watching and analyzing British detective shows on the couch with her dogs Ransom and Dougie, strumming a ukulele or out on a hike with family and friends.

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