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Mays Center seeks volunteers for day of cleanup

Mays Center seeks volunteers for day of cleanup - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Texas A&M University-San Antonio volunteers participate in the Choose. Act. Impact. event Sept. 29, 2018. The Mays Center will host their next Choose. Act. Impact. day of service Feb. 15, 2020. Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University-San Antonio Flickr

Texas A&M University-San Antonio students and faculty can participate in Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s first bi-annual day of service cleaning – Choose. Act. Impact. on Feb. 15.

The Mays Center is partnering with Basura Bash, a San Antonio organization committed to clean the city’s rivers and waterways for the past 25 years. The Basura Bash Planning Organization has established a goal of slashing the amount of trash sent to landfills by half, according to the organization’s website. 

Last year, 2,566 volunteers collected over 19 tons of trash from 19 rivers and streams across San Antonio.

This year, volunteers will be cleaning the San Antonio Watershed at Indian Creek. Organizers Miguel Castro and Allie Beetle hope for around 100 volunteers from A&M-San Antonio to participate in the cleanup.

“We’re hoping for 100 to 150 volunteers,” said Miguel Castro, AmeriCorps public ally.

Volunteers are expected to wear long pants or jeans, closed toe shoes, gloves and long sleeves, according to the Basura Bash website. Sunscreen and bug repellent are encouraged. Waters will be provided.

For Texas A&M University-San Antonio volunteers will meet between 7:15 a.m. and 8 a.m. outside the Science and Technology Building’s west entrance, directly adjacent to Parking Lot #2. Upon arrival volunteers will be checked in and provided with T-shirts for the event.

Volunteers will be shuttled to Divine Providence Church at 5667 Old Pearsall Road and walk to the watershed to begin cleanup.

Breakfast tacos and coffee will be available as refreshments before shuttles of volunteers leave to the cleanup location.

“When it comes to our students volunteering, we hope to instill community minded leaders,” Castro said. “We hope that through volunteering our students gain hands on experience and a better understanding of the needs of their local and national community. I hope that everyone who comes to our volunteer events sees the positive impact they are creating in the community and are inspired to continue being selfless servants to those in need.”

To register for the event, visit

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Brittany Pichler
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Brittany Pichler is a senior communication major with a minor in sociology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Brittany has an extensive background in marketing, having worked for a local San Antonio agency previously. She has since moved her expertise to writing, her biggest passion. After graduation in spring 2020, she looks forward to pursuing her master’s in creative writing and film at Sarah Lawrence or Columbia University in New York. Brittany aspires to become an author and screenwriter in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, reading and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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