Students ‘Reach Out’ to help community

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor participated in a local volunteer program called “Reaching Out” on Saturday, April 2.
The annual event is a student-led program run by the UMHB Student Government Association that helps local businesses and families through service projects.
Registration for Reaching Out began at 8 a.m. and projects were completed from 9 a.m. until noon.
An estimated 350 students, staff and faculty volunteered on Saturday around Bell County.
Students from the Belton Christian Youth Center had students helped set up a game room. CAB and other on-campus organizations helped build and deliver playhouses.
Some students cleaned up the Belton park, and the Astra organization helped with the Heart Walk registration.
Students also helped assist with projects that benifited organizations like Feed My Sheep, Hope Pregnancy Center, and Habitat for Humanity.
“Community service doesn’t fit into one mold,” said junior, political science major, Brodie Cutts.“Service comes in all shapes and sizes, it doesn’t have to be just picking up trash.
It can be getting together with your co-workers and building a playhouse for a little kid who might not get one otherwise.”
Cutts helped build playhouses for military families with the Residence Life group and said that not only did he enjoy helping the needy families, but he also enjoyed working alongside his friends and co-workers.
“We got to joke around and get to know oeach other in a relaxed environment, which is always good,” he said.
Shelby Rogers, a sophomore psychology major worked with Circle K, First Year Council, and the Lion’s Club on cleaning up the Belton Park for a BMX trail.
“My favorite part was seeing how different [the park] looked before and after.”
Rogers said not only did they make the park sparkle but she and her group also found a ton of useful items they never expected to find.
“We found a living room set and an artificial Christmas tree,” she said. “We also found clothes, more furniture, and a ton of tires.”
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) also helped deliver the playhouses for military families.
“It was so fun getting to see the little girl’s face light up as we took the playhouse out of the truck and placed it in her backyard,” sophomore marketing major, Emily Parker said.
After delivering the playhouse, the group helped paint the structure for the family.
“It was wonderful seeing this little girl have so much fun.” she said.
Reaching Out has helped many businesses and families around Belton, Parker said.
It continues to build strong bonds between the community and UMHB students.

Author: Kaylee Blumenfeld

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