Bringing ‘Tech to Town’
During this past school year, Texas Tech University’s Student Government Association and the President’s Office started working together on a new initiative. Their goal was to get students more involved in giving back to the local community through volunteer work. It was a great idea, but as with all great ideas, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. That’s where our board member Allison Matherly came in.
Allison is the Coordinator for Digital Engagement at Texas Tech. As she was talking to the coordinators of the new initiative about social media promotion, she encouraged them to talk to us, as well. Allison knew that the Volunteer Center could help find and plan service projects that would interest a broad number of students and provide great resources for many local organizations.
The group followed her suggestion and contacted Service Coordinator Paris Wright. Paris helped the students connect with local nonprofits and coordinate their activities, resulting in a great collaboration that took place on April 9, 2016.
Tech to Town provided students the opportunity to serve nine local organizations through volunteer projects. A few of the organizations included the Salvation Army, the Lubbock Dream Center, and the Haven Animal Care Shelter. College students took to the town to show their appreciation for the Lubbock community and say ‘thank you’ in a big way. Some 800 students volunteered, making a significant impact on the Lubbock community.
Tech to Town was an incredible event – a step towards engaging college students in our community. We were honored to be a part of it, and we cannot wait to see how it grows in the future.