Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Helping Javs helping others through community service

KINGSVILLE - October 26, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Student groups will complete month-long project on Habitat house this Saturday, Oct. 28

Student groups from Texas A&M University-Kingsville have exchanged their books for hammers and their computers for paintbrushes as they have been spending the past three Saturdays working on a house in Corpus Christi for Habitat for Humanity. They will complete work on the home Saturday, Oct. 28. About 120 students signed up to help over the four Saturdays in October.

Helping Hands, Helping Javs is the student community service program on campus, said Chaye Smithwick, assistant director of student activities. “This group is the liaison between the community and the students who are interested in performing community service.”

“I believe that a community service program instills the importance of giving back to our community in our students,” said Seferino “Nino” Mendietta, director of the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB) and Student Activities. “Leadership gives students many skills that they will use in their lives beyond their tenure at A&M-Kingsville. I think we need to teach our students to be ‘servant leaders.’”

“It is our obligation as an educated society to give back to the community,” said Dr. Tom Jackson Jr., vice president of student affairs. “As college students and educators, it is our gift to give of our time to the most needy.”

The student volunteers have been painting the exterior and interior of a home for a woman and her young children. She has been present on Saturdays and met the students, Smithwick said.

Helping Hands, Helping Javs will continue work throughout the community and have already planned to assist with Adopt-an-Angel at the Southgate Mall in Kingsville Saturday, Dec. 2, through Monday, Dec. 11. They also volunteer regularly at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingsville and recently helped the board of directors with the Build a Better Kid fundraiser.

Student organizations helping with the Habitat for Humanity project have been Psi Theta Upsilon, Kappa Delta Chi, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, the Health and Kinesiology Club and the 1102 and 1103 classes of Livia Diaz, assistant professor of health and kinesiology.

For more information on Helping Hands, Helping Javs, call 361-593-2760.

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