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Students give back to B-CS

Aggies bake, build houses for surrounding community

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07

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Students give back to B-CS

Aggies bake, build houses for surrounding community

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Most of the time, there is little to no room for monetary donations to charitable causes in a college student’s budget. Fortunately, there are endless ways to give back in the Bryan-College Station area through community service opportunities from baking to building houses.

Tara Price, graduate student in nutrition, said the on-campus community service opportunities should be taken advantage of by students.

“I think community service is the most important thing you can contribute to society, especially at this age when you’re able,” Price said.

During the school year, students can get involved through a number of community service organizations at Texas A&M University. 

Helping the Homeless

Aggie Habitat for Humanity is an organization dedicated to raising awareness about poverty housing. Working in conjunction with the local Habitat for Humanity organization, this organization helps provide opportunities for families living in substandard housing to own a home. The family must commit to at least 500 hours of sweat-equity into other homes and is then sold a house for the cost of
materials on a 30-year, no interest loan. The houses are built using volunteer labor, which is where the students come in. Working alongside families, they work on houses throughout the year. 

Mentoring Youth

For students interested in playing a part in the future , Aggie Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that helps children through one-on-one mentoring relationships. ABBBS is a professional mentoring organization where volunteers are evaluated and matched with a child best fit for them. Volunteers are responsible for spending time with the child, being an exemplary role model and encouraging the child to pursue positive goals in the future. 

Cooking for a Cause

Students interested in sharing love through food may be interested in Texas A&M Cupcakes, a student organization that brings students together through a mutual love of baking. Members organize various bake sales and events throughout the year in order to raise funds for the Brazos Valley Food Bank. For every dollar donated to the food bank, five pounds of food are distributed to people in need. 

When the school year is not in full swing, there are still a number of ways to get involved in the community.

Animal Adoption

The Brazos Animal Shelter is constantly accepting applications for those interested in volunteering to help take care of animals without a home, be of assistance at the shelter and help at charitable events such as Wienerfest and PetSmart Mobile Adoption. 

“They have a good thing going and they need help. So do the animals,” said sophomore animal science major and Brazos Animal Shelter volunteer, Kaitlyn Porter.

Brazos Animal Shelter is also seeking individuals capable of volunteering to foster animals that need medical assistance or are too young to adopt. 

Sharing Talents

Students interested in using their performance talents for a cause might consider visiting a retirement home. Junior education major Ciara Scott said singing to the members of the Crestview Retirement Community was a touching experience.

“A group of my friends wanted to go sing Christmas carols to them last December,” Scott said. “It was a really simple thing — we’re not professional or anything and we only did a few songs — but they were so excited to hear us and so happy that we came.”

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