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OLLU community encouraged to take a pledge for ‘Our 125th Service Legacy’

As OLLU continues the celebration of its 125th anniversary, faculty, staff and students are invited to help OLLU complete a goal of 125,000 service hours by May 2021 with a pledge for “Our 125th Service Legacy.”

To honor the university’s founders, the Congregation of Divine Providence, OLLU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lourdes Alvarez, announced at convocation a goal to complete service hours that would benefit 125 nonprofits within the community. 

With much community need, there are still many opportunities to sign up to volunteer and serve.  Volunteer service can be anything from helping a nonprofit organization to teaching religious education classes to helping at a child’s school. Direct service, and even philanthropy from faculty and staff, will also count toward the goal of reaching 125,000 service hours by May.

The Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism is continuing to encourage those who wish to participate to click on this link and pledge service hours for the 2020-2021 academic year.  (pledge link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeC3HI1NjH44r0wFk10rhjT9Ty2ZWMm1AD75nuPCSj941KPTA/viewform )

The deadline to submit pledges is March 31. Instructions on how to track service hours will be emailed to individuals after pledging. For questions, contact the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism office at 210-431-3990 or CSLV@ollusa.edu.

Join OLLU group for annual MLK March

Member of the OLLU community participate in last year's MLK March.

Member of the OLLU community participate in last year’s MLK March.

There are still slots available to carpool with the OLLU group participating in San Antonio’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. March on Jan. 16. To sign up, visit the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism Office in Worden School Building, Room 23, or call 210-431-3990. Students can earn volunteer hours for participating in the march.

The group carpooling from OLLU will meet in front of the Worden Building at 7:40 a.m. on Jan. 16 to travel to the march.

For those wishing to meet up with the OLLU group at the march, look for the OLLU banner at the beginning of the route. The OLLU group will gather beginning at 9:30 a.m.

MLK March details: The march begins at 10 a.m. in front of the MLK Academy in the 3500 block of MLK Drive. The march ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park at 1101 Iowa Street. The route is approximately 2.7 miles.

More than 130 students participated in Make a Difference Day

MakeADifferenceDay1 MakeADifferenceDay2OLLU helped “Make a Difference” on Oct. 17 when more than 130 students and a few staff participated in Make a Difference Day at the San Antonio Food Bank.

Volunteers picked vegetables in the fields, packaged frozen foods and prepared bags for upcoming food drives. The work of OLLU volunteers made enough meals to serve more than 6,000 individuals.

OLLU Make a Difference Day is coordinated by the vOLLUnteer Unity Council and the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism (CSLV). The CSLV coordinates volunteer opportunities every week. To learn more, visit Worden School Building, Room 23.

30 students receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

VolunteerServiceAwardThirty OLLU students have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award – almost double the number who earned the award last year. Together the students provided 4,100 volunteer hours to the community.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the contributions volunteers are making in their communities. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to honor Americans who inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

The honor is awarded to those who have completed at least 100 hours of service within a year. The award is given at the bronze, silver and gold levels. The bronze medal is awarded to those who complete 100-174 hours, the silver medal is awarded to those who complete at least 175 hours and the gold medal is awarded to those who complete 250 or more hours. Recipients receive a medal, a personalized Certificate of Achievement, a letter from the President of the United States and a letter from the President’s Council.

Gold Medal Winner:

  • Ernethia Carter-Abernathy – 549 service hours

Silver Medal Winner:

  • Elizabeth Ibarra – 389 service hours

Bronze Medal Winners:

  • Roland Aleman – 109 service hours
  • Silvia Alvarez – 107 service hours
  • Kevin Castaneda – 100.50 service hours
  • Grace Chavez – 113.50 service hours
  • Tahiry Contreras – 111.75 service hours
  • Selina Diaz – 108.75 service hours
  • Amy Lopez – 111 service hours
  • Chloe Medrano – 100.25 service hours
  • Yadira Montalvo – 105.25 service hours
  • Ivana Montenegro – 106.75 service hours
  • Silvia Nunez-Castorena – 115.25 service hours
  • Alyssa Parga – 105.75 service hours
  • Nallely Prudencio-Olvera – 100 service hours
  • Courtney Purl – 154 service hours
  • Cassandra Rodriguez – 135 service hours
  • Cesar Rodriguez – 167.25 service hours
  • Kimberly Rodriguez – 125 service hours
  • Stephanie Rodriguez – 117.50 service hours
  • Veronica Rodriguez – 120.25 service hours
  • Sara Santiago – 101 service hours
  • Guadalupe Sinyard – 110.75 service hours
  • Sandra Torres – 129.25 service hours
  • Kathleen Traver – 103 service hours
  • Amanda D. Valdez – 116.75 service hours
  • Valarie Villarreal – 135.75 service hours
  • Chloe Wolfe – 107.25 service hours
  • Bernice Zamora – 102 service hours
  • Maria Zavala – 105.25 service hours

Ernethia Carter-Abernathy, Kimberly Rodriguez, Veronica Rodriguez and Valeria Villarreal are receiving the award for the third time.

Roland Aleman, Grace Chavez, Amy Lopez, Cesar Rodriguez, Sara Santiago and Chloe Wolfe are receiving the award for the second time.

To earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a student must complete at least 100 community service hours approved by the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism (CSLV) between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.

To get hours tracked by the CSLV, a student must submit a Request for Project Service Approval. Once the project has been approved by the CSLV, they will begin entering hours into the tracking database. The CSLV will track approved projects for all students even if they are not working toward the award.

For more information, contact the CSLV at 210-431-3990 or cslv@ollusa.edu. Its office is located in Worden School, Room 23.