I helped with the 2016 Merit Badge University, a program that helps Boy Scouts from all over Texas earn their merit badges. We design classes and ensure that the material meets the requirements for the badges. Then, we get the opportunity to teach these classes, working hands on with Scouts. This is an important project to me because I have a passion for teaching, and as a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the Boy Scouts mean a lot to me. I enjoy working this project every year because I can see how much of an impact we make immediately.
Along with other APO brothers, we stayed in the UTC putting together supplies for the event "Merit Badge University" where a bunch of boy scouts of America came and attended classes in order to get merit badges. The evening consisted of organized various materials for the various classes, and making sure that each troop packet contained the right directions to the different classrooms, a meal ticket for every scout, and a drink ticket.
I helped people with the Be the Match Foundation in creating and organizing the pamphlets, envelopes and stickers on Sunday February 14, 2015 from 1 PM to 2 PM. The other volunteers and I routinely took out labels, posted them onto a booklet, then onto an enveloped and then onto the folder containing the cotton swabs. For the last action, we would put labels on the clean cotton swabs then put all the materials together and get started on the next.
We worked with Longhorn Lights Out, an organization dedicated to lowering UT's energy footprint. My group and I took on an entire group of buildings, turning off the lights in each one and making sure that the least amount of power was being used. I never realized how often people leave classrooms lit, even when there's no one around. I cannot imagine the impact that it has on energy use, so I was glad to help make a change.
I helped promote the MD Anderson Blood Drive that occurs every semester. I stood on the sidewalk and encouraged passerbyers to stop and donate. I learned a lot of facts about the importance of blood donation, and I hope that I was able to share it with other UT students.
I worked at the UT Micro Farm, the only sustainable garden on campus. It was rewarding to work with the people who run the farm daily. They are dedicated to the success of their crops, and the research opportunities that they gain are highly valuable at a strong research university like UT. I was a bit discouraged to get outside and get dirty, but I ended up having a great time at the Micro Farm.
I volunteered at an art auction and gala event for the Arc of Austin, a group that seeks to change the lives of mentally handicapped people. I assisted with different stages of the event so that it could run smoothly. I loved getting to interact with patrons and artists because they were some of the kindness, most generous people that I've had the pleasure of meeting. I played a small part in the success of the event, but I enjoyed it immensely.
We helped put together condom packages and handed them out around campus in order to promote safe and healthy sexual behaviors. It is no secret that college students can participate in risky behavior often, so helping curb that is important to me so that fellow students can remain happy and healthy.
Worked alongside Texas APO in providing walks to and from campus to UT students, faculty, and staff.
Assisted alongside Texas APO with general tasks around the Greenhouse on campus. Tasks included: repotting of plants and overall greenhouse clean-up.
Volunteered alongside Texas APO with a week-long blood drive event (3/30/15-4/3/15) by spreading awareness on donating blood and by assisting donors at the various blood-drive locations around the UT campus.