UTEP's Project MOVE Promotes Community Service
EL PASO — More than 1,000 members of the Miner Nation will provide a lesson in community service during the 3rd annual UTEP Project MOVE starting Saturday, March 3, at more than 60 sites around the El Paso area.
Students, staff, faculty and alumni from The University of Texas at El Paso will clean, paint, landscape, garden, build beds, make childrens’ blankets, and assist in home and playground repairs in an effort to give back to the community and experience the importance of service, leadership and civic engagement.
“This is a win-win situation,” said Ryan C. Holmes, associate dean of students and event coordinator. “The community has supported the University and its students in a variety of ways through the years. This is a chance for the University to provide the person power to give back to the community.”
Pablo Padilla, president of UTEP’s Student Government Association, looked back fondly on his participation with Project MOVE (Miner Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences) during the past two years.
“I saw the impact of how one day of volunteering really helps,” said Padilla, a senior microbiology major. “I loved the student unity and the motivation.”
Registration for Project MOVE will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Triangle. A kickoff rally will follow with comments from University President Diana Natalicio, a performance by the UTEP Cheerleaders and an appearance of Paydirt Pete. The volunteers will then disburse to their sites and work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holmes said businesses including Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Price’s Creameries, and Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q have made in-kind donations to help with the event’s success.