Baylor Students Will Serve Waco Community During Steppin’ OutApril 2, 2014
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WACO, Texas (April 2, 2014) –Baylor University student organizations will volunteer to work together during Steppin’ Out on Saturday, April 5, to improve Waco through community service.
Tyler Couch, student director of the Steppin’ Out steering committee, said there are a variety of jobs that students will be assigned to do all over Waco.
“We paint houses, do yard work, partner with community gardens, and this semester we’ve placed a big emphasis on working with agencies and churches in the community,” he said.
Couch said one agency the committee has partnered with is Keep Waco Beautiful, an organization that seeks to increase pride in the city by picking up trash.
“The thought there is that if you live in a clean neighborhood, you’re going to take more pride in it and want to see it improve more,” he said.
Couch said the homeowners and organizations who partner with Steppin’ Out are generally “very thankful” when the day is over.
“We’ve had an incredibly positive response,” he said. “I think people really enjoy getting to interact with Baylor students and getting to work with them on different projects to make Waco a more positive city to live in.”
Baylor's inaugural Steppin' Out was held in the spring of 1985 as a week of events leading to a full day of service. As the event grew, it became a one-day event during the fall and spring semesters. The event strives to enhance student involvement in community service and attain community awareness, interaction, and collaboration between Baylor University and the Waco community.
“I think we’re in a really good place for Saturday,” Couch said. “We have good numbers of people signed up to serve, and I’m really confident that it’s going to be a great event.”
For more information, contact the Steppin’ Out office at (254) 710-3199.
by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805.
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