Hundreds of Volunteers Join Together to Serve Through Baylor University’s Steppin’ OutApril 11, 2019
by Gabrielle White, student newswriter, Baylor University Media and Public Relations
WACO, Texas (April 11, 2019) – Baylor University will host Steppin’ Out from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, where more than 2,300 volunteers and 90 organizations will team up to serve the Waco and Baylor communities.
Steppin’ Out has been a tradition at Baylor since 1985. It is one of the largest collegiate community service projects in the United States and is nationally recognized for its commitment to service.
“With leadership and service being an integral part of the Baylor student experience, Steppin’ Out is a great opportunity for all Baylor students to practice leadership through direct service,” said Doriann Beverly, Ph.D., interim senior coordinator for community and service in the Baylor Office of Community Engagement and Service. “This event allows Bears to give back to our neighbors who support Baylor in countless ways.”
Students will participate at more than 70 locations and work in four-hour shifts. The shifts will run from 8 a.m. to noon, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday. One of the sites, the Canned Good Structures at McLane Stadium, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with engineering teams building structures all day.
Additional sites of interest include the City of Elm Mott cleanup, Keep Waco Beautiful City cleanup, canned food drive, Little League Parks, Mother Neff State Park, BU Community Garden, ReStore, Bosqueville United Methodist Church and Toiletry Kit assembly. The Toiletry Kit assembly will be done by student-athletes and the Baylor athletics program in the Stone Reception Room in the Ferrell Center. The kits will be provided to The Store, a food pantry on Baylor’s campus that normalizes food resources as one of the supports that students can utilize to fully thrive at Baylor.
This year, volunteers will represent more than 90 student and staff organizations. Organizations include Staff Council, Leadership Living-Learning Community, Chi Omega, Multicultural Greek Council, Louise Herrington School of Nursing students and BU Meds.
“This exceptional event is organized, planned and run by a student planning committee,” Beverly said. “Its members recruit the jobs and volunteers while also raising the money to pay for tools, supplies and food for the day of the service.”
The goals of the planning committee and day of service event include enhancing Baylor's involvement through service to the surrounding community, increasing awareness of the needs of the surrounding community and facilitating collaboration between Baylor University and the Greater Waco community.
The event is sponsored by 20 companies from the Baylor and Waco community. Sponsors include: Office of Community Engagement & Service; Academy for Leadership Development; Baylor Catering; McLane Stadium; Student Government; W Promotions; Baylor Parent Fund; Brothers Management; Walmart; CP&Y; Baylor Athletics; Delta Sigma Pi; K-Beauty; Baylor Bookstore; Tiff’s Treats; Raising Cane’s; Chuy’s; Common Grounds; Off the Cob Popcorn; and Whataburger.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.