Volunteer Effort Boosts Community Connection
November 20, 2015
Kyle Washington played his last football game as Rams quarterback on Nov. 14 and, less than a week later, he was out in a field behind a San Angelo shopping center picking up trash with other ASU students as part of Angelo State University’s Ram Blitz.
Launched last year, Ram Blitz is an annual campus-wide service program organized by ASU’s Center for Student Involvement (CSI) to promote volunteerism and community involvement.
Tiffany Allen, a senior from Midland, volunteered for ASU’s November Ram Blitz.
For Washington, a graduate student from Humble, Ram Blitz was another opportunity for him to volunteer his time, something he does frequently.
“I think it is important to volunteer,” he said. “The community supports me and it supports the football team, so it’s important to give back, to show I support San Angelo.”
“Before I got this job, I participated in Students who Serve, Project Angelo and Angelo Serves. It was an opportunity to get off campus and help out our community and make a difference. As a student, I feel obligated to get out in our community and impact it in a positive way.”
Washington sees other benefits to volunteering, too.
“When you get together with people you don’t know for volunteer opportunities, you get a chance to build friendships,” he said.
More than 70 ASU students registered for this year’s Ram Blitz, according to Brynna Pollack, CSI’s community service programs manager. The sophomore communication major from Boerne said Ram Blitz is one of a number of volunteer opportunities CSI organizes for students throughout the year.
“Before I got this job, I participated in Students who Serve, Project Angelo and Angelo Serves,” Pollack said. “It was an opportunity to get off campus and help out our community and make a difference. As a student, I feel obligated to get out in our community and impact it in a positive way.”
“It only takes one person to make a difference,” she added.
Mayra Martinez of San Angelo, a junior majoring in criminal justice, was part of a group of students who went to House of Faith, a nonprofit that offers programs such as after-school Bible study for children and their families.
“I’ve always wanted to be involved in community service,” she said. “I’m a full-time student, a full-time mom and I have a full-time job with the county, so I don’t get to interact with many student activities. I want to be a role model for my son and I want to be able to help. This was something new that I’ve always wanted to do, so when I got the email about it, I signed up.”
ASU students also volunteered at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, San Angelo’s Family Shelter, Concho Valley PAWS, Royal Estates and Girl Scouts of Central Texas.
At the Girl Scouts’ San Angelo Service Center, a team of ASU volunteers put a fresh coat of paint on a very special wall.
“This wall is where our Girl Scout Gold Awards are going to be displayed,” said Donna Brosh, resource development executive. “We had been a part of this last year, so we knew how great the students are and what a good job they do.”