vOLLUnteer UNITY COUNCIL
The vOLLUnteer Unity Council is a programming council, student organization, and one of the major programs in the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism (CSLV). We plan large events, small one-time projects and ongoing programs.
Our mission is to unite and empower the University community by engaging in quality volunteer service concentrating on San Antonio's Westside. VUC General Meetings for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters will be on designated Mondays from 12:15-1 p.m. in the Worden Building. All OLLU students are invited to attend. Contact us at 434-6711, ext. 2423 with any questions.
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VUC Student Directors
Student Director of Marketing - Samantha Guerra
Coordinates all marketing and promotions for the VUC and its events. Coordinates National Volunteer Week.
Student Director of Programming - Claudia Ramirez
Serves as VUC representative for the Student Government Association(SGA). Coordinates civic engagement and educational awareness activities. Assists in identifying funding for VUC.
Student Director of Projects - Rebekah Infante
Coordinates the VUC calendar of projects. Recruits for VUC chair positions and provides support to VUC chairs and student organization service chairs.
vOLLUnteer Unity Council Agency Partners
Each year, the VUC partners with a number of non-profit agencies in San Antonio's Westside. They keep us informed of their volunteer needs and provide projects for OLLU volunteers. This is an annual event that is held in the spring semester. The Community Agency Fair is a chance for students to visit with 35+ nonprofit agencies that come to the university to inform students on issues the surrounding communities face and how students can get involved and help. This year's event will be February 17, 2015.
vOLLUnteer IMPACT and OLLU's Make a Difference Day
vOLLUnteer IMPACT is the bi-annual university-wide service event in which OLLU students, faculty, and staff spend a day volunteering in several of San Antonio's Westside nonprofit organizations. The fall event took place on Oct. 25, 2014. The spring event will take place on March 28, 2015.
Youth and Families
One of the most important ways Our Lady of the Lake can reach out to San Antonio's Westside is by mentoring the youth who live here. You can also work with the youth programs and projects of the VUC.
Family issues span a wide range including parent education, food programs, economic opportunties, self-esteem, teenage pregnancy and much more.
Another important population for college students to reach out to are senior citizens. Many no longer have family and friends around to talk to and interact with and can be very lonely. Many are also stricken by poverty that is even harder to deal with because of medical conditions.
Meals on Wheels
Many seniors do not have the capabilities to cook for themselves because of economic issues or medical conditions. Christian Senior Services has established a program to deliver hot meals to seniors once per day to ensure that they get at least one healthy meal and some interaction each day. The CSLV serves as a drop-off/delivery site for 15 seniors in our neighborhood. Drivers and passengers are needed Monday through Friday between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Delivering only takes one hour and can be a very rewarding experience. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our office.
One of the most important issues being addressed on San Antonio's Westside is the lack of affordable, clean, safe housing. Several organizations in the area have made it their mission to change this.
Habitat for Humanity
Several times a semester a group of students helps to build or rehabilitate homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. These students also work to educate the campus and community about affordable housing issues and the service that Habitat for Humanity performs. Students do everything from painting and drywall to siding and landscape.
An important way to address the social justice issues that impact the programs areas of the VUC and the problems in San Antonio's Westside is through civic engagement. This includes politics, activism and much more. For several years, the VUC has participated in the MLK March on MLK Day in January and the Cesar Chavez March. Both activities are a great way to show our support for civil, minority and workers' rights.
Environment and Neighborhood Revitalization
Another problem of this neighborhood and many throughout the country, is unsafe and unclean streets, lots and sidewalks in less fortunate areas. San Antonio has launched a number of projects to get volunteers and residents involved in cleaning these up.
Students volunteering during Freshmen Orientation. Bringing awareness to Domestic Violence.
»Contact the vOLLUnteer Unity Council:
Located in the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism in the Worden School, Room 23
Phone: 210-434-6711, ext. 2423 or 210-431-3990