Hunter de Masi, student director of Tarleton Round Up, spoke to the Stephenville City Council Tuesday and said the signup period for job site work is open until March 17.

Tarleton Round Up is an annual day of service that enables Tarleton students, faculty, staff and community members to work together in a collaborative effort to assist the Stephenville community in a variety of ways.

Volunteers in the Round Up complete projects such as painting, raking leaves and cleaning gutters for elderly and Stephenville residents that cannot complete common household chores. But this year, it’s open up to everyone.

According to de Masi, “We wanted to broaden it to help more people, so if someone has a need that they can’t do themselves, go to our website or give us a call and sign up. We want to help as many people as we can.”

De Masi asked that people sign up by Friday, March 17 if possible so the volunteer team will know how many jobs need addressing. However he said, “If something comes after that, we’ll still see if we can do something.”

Mayor Kenny Weldon said, “This is a great effort every year that benefits a lot of people and the city of Stephenville, and we can’t thank Tarleton and the Round Up volunteers enough for their efforts.”

According to the Round Up website, in 2016, around 1,600 Tarleton volunteers participated in the university’s largest single-day service project — those volunteers teamed up and tackled nearly 150 job sites around Stephenville.

The job sites were mostly at the homes of elderly or disabled citizens, however, volunteers also provided assistance to the Stephenville Museum, Cross Timbers Pregnancy Center and the local Foster’s Home for Children.

The program also partnered with the Tarleton Environmental Society to clean up the Bosque River and the Bosque River Trail. Other partnerships with the city and the Tarleton Recycling Service allowed materials collected during the clean up to be recycled.

To sign up as a volunteer or to request job site assistance from the Tarleton Round Up team, visit www.tinyurl.com/TSU-Round-Up.

For more information, contact the Tarleton Office of Student Engagement at 254-968-9256.