Several hundred Tarleton State University volunteers, mostly students, will roll up their sleeves and say thanks to the Stephenville community by performing all sorts of odd jobs on Saturday, April 14.
It’s all part of the 14th annual Tarleton Round-Up, a day of service when volunteers venture out into the community to assist the elderly, homebound individuals or others who simply need a hand with common household chores and yard work.
Coordinated by Student Leadership Programs in cooperation with the city of Stephenville and the Keep Stephenville Beautiful initiative, Tarleton Round-Up hopes to attract more than 800 volunteers for the upcoming day of service, said director Johnny Robinson. “Tarleton is one of many institutions of higher education that strives to give back to their communities,” he said. “It is our hope that this year we can make an even greater impact on the Stephenville community by widening the scope of the projects”.
The student-led initiative hopes to complete 150 work sites as part of this year’s Round-Up, said student coordinator Anthony Linder. “Without the support from students, faculty and staff, local residents, business leaders, and the community, this program will not meet the goals that have been set. In order to make this a great event we look to our students, and community members to serve, provide funds, submit job sites and volunteer to work alongside our students. We look forward to this great event and to make Stephenville a better place for all members involved.”
Last year, Tarleton Round-Up attracted 200 volunteers who completed 45 worksites, said Robinson. Students will be dispatched to any residence or public property that has been approved by the executive committee group based on the Job Request Forms submitted to the group. Round-Up Coordinators Anthony Linder and Kimberly Davis along with executive committee members have been working since February to ensure a successful event. “Anthony and Kim have assembled a great team to help coordinate this event and I am confident they will meet their goals they have set for Round-Up 2012,” said Robinson.
Some of the services that will be provided include trimming shrubs, raking leaves, hauling branches, cleaning gutters and other general yard cleanup, as well as indoor cleaning such as window washing, painting and basic maintenance chores. The event will kick off at 8 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m., or whenever the projects are completed.
For more information, to submit a job request or to sign up as a Round-Up volunteer, please contact the Office of Student Leadership Programs at 254-968-9252, or visit: www.tarleton.edu/leadership.roundup.html. The deadline to submit a worksite request or to volunteer is Friday, April 6.