NACURH Winner
Month: April 2019

NACURH, INC.

Organization of the Month

School: Texas State - San Marcos Region: SWACURH
Nominee: Student Volunteer Connection Nominator: Vanessa Carranza

On-Campus Population: 6800 Chapter Size: 60

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

Student Volunteer Connection (SVC) is an organization at Texas State whose primary mission is to promote civic engagement through high-impact service learning and volunteer opportunities throughout the San Marcos community, the state of Texas, and the nation. This organization allows the students of Texas State to help develop the love for selfless service and leadership. SVC’s goals are to help provide the students and organizations at Texas state with volunteer opportunities as well as making a positive impact in the Hays County area and collaborating with other service organization on campus. SVC puts on various events served to a specific themes of the month as well have bi-weekly meetings on Tuesday where they engage with members and provide service learning regarding the topic of the month. SVC never fails to impact the students of Texas State and the Community of San Marcos all year round through their values of service.

To begin with, during the first week of April, Student Volunteer Connection lend a helping hand to BobcatThon (a Texas State philanthropic organization) by asking for donations and also having a bake sale where all the proceeds were donated to the Children Miracle Network. They also volunteered at BobcatThon’ s Annual Dance Marathon that helped raise money for the Dell Children's Medical Center.

During the second week of April, Student Volunteer Connection had their first meeting of April where they had members participate in painting a poster to promote April’s Earth day theme. They also had members get into committees to help discuss the event planning and marketing for their environmental awareness event. Throughout April SVC had a donation drive benefitting the Center for Child Protection (a children's advocacy center) where they asked for donations such as Gender Neutral Backpacks, Toothpaste, Art Supplies, Lice Kits, Underwear, Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner, Journals, and Dippers.

During the third week of April, SVC spent Tuesday out in the Quad promoting their last Bobcat Act of Kindness event as well as handling out environmentally friendly promotional items to students. On Wednesday SVC attend The Boko Awards an award ceremony to honor students and organizations who make a commitment to leadership, service, and excellence in the Texas State Community. Student Volunteer Connection took a total of four awards. Their Advisor Amanda won Advisor of the Year, Their Graduate Assistant, Andrew won Graduate Assistant of the year, SVC President Titus won Student Organization Leader of the Year, and Their Bobcat Acts of Kindness won Annual Program of the Year. That same week they had their environmental educational event titled Trash to Treasure. An event opened to all students to celebrate Earth Day by creating their very own composting bins suitable for even the smallest of rooms and could be used both indoors and outdoors making it an innovative way college students can live environmentally friendly.

During the last weeks of April, Student Volunteer Connection held their last Bobcat Acts of Kindness event which was an Earth Day event that provides environmental awareness to students. Students learned about the best practices to calculate their carbon footprints and took part in their last service project of the year. SVC also had their end of the year banquet which provided a fun time to celebrate with members on all their achievements as well as the goals and service they accomplished throughout the year.

All in all, Student Volunteer Connection is an organization that proceeds to provided excellence on campus and the San Marcos Community. SVC continues to spread service and awareness to help our community at Texas State and the Hayes County community and therefore deserves the recognition.

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Date of entry into database: 2019-05-10 00:18:26

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