More than 1,400 University of Texas at Austin student volunteers are expected to participate in The Project, one of the largest one-day student- and community-run service events in the nation. This year’s event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Rundberg neighborhood, with headquarters at Dobie Middle School, 1200 E. Rundberg, Ln. 78753. Opening ceremony will be to the east of the school.
Established in 1999 by the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement at UT Austin, The Project is the annual culmination of a 12-month partnership effort involving UT student volunteers, city government departments, community organizations and local businesses.
The 17th annual Project will include an array of neighborhood beautification projects to be completed by volunteers at 17 work sites throughout the Rundberg area.
• Dobie Middle School, 1200 E. Rundberg Ln.
Volunteers will be painting and landscaping areas around the school.
• Bridgeport Bridges, 8807 Bridgeport Dr.
Volunteers will be painting the Fairfield and Payton Gin Bridges.
• Harmony Science Academy, 930 E. Rundberg Ln.
Volunteers will be painting games (four-square and hopscotch) on cement, cleaning the cafeteria and gardens, and creating a walking path.
• Ron Rigsby Park, 1110 Little Elm Park
Volunteers will be landscaping the area and repairing benches and picnic tables.
Home Depot store employees will be participating at the work sites. Whittlesey Landscape Supplies provided $3,000 in landscaping materials, and KIND Healthy Snacks donated $1,000 in wood to help build garden beds and benches.
Community partners also include the Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department, Austin Parks and Recreation, Downtown Austin Community Court, Solid Waste Services, Keep Austin Beautiful, University Federal Credit Union, all of the neighborhood organizations in the selected community, area school representatives and several other organizations.
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