Bauer Gives Back: Bauer College Alumni Association
Connect Campus Volunteers to Houston Community
Editor’s note: This story is part of a series called “Bauer Gives Back,” which will run through the rest of the Fall 2012 semester. Bauer Gives Back highlights volunteer activities and charitable efforts of students, staff, faculty and alumni of the college.
Whether it’s through time or donations, the Bauer College Alumni Association (BCAA) Community Service Committee strives to help those in need all year long. For committee co-chair Richard Orellana (’96) and member Lupe Garcia (’07), 2012 was the start of something big.
The year allowed the BCAA committee to serve countless Houstonians with a record number of volunteer opportunities. The group planted 275 trees at MacGregor Park, donated holiday gifts for children at Navidad en el Barrio, and brought more than 160 Bauer students and alumni to the Houston Food Bank to work on the 9/11 National Day of Service.
“I think it’s important for others to give back, especially if you’re an alumni of Bauer, and you’ve been so blessed and fortunate. There are so many worthwhile causes in our community that need the help of volunteers, and without volunteers, they wouldn’t be able to operate,” Garcia said. “Whether it is your time, your talent or your funds, they need us — the alumni — to be active in the community.”
The BCAA committee plans to hold many of these events again in 2013 and is already seeking out additional volunteers from the college community to pitch in.
“Volunteerism and serving others in need is something that our BCAA Community Service Committee truly believes in and is extremely passionate about,” Orellana said. “By working with the BCAA and Bauer Community to organize these opportunities, we hope to grow our volunteer base each year so that we can better serve our community.”
By Amanda Sebesta
- In January, 68 Bauer volunteers along with other volunteers planted approximately 275 trees at MacGregor Park, which is less than a mile away from the UH campus. The event was hosted by Trees for Houston (non-profit) and was in response to the large number of trees lost during the summer drought in 2011.
- In July, 25 Bauer Alumni volunteers helped with the Skills for Living “Game of Real Life,” a game that enables high school students to experience life from the ages of 19 to 26 and make “real life” decisions including interviewing for jobs, applying for college, taking exams for college scholarships, paying everyday bills, buying cars/homes, getting married, having kids and experience many of the “ups and downs” of everyday life.
- In September, 168 Bauer volunteers spent the morning volunteering at the Houston Food Bank in honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service.
- In November, 12 Bauer volunteers helped serve food/drinks to hundreds of low income elementary and middle school students prior to them attending our homecoming football game. This was through the “Little Coogs” program which is one of many programs offered through Be A Champion (non-profit).
- In December, approximately 70 Bauer volunteers helped with Navidad en el Barrio at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This is an annual event that serves approximately 2,000 low-income elementary school students from over 50 schools in the Greater Houston Area.