University of Houston participates in a number of community service and community outreach events throughout the year which benefit the greater Houston area. Many students are actively involved in helping their fellow Houstonians through events such as 9/11 Day of Service, Back to School Fest, and March of Dimes. Learn more about the events UH Community participates in annually below:
9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
9/11 Day of Service brings together UH students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends of the university to commemorate the tragedies that occurred on September 11, 2001 by volunteering. Coogs gather annually at the Houston Food Bank to scan, sort and pack food to feed food-insecure families in the Houston area.
Back to School Fest ensures that 25,000 area students from kindergarten to fifth grade are prepared to begin school ready to learn on the first day. As in previous years, this year’s event offered school supplies, backpacks, clothes, City of Houston information health screenings, immunizations, and social service resources to families so they could focus on sending healthy, prepared children back to the classroom to learn.
Cougar Red Readers
Started in spring 2015 this program connects UH student athletes to 3rd graders at Blackshear Elementary, a neighboring 3rd Ward grade school, for the sake of literacy. Student athletes read to the elementary students, creating a fun-filled interactive story time that helps them develop a love of reading. Cougar Red Readers is an effort to combat illiteracy and increase chances of lifelong success, while emphasizing the importance of higher education.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'". Each year Coogs gather in this spirit and to honor the work and teachings of Dr. King. Coogs donate their time and energies to local non-profits such as Meals on Wheels, Forge for Families, the Houston Food Bank and The Houston Public Library.
March of Dimes March for Babies
For 19 years UH has hosted the annual March of Dimes March for Babbies walk to help raise funds and awareness about premature birth. Houston's MOD walk is the largest in the country with almost 40,000 walkers. For more information on March of Dimes or to donate click here.