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 package food to feed food-insecure families in the Houston area.
Cougar Red Readers
Cougar Red Readers connects student athletes to 3rd graders at a neighboring 3rd Ward grade school. Student athletes read to the elementary students helping them develop a love for reading while combating illiteracy.
March of Dimes March for Babies
For almost 22 years UH has hosted the annual March of Dimes March for Babies walk to help raise funds and awareness about the dangers of premature birth. UH, corporate and personal teams spend months fundraising using unique and exciting ideas. Houston's MOD walk is the largest in the country with almost 40,000 walkers.
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 for MLK Day of Service 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.
Mayor's Back to School Fest
The Mayor's 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.