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Community Service and Engagement

Welcome to the Community Service and Events page. This page contains information about on-going community service opportunities as well as upcoming events on-campus and in the community. This page will be updated throughout the semester as information is received.

If you have an event or opportunity that you would like to be highlighted here or in the FSL Monthly Newsletter please complete the Request to Distribute form for approval. 

Continuous Service Opportunities

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  • Do you love working with kids? Do you enjoy being a positive role model? Do you want to make a difference in your community? The Boys and Girls Club promotes activities that create positive and memorable experiences for children across South Central Texas. Click here to apply to be a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club.

  • This Community Impact article lists 25 community service opportunities located in Buda, Kyle, and San Marcos. Click here to find out about ongoing community opportunities for your chapter.

  • Get involved and join the City of San Marcos team by volunteering your time and talent to support City programs, projects, and events. Examples of the volunteer duties include: assisting at the San Marcos Public Library, assisting with San Marcos Public Library and Discovery Center clean up, assisting the San Marcos Fire Department, and getting involved with the Junior Fire Academy. Click here to learn more about how to get involved with these programs.

    For additional opportunities volunteering with special events and senior programs, please contact Jennifer Mach at JMach@sanmarcostx.gov or 512-393-8413.

    For additional opportunities volunteering with youth events and programs, please contact Catherine Marler at CMarler@sanmarcostx.gov or 512-393-8249.

  • The Greater San Marcos Youth Council requires the assistance of volunteers with their events throughout the year and have volunteer opportunities available in the Children's Shelter as well. Examples of volunteer activities include: sorting and organizing donations, taking children outside for recreational activities, assisting in activities related to different holidays, mentoring children who require special attention, and helping with homework. Click here to learn how to be a volunteer or intern for the Greater San Marcos Youth Council.

  • Volunteers at Austin Habitat For Humanity plays an essential role in achieving their mission of building homes, communities, and hope. Click here to learn how to join their team to help build and repair homes, strengthen and revitalize communities, and support a more sustainable environment.

  • The Hays County Food Bank is passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education, and advocacy. Volunteer duties include: distributing food, driver, weighing and sorting food, assisting with special events. Click here to learn more about how to get involved with the Hays County Food Bank.

  • School Fuel's mission is to provide the "fuel" for a better learning environment by removing the pangs of hunger among the students in the classrooms. Examples of volunteer activities include HEB delivery, prepping meals, and packing meals. Click here to learn how to be a volunteer for School Fuel San Marcos.

  • Volunteers are needed throughout the year for a variety of projects including the removal of invasive and replanting of native plants, water quality monitoring, participating in surveys, educational events, clean-ups, and other conversation projects. Click here to learn how to volunteer with the San Marcos River Foundation.

  • The Southside Community Center (SSCC) is a non-profit organization that is a proud affiliate of the United States Methodist Church. They are committed to improving the living conditions and person dignity of those in need in San Marcos and Hays County, Texas. The SSCC provides programs that include: transitional shelter and food, emergency assistance, housing for law-income and elderly, neighborhood housing improvement, cooperation with other community organizations. Click here to find out how your chapter can contribute to SSCC.

  • We Are Blood is a non-profit organization that is locally focused, all of the blood collected at their mobile blood drives and donation centers is distributed to local hospitals for use in the community, including hospitals in Hays County. Interested to donate blood and save lives in the community? Visit their website to schedule an appointment for your chapter. 

Upcoming Events

Below you will find information on events that are taking place on campus or around the community that our members would benefit from attending. Events that should be reported with chapter's monthly Civic Engagement forms are marked with the corresponding category in the last column. 

Date Time Location Event Details/More Info

Civic Eng.

4-7- Dec 4:30- 11:00 pm 401 E. Hopkins  Sights and Sounds Volunteers play a huge role in the festival, as it would be impossible to run such a large event without any extra help. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help in various areas of the festival. In order to access the full volunteer site and registration, be sure to create an account Comm. Serv.
7-Dec TBD Sights & Sounds SVC - Sights and Sounds Take a break from finals to volunteer at the annual Sights and Sounds holiday event with SVC Comm. Serv.
10-Dec 6:00-8:00 pm 750 Barnes Dr Suite 100 SMPD Blue Santa Gift Wrapping Volunteers are needed to wrap and package toys with the San Marcos Police Department. No need to sign up in advance, just show up and bring your gift wrapping skills! Comm Serv.
11-14-Dec 4:30-11:00 pm 401 E. Hopkins Sights and Sounds Volunteers play a huge role in the festival, as it would be impossible to run such a large event without any extra help. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help in various areas of the festival. In order to access the full volunteer site and registration, be sure to create an account Comm. Serv.
January Events
10-Jan 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Ramon Lucio Park, 601 S. CM Allen Parkway Friends of Trees Trees clean our air, prevent erosion, absorb runoff, provide shade, save energy, and create healthier communities. Give 2-3 hours of service to provide some tree loving care to help keep our public trees healthy and strong. Tools will be provided. Please reserve your spot by emailing Kelly Eby at keby@sanmarcostx.gov Comm. Serv.
12-18 Jan TBD New Orleans, Louisiana SVC - Bobcat Break New Orleans Bobcat Break allows students to travel to communities and engage in service and experiential learning. This short-term trip provide an all-inclusive experience for students to give back to the New Orleans community alongside the United Saints Recovery Project. To apply to volunteer for this project, click here Comm. Serv.
18-Jan 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm McBeth Recreation Center Austin Parks Recreation - Adult Dances Volunteer duties will include setting up, selling concessions, and clean up. To sign up for this event, click here to reach out to the Recreation Program Specialist, Miranda Candia, via email. Comm. Serv.
23-Jan 11:00 am LBJ 3-5.1 FSL 101

This 1 hour officer training will cover general information about FSL, paperwork requirements, website/resources, CAAP, Civic Engagement and more. All officers are welcome - It is recommended that Presidents, Vice Presidents, Social Chairs, and Risk Mgmt. attend. 

 
23-Jan 2:00 pm LBJ  Academics 101 This 1 hour officer training will include an introduction to campus resources, tips on how to create an academic chapter environment, how to support all members academically, information on the grade reports, and more. All officers are welcome - it is recommended that Academic/Scholarship Chairs, New Member Educators, and any executive officer overseeing those positions attend.    
25-Jan 4:00 pm Strahan Area Greek Challenge Basketball The FSL Programming Board is partnering with Athletics once again for the Greek Challenge! The organization from each council with the best attendance over the spring games will win $2,500 for their chapter!  
28-Jan 2:00 pm LBJ 3-3.1 Civic Engagement 101 This 1 hour officer training will define the three parts of Civic Engagement, dispel common misconceptions, review resources, completing and submitting paperwork, and more. All officers are welcome - it is recommend that Community Service Chairs, Philanthropy Chairs, Membership Education Chairs, and any executive officers overseeing those positions attend.  
29-Jan 11:00 am LBJ 3-3.1 Academics 101 This 1 hour officer training will include an introduction to campus resources, tips on how to create an academic chapter environment, how to support all members academically, information on the grade reports, and more. All officers are welcome - it is recommended that Academic/Scholarship Chairs, New Member Educators, and any executive officer overseeing those positions attend.  
29-Jan 3:00 pm LBJ 3-5.1 FSL 101 This 1 hour officer training will cover general information about FSL, paperwork requirements, website/resources, CAAP, Civic Engagement and more. All officers are welcome - It is recommended that Presidents, Vice Presidents, Social Chairs, and Risk Mgmt. attend.  
29-Jan 4:30 - 6:30 pm LBJ 3-10.1 Order of Omega - Time Management Workshop This leadership workshop will cover time management in leadership and the importance of building confidence in yourself and help new chapter leaders and any juniors/seniors who are about to graduate and enter the professional work field. To RSVP for this event, click here.

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30-Jan 11:00 am LBJ 3-3.1 Civic Engagement 101 This 1 hour officer training will define the three parts of Civic Engagement, dispel common misconceptions, review resources, completing and submitting paperwork, and more. All officers are welcome - it is recommend that Community Service Chairs, Philanthropy Chairs, Membership Education Chairs, and any executive officers overseeing those positions attend.  
30-Jan 4:30 - 6:00 pm LBJ 3-13.1 ELA Workshop The primary objective of the Emerging Leaders Academy is to help members develop necessary skills to become a leader on this campus while having the opportunity to meet and work with other future campus leaders. Check back for more specific topic details. Advance sign up is recommended but not required for attendance. To learn more, click here

Ed. Prog./ Lead. Dev.

30-Jan 5:00 pm LBJ 3-14.1 FSL 101 This 1 hour officer training will cover general information about FSL, paperwork requirements, website/resources, CAAP, Civic Engagement and more. All officers are welcome - It is recommended that Presidents, Vice Presidents, Social Chairs, and Risk Mgmt. attend.  
30-Jan 7:00-9:00 pm LBJ 3-3.1 SVC - Bobcat Acts of Kindness Kick off the semester by doing some community service with SVC. Details TBD. Comm. Serv.
30-Jan 7:00 pm Strahan Area Greek Challenge Basketball The FSL Programming Board is partnering with Athletics once again for the Greek Challenge! The organization from each council with the best attendance over the spring games will win $2,500 for their chapter!  
February Events
1-Feb 2:00 pm Strahan Area Greek Challenge Basketball The FSL Programming Board is partnering with Athletics once again for the Greek Challenge! The organization from each council with the best attendance over the spring games will win $2,500 for their chapter!  
1-Feb 4:30 pm Strahan Area Greek Challenge Basketball The FSL Programming Board is partnering with Athletics once again for the Greek Challenge! The organization from each council with the best attendance over the spring games will win $2,500 for their chapter!  
6-Feb 4:30 - 6:00 pm LBJ 3-13.1

ELA Workshop

The primary objective of the Emerging Leaders Academy is to help members develop necessary skills to become a leader on this campus while having the opportunity to meet and work with other future campus leaders. Check back for more specific topic details. Advance sign up is recommended but not required for attendance. To learn more, click here

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7-Feb 6:30 - 10:30 pm TBD Sweetheart's Dance Adults with Disabilities Location disclosed upon sign up. Volunteer duties will include welcoming participants, selling concessions, mingling with participants, and clean up. Register for this event here Comm. Serv.
13-Feb 7:00 pm Strahan Area Greek Challenge Basketball The FSL Programming Board is partnering with Athletics once again for the Greek Challenge! The organization from each council with the best attendance over the spring games will win $2,500 for their chapter!  
14-Feb 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Rio Vista Park, 555 Cheatham St. Friends of Trees Trees clean our air, prevent erosion, absorb runoff, provide shade, save energy, and create healthier communities. Give 2-3 hours of service to provide some tree loving care to help keep our public trees healthy and strong. Tools will be provided. Please reserve your spot by emailing Kelly Eby at keby@sanmarcostx.gov Comm. Serv.
14-Feb 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm  TBD Golden Sweetheart's Ball Location disclosed upon sign up. Volunteer duties will include welcoming participants, serving food, mingling with participants, and clean up. Register for this event here Comm. Serv.
15-Feb 2:00 pm Strahan Area Greek Challenge Basketball The FSL Programming Board is partnering with Athletics once again for the Greek Challenge! The organization from each council with the best attendance over the spring games will win $2,500 for their chapter!  
15-Feb 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm McBeth Recreation Center Austin Parks Recreation - Adult Dances Volunteer duties will include setting up, selling concessions, and clean up. To sign up for this event, click here to reach out to the Recreation Program Specialist, Miranda Candia, via email. Comm. Serv.
20-Feb 4:30 - 6:00 pm LBJ 3-13.1

ELA Workshop

The primary objective of the Emerging Leaders Academy, is to help members develop necessary skills to become a leader on this campus while having the opportunity to meet and work with other future campus leaders. Check back for more specific topic details. Advance sign up is recommended but not required for attendance. To learn more, click here

Ed. Prog./ Lead. Dev.

20-Feb 7:00 pm Strahan Area Greek Challenge Basketball The FSL Programming Board is partnering with Athletics once again for the Greek Challenge! The organization from each council with the best attendance over the spring games will win $2,500 for their chapter!  
22-Feb 4:00 pm Strahan Area Greek Challenge Basketball The FSL Programming Board is partnering with Athletics once again for the Greek Challenge! The organization from each council with the best attendance over the spring games will win $2,500 for their chapter!  
26-Feb 4:30 - 6:30 pm LBJ 3-10.1 Order of Omega Workshop Order of Omega is a Greek honorary that hosts workshops and trainings meant to develop chapter leaders and chapter members who are about to graduate or enter the professional workplace. Check back for more specific topic details. To learn more, click here.

Ed. Prog./ Lead. Dev.

28-29 Feb TBD LBJ Student Center Leadership Institute Annual Conference The primary purpose of the Leadership Institute Annual Conference is to bring together students to learn leadership skills, engage students in values-based activities that foster personal leadership development. To learn more, click here Ed. Prog./ Lead. Dev.
March Events
5-Mar 4:30 - 6:00 pm LBJ 3-13.1

ELA Workshop

The primary objective of the Emerging Leaders Academy is to help members develop necessary skills to become a leader on this campus while having the opportunity to meet and work with other future campus leaders. Check back for more specific topic details.Advance sign up is recommended but not required for attendance. To learn more, click here

Ed. Prog./ Lead. Dev.

21-Mar 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm McBeth Recreation Center Austin Parks Recreation - Adult Dances Volunteer duties will include setting up, selling concessions, and clean up. To sign up for this event, click here to reach out to the Recreation Program Specialist, Miranda Candia, via email. Comm. Serv.
25-Mar 4:30 - 6:30 pm LBJ 3-10.1 Order of Omega Workshop Order of Omega is a Greek honorary that hosts workshops and trainings meant to develop chapter leaders and chapter members who are about to graduate or enter the professional workplace. Check back for more specific topic details. To learn more, click here.

Ed. Prog./ Lead. Dev.

26-Mar 4:30 - 6:00 pm LBJ 3-13.1

ELA Workshop

The primary objective of the Emerging Leaders Academy is to help members develop necessary skills to become a leader on this campus while having the opportunity to meet and work with other future campus leaders. Check back for more specific topic details. Advance sign up is recommended but not required for attendance. To learn more, click here

Ed. Prog./ Lead. Dev.

28-Mar All Day LBJ Student Center Fraternal Values Summit The inaugural Fraternal Values Summit (FVS) is a day-long conference for the fraternity and sorority community with dynamic speakers and presenters from across the nation, as well as several presentations from faculty, staff, and alumni from right here in Texas! Ed. Prog./ Lead. Dev.
30-Mar-4 Apr All Week TBD Philanthropy Week The FSL Programming Board will be hosting the second annual Philanthropy Week in Spring 2020! Chapters will have the opportunity to come together for a week of events to highlight and support one another's causes. Click here to learn more information about Philanthropy Week. Comm. Serv.
April Events
4-Apr All Day Bobcat Stadium Bobcat Build Bobcat Build serves as the largest service project on campus. Students volunteer their time to complete various service projects throughout the community such as landscaping, painting, or clean-ups at residents' homes, local schools, parks, churches, and neighborhoods. Click here to learn how to sign up to volunteer for Bobcat Build. Comm. Serv.
16-Apr 4:30 - 6:00 pm LBJ 3-11.1

ELA Workshop

The primary objective of the Emerging Leaders Academy is to help members develop necessary skills to become a leader on this campus while having the opportunity to meet and work with other future campus leaders. Advance sign up is recommended but not required for attendance. Check back for more specific topic details. To learn more, click here

Ed. Prog./ Lead. Dev.

18-Apr 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm McBeth Recreation Center Austin Parks Recreation - Adult Dances Volunteer duties will include setting up, selling concessions, and clean up. To sign up for this event, click here to reach out to the Recreation Program Specialist, Miranda Candia, via email. Comm. Serv.
29-Apr 4:30 - 6:00 pm LBJ 3-10.1 Order of Omega Workshop Order of Omega is a Greek honorary that hosts workshops and trainings meant to develop chapter leaders and chapter members who are about to graduate or enter the professional workplace. Check back for more specific topic details. To learn more, click here.

Ed. Prog./ Lead. Dev.