April 25, 2014
Blinn College sophomore Daniel Ortega has always loved working with animals. So when he heard about the opportunity to volunteer at the Brenham Humane Services for the fifth annual Blinn Blitz, he was eager to sign up.
“I love animals and I like to do community service, so this was a perfect fit,” Ortega said.
Ortega was one of more than 100 students to volunteer for the Blitz Friday afternoon. Students spent two hours assisting citizens and businesses throughout the community with projects that included cleaning up various city parks, assisting at local churches and schools and helping residents with household chores.
“The Blitz is a great opportunity to give back to the community that does so much for Blinn College,” Service Learning sponsor Debroah Vavra said.
Blinn freshman Kassaundra Wellman was among five students painting goal posts and performing maintenance at Hohlt Park.
“I always volunteer when I can,” Wellman said. “Being out here is a great chance to help out and give back to the community.”
The Blitz is a part of the College’s Service Learning program, which combines community service with classroom instruction or student club activities, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility to engage students. Service Learning involves students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic or professional skills and commitment to their community. Since 2004, Blinn students have documented more than 372,000 hours of community service valued at more than $7.1 million by the Points of Light Foundation.
Blinn has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest accolade an educational institution can receive from the federal government for its commitment to service and civic engagement, five of the last seven years.
In addition to being named to the President’s Honor Roll, Blinn received Carnegie Classification in January 2011 from the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. That honor places Blinn among the top five percent of colleges and universities in the nation in terms of documented public service.
For more information on Service Learning, visit http://www.blinn.edu/servicelearning/.