Community Engagement Programming

Aligning with the TCU Mission Statement, we strive to lead students, faculty, and staff in local, national and global community service collaborations on an organizational and individual basis.

Why We Do It

Community Engagement Programming works to foster social responsibility and lifelong learning through community-based partnerships. We provide meaningful service opportunities that prepare students to be engaged citizens and global leaders working toward impacting communities by enhancing social responsibility, increasing community engagement, and cultivating citizenship skills.

How You Can Do It

Students are invited to participate in structured community service programs such as:

TCU Day of Service is a campus-wide Day of Service that takes place once each semester at TCU. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and alumni meet on campus, then volunteer together at multiple sites around Fort Worth. TCU Day of Service is envisioned to introduce the members of the TCU community to the surrounding Fort Worth community and aims to establish ongoing relationships with local service organizations. Our mission: a TCU tradition of service, impacting the community and uniting our community.

For updates an info click here to visit our Engage page.

We value our community partners for this event to provide service opportunities to the TCU family. If you think your organization fits the criteria for TCU Day of Service. Please email erin.wilson@tcu.edu.

Alternative Student Breaks is a program that allows students to engage in service opportunities along side other students and staff. Groups travel across the country and partner with local organizations to serve their community.

Past Trips

Hurricane Harvey Rebuilding Homes 2020
March 8-13

The Hurricane Harvey Alternative Spring Break partnered with SBP in Houston to help rebuild a resident’s home that was destroyed by flooding.

Southern Service Tour 2019

March 12-15

The Spring Southern Service Tour explored three vibrant cities in the South: Little Rock, Arkansas/Memphis, Tennessee/ Shreveport, Louisiana. Trip participants worked with local partners in each city and service areas for the trip to include: Youth Services, Homelessness/Hunger Insecurity, and Community Renewal.

Break A Difference 2018

March 11-17

Break A Difference Spring Break service trip participants traveled to Galveston, Texas where they worked with Break a Difference and Rebuilding Together Houston on Hurricane Harvey disaster relief projects.

Read On is a program where volunteers provide reading support to students struggling in school. This program is through the Fort Worth ISD school system and seeks to achieve the FWTX 100×25 goal to have 100% of third-graders reading on or above grade level by 2025. Click here to sign up!

Other ongoing service collaborations and events including but not limited:

  • hunger relief
  • homelessness prevention
  • community renewal
  • domestic violence victim support efforts,
  • mural painting,
  • animal shelter service and
  • collaborating with local cultural centers
  • Boys and Girls Clubs

Take Action Impact Projects are projects that can be done individually or in a group to make a difference in the Fort Worth community. Below you will find a list of different opportunities as well as steps to take action and make a difference!

Step 1: Explore the different projects below and choose the one that meets you or your groups interest.

PROJECT 1: SAFE HAVEN

In this service opportunity you will be assisting our community partner, Safe Haven. Safe Haven is an organization whose mission is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention, and social change through providing free counseling, legal services, and case management to victims of domestic violence.

For this Take Action Impact project, you will be scooping laundry detergent into Ziploc bags so individuals can pick it up from the shelter. If you would like more information on Safe Haven you can click here.

Items you will need:

  • Plastic Ziploc bags
  • Powder Laundry detergent
  • Plastic tablecloths
  • Tables
  • 1/2 cup measuring cups

Steps:

  • Purchase the Ziploc bags and powder laundry detergent (pro tip: places like Sam’s Club and Costco sell large quantities for a great price)
  • Set up a station where people can scoop the laundry detergent into Ziploc bags (pro tip: make sure to put down a plastic tablecloth to make clean up easier)
  • Start scooping the laundry detergent into the Ziploc bags (Make sure it’s only 1/2 scoop)
  • Make sure to take pictures of your event!
  • After all the laundry detergent is in bags, you can put them in grocery bags or a large box to make it easier to drop them off at Safe Haven.
  • Fill out the event form and download the reflection guide to reflect with your group! This is located on the Take Action Impact Project home page.
  • Deliver to Safe Have.

Delivery Location:

Berry Good Buys Resale

1701 W Berry St.

Fort Worth, TX 76110

*Pull around to the side of building and someone will come out and take your delivery.

PROJECT 2: DOG TREAT PROGRAM

The dog treat/craft program we are doing today is a special opportunity for us to give back to our canine friends at both the Humane Society and Animal Hope. We will be making treats to donate to the shelters. Most animal shelters in the Fort Worth community have made it their mission to take in and save as many animals as possible in order to provide them with a new forever home. But, due to overcapacity issues, shelters are struggling to obtain the necessary funds and supplies they need to give their animals what they need to live a happy and comfortable life.

By making these small donations, we are allowing the shelters to subtract these purchases from their budget and focus on other important costs, such as animal treatments and facility improvements. It’s the small ways we contribute that can create the most impact.

For this Take Action Impact Project, you will be making homemade dog treats. These will be donated to two shelters in the Fort Worth area. If you would like more information on Animal Hope click here. 

Items you will need:

  • creamy peanut butter (pro tip: places like Sam’s Club and Costco sell large quantities for a great price)
  • oats (pro tip: places like Sam’s Club and Costco sell large quantities for a great price)
  • water
  • Table
  • Plastic table cloth
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic Spoons (to scoop out peanut butter)
  • Shape Cookie Cutters
  • Large gallon size bags

Steps:

  • Set up your station so people can get ready to make the treats ( Put the plastic table cloths on the table then tear of some wax paper to lay down to start making treats)
  • First pour some oats onto your wax paper (you can add more as needed later).
  • Add a little water to the oats and mix until the oats are damp, but not soggy.
  • Add a little peanut butter to the oats and mix together with hands until the mixture is thick and no longer sticks to your hands (you may need to add more oats to help thicken the mixture).
  • Roll and then flatten the mixture out with your hands so that it is thick enough to cute shapes out with the cookie cutters provided.
  • Make sure the treats are thick when cut out. Thin treats may break apart when moved to freezer.
  • Place in freezer in gallon size plastic bags.
  • Fill out the event form and download the reflection guide to reflect with your group! This is located on the Take Action Impact Project home page.
  • Deliver to Animal Hope.

Contact Information:

Animal Hope

6708 South Hulen Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76133

(817) 438-6371, Hours of Operation Monday-Sunday 12PM-6 PM

PROJECT 3: LUNCHES OF LOVE

In this service opportunity you will be assisting our community partner, Lunches of Love (LOL).   Lunches of Love is a non-profit organization committed to helping end childhood hunger in Fort Bend County by providing a free nutritious sack lunch during extended school holidays and weekends.

You will be decorating the lunch bags for the sack lunches with encouraging and positive messages.  If you want to learn more about Lunches of Love click here.

Items you will need:

  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Any other items you would like to decorate with (stickers, etc)
  • A box or large envelope to mail the decorated lunch bags to Lunches of Love

Steps:

  • Purchase brown paper lunch bags from the store (pro tip: places like Sams Club or Costco sell large quantities for a good price)
  • Set up a station where people can decorate the bags with fun, creative, positive images or words.  You can see examples of possible ways to decorate a bag in the youtube video below.
  • Be sure to take pictures at your event!
  • After all the bags are decorated you put them in a box or large envelope and mail them directly to Lunches of Love.
  • Fill out the event form and download the reflection guide to reflect with your group! This is located on the Take Action Impact Project home page.

Their mailing address is:

Lunches of Love

1416 Radio Lane

Rosenberg, TX 77471

For Questions : lunchesoflove@att.net

 

 

PROJECT 4: BOW DAZZLING

Bow Dazzling is a non-profit organization that was established in 2010 by a childhood cancer survivor and her mom to make and provide bows and headbands for young girls undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious medical conditions. We provide bows to young girls of all ages, from NICU babies to high school and college age girls that are receiving treatment in our children’s hospitals. The organization is based in Hurst, Texas which is centrally located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

For this Take Action Impact Project, you will be decorating hangers to clip the bows on. I have included some example pictures below. Click here to learn more about this organization.

Items you will need:

  • Flat wooden shirt hangers (prefer no cross bars for pants) (pro: Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Container store, and Amazon) * Click here to see best hangers to buy.
  • Paintbrushes (Michael’s Artist’s Loft brand has some great value packs)
  • Acrylic paint (we use a bunch of Americana brand from Michael’s in the 2oz. containers) metallic and glitter paint is good too.
  • Little cups to rinse paint brushes
  • Paper plates for paint choices (a dime size squirt of paint goes a long way on the small surface of the hanger)
  • Paper towels
  • Place for hangers to dry
  • Table
  • Plastic table cloth

Steps:

  • Spread out plastic table cloth on table and create painting station.
  • Think about what design you want to paint on the hanger. (Christmas/Winter holiday themes are good. Also any other ideas such as polka dots, stripes, flowers, etc. inspirational and complementary words are appreciated too)
  • Grab your hanger and lay it flat on the table
  • Pour you paint colors on the paper plates
  • Start painting your design! **Volunteers only need to paint one side of the hanger. The other side will be covered with glue and ribbon. The edges of the hanger do not require paint but it is ok if you want to paint it. I am attaching some picture examples below.
  • After you are happy with the hanger design, let them dry overnight. **You can just leave them on the table to dry.
  • Fill out the event form and download the reflection guide to reflect with your group! This is located on the Take Action Impact Project home page.
  • Deliver to Bow Dazzling! **I would contact Tisha Weems through Facebook to figure out a day/time to drop off the hangers. Her number is below.

Contact Information:

Tisha Weems

The best way to contact Trisha is through her Facebook page. You can search Bow Dazzling in the search box. The page should come up and you can message her.

Address For Delivery if you use UPS:

200 S. Oakridge Ste 101-717

Hudson Oaks, Texas 76087

  

PROJECT 5: NOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Alliance For Children is the children’s advocacy center serving all of Tarrant County. Since 1992, over 55,000 children have benefited from Alliance For Children’s teamed investigations and coordinated approach. Alliance For Children is a nonprofit organization that operates child-friendly centers located in Arlington, Fort Worth, Hurst and Lakeside. It is our mission to protect Tarrant County children from child abuse through teamed investigations, healing services and community education.

For this Take Action Impact Project. You will be creating positive and encouraging noted for children who have demonstrated thoughts or behaviors of suicide and anxiety. These “Notes of Encouragement” help children see they are not alone and make them realize there is people out there who are there to help them.

You can find pictures below of notes and envelopes we have received in the past. You may use these for inspiration and as examples to create your own. However, feel free to be as creative as you want with the decoration of these! You can add stickers, glitter, washi tape, or anything else you can think of. You can also create word searches or print the positive traits word searches linked below.  This is just a few examples, you can personalize cards however you like. For more information about Alliance for Children click here.

Items You Will Need:

  • Cardstock or construction paper (any color)
  • Envelopes (any color)
  • Different color markers, pens, crayons (whichever you prefer!)

Optional:

Steps:

  • Decide what color paper you want to make your card or print out the cards from the link.
  • Begin writing an encouraging message (link:  https://docdro.id/n0AfNhf)
  • Add, stickers, fun quotes, printable coloring pages..FEEL FREE TO BE CREATIVE!
  • Decorate the envelopes and place cards inside.
  • Fill out the event form and download the reflection guide to reflect with your group! This is located on the Take Action Impact Project home page.
  • Deliver cards to Alliance for Children. Please email Ayda Torres-Rogers  to discuss the best location to drop off the cards.

Contact Information:

Alliance for Children

908 Southland Ave. Fort Worth, TX, 76104

(817) 348-1109

Email Ayda Torres-Rogers at atorres@allianceforchildren.org for questions!

   

PROJECT 6: CALM DOWN BOTTLES

Alliance For Children is the children’s advocacy center serving all of Tarrant County. Since 1992, over 55,000 children have benefited from Alliance For Children’s teamed investigations and coordinated approach. Alliance For Children is a nonprofit organization that operates child-friendly centers located in Arlington, Fort Worth, Hurst and Lakeside. It is our mission to protect Tarrant County children from child abuse through teamed investigations, healing services and community education.

For this Take Action Impact Project. You will be creating sensory bottles for children who are going through court cases from suffering abuse. These “Calm Down Bottles” help calm children down when they feel angry, anxious, or upset which are all common emotions in abused children.

I have attached some example pictures below of the sensory bottles.  Feel free to be creative with the bottles. You can add beads, sequins, googly eyes, etc. to make the bottles fun! This is just a few examples, you can personalize the bottles however you like. For more information about Alliance for Children click here.

Items You Will Need:

  • Hard Plastic Bottle (Pro tip: Click here for a great cheap option).
  • Warm Water
  • Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Thickening Agent (Options for this are glycerin, clear glue, glitter glue, baby oil)
  • Beads, sequins, glitter, etc. (these are optional)
  • Super glue

Steps:

  • Find a hard plastic bottle
  • Fill the bottle half way with warm water
  • Add food coloring if desired (You can add as many colors as you like!)
  • Add your thickening medium (About 1 tablespoon)
  • Add beads, sequins, glitter, etc.
  • Add a bit more warm water but do not fill all the way to the top.
  • I would super glue the top on the bottle so there is not any spillage when the bottle is shaken.
  • Shake the bottle!
  • Fill out the event form and download the reflection guide to reflect with your group! This is located on the Take Action Impact Project home page.
  • Take the bottles to the Fort Worth Alliance for Children. Email Jamie Harton to see where the best location to drop off the bottles.

Contact Information:

Alliance for Children

908 Southland Ave. Fort Worth, TX, 76104

(817) 335-7172

Email Jamie Harton at jharton@allianceforchildren.org for questions!

 

Step 2: After your group has completed your project, it’s time to reflect! Download the Reflection Packet to facilitate reflection with your group.

Reflection Packet

Step 3: Fill out the “wrap up” form so we can get your pictures and learn about your experience!

Wrap Up Form 

Student Leadership Opportunities

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Opportunities for Faculty & Staff

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