TTUHSC El Paso Students to volunteer time, talents During MLK Day of Service

Students from the Foster School of Medicine, the Hunt School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will volunteer at a number of community service events throughout El Paso County in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“As part of the student organization called the Community Action, Research and Engaged Service Collaboration, otherwise known as CARES, TTUHSC El Paso students organize community events that benefit El Paso and surrounding communities,” organizers shared.

“These students volunteer their time while practicing their community health skills and addressing some of the community’s needs.”

According to organizers, more than 115 volunteers from all three TTUHSC El Paso schools will participate in activities at five locations:  

Free Public Events on Saturday, Jan. 16:

A Fair Future for Montana Vista: San Juan Diego Parish, 14520 Montana Ave., Noon to 4 p.m. 

Families are welcome for a drive-through food distribution from the comfort of their vehicles. All individuals must wear face masks and keep their windows rolled up when possible.

Project Good Apple, 1 to 3 p.m.

Clint Independent School District and San Elizario Independent School District high school students and their families can participate in an interactive nutrition webinar to learn how to make a healthy after-school snack and on-the-go breakfast.

Events on Monday, January 18:

El Paso Pen Pals

Students will help battle isolation by connecting with senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Letters will arrive for seniors on Jan. 18. This activity is conducted in partnership with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe.

Color Out COVID-19, 10 a.m. to Noon 

Volunteers and children will spend time coloring and learning about how they can take care of themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will be hosted virtually with the following daycare partners: Bumble Bee Learning Center, Arcoiris Development Center and CriCri Learning Center.

Canutillo Can Do Wellness: Canutillo Middle School Parking Lot, 7311 Bosque Road, Canutillo, Texas, Food Drive 9 to 11 a.m.

The community is invited to take care of their wellness needs with a drive-through food distribution in the morning.

TTUHSC El Paso encourages a philosophy of service education, a form of teaching that encourages meaningful community service.