Student organization offers aid to Sonora after tragic flood

Small Texas town suffers from natural disaster

By Kierstyn Wiley
On February 15, 2019

Contributed by Kevin Reid: A student assists in painting a house for Project Spring Break.

The Student Life Organization will travel to Sonora, Texas, for Project Spring Break to help people affected by multiple floods.
“We decided to go to Sonora because it is a place where multiple students, faculty and staff call home,” said Kevin Reid, community service manager. “Whenever one of our fellow Rams is in need, we must do all that we can to help them.”
Over the past couple of months, the town of Sonora has been hit with rainfall that has damaged at least 200 homes.
Reid said Student Life is inspired to live by the ASU philosophy: “We take care of our own.” He said he wants others to remember Sonora’s recovery of the flood that took place in 2018.
In the next month, a group of students will work on many projects in home reconstruction such as: French drains, debris removal, environmental conservation, insulation removal and installation and much more.
“The application for Project Spring Break is currently live and you can access it through our website angelo.edu/service,” Reid said. “Students can also check their inbox for an email from volunteer@angelo.edu with more information and the link to the application.”
Student Life encourages students to become involved and create positive change as well as promote responsibility. 
“Our department builds experiential learning opportunities for students to take the knowledge they’re gaining inside the classroom and incorporate them into real world skills,” Reid said. “We believe in service, leadership and developing the students to better the world around them.”
Every year, there are many opportunities for students to become involved on campus or outside of school and have the chance to help those who need it most. 
“Student life has components that include community service programs, orientation programs, leadership development programs, UCPC and coed cheer and mascot,” said Claudette Ramirez, community service student assistant. “Each have something different for each student on campus to get involved with.”
Students who are interested in volunteer programs may fill out an application on the ASU community service website under the volunteer request form tab.
Individuals who want to stay updated with Student Life can join their volunteer mailing list.

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