February 29, 2012 5:43 AM
Katie Houck of the Tulane Center for Public Service is working hard to organize the Wave of Green day of service that will roll through City Park in New Orleans on Friday, March 16.
Houck, assistant director of student training and leadership development at the Center for Public Service, hopes to marshal 600 volunteers to plant, mulch, weed and paint in different areas of the park. Among the activities in which the volunteers will participate are clearing trails in the park’s Couturie Forest.
As part of its engagement with the community, Tulane has had an ongoing relationship with City Park for years, with the university partnering with the park on many projects and service-learning courses.
Houck has contributed her time and energy at the park at least a half dozen times. She says, “City Park is one of my favorite places to volunteer. I like working outside, and it’s always a well-managed activity. You can see the impact you’ve made at the end.”
Houck has experience mobilizing volunteers, as she and a Center for Public Service colleague also work with students to coordinate the student service day, Outreach Tulane, at the beginning of the fall semester. The center stewards undergraduate students through the Tulane public service graduation requirement.
When faculty and staff members volunteer in the community, they are setting a good example for students, says Houck. “Volunteering supports our mission of a community-engaged university in both word and deed.”
Volunteers for the Wave of Green will receive a free lunch. Each volunteer will be invited to the post-event party and will receive a ticket to the Brown vs. Green Wave baseball game that evening.
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