Community Partners Event Reflections

#1Day4Dallas 2022 Recap

On October 29, Engage Dallas hosted the second annual Residential Commons Fall Day of Service, #1Day4Dallas. Despite being a cold and rainy Saturday morning, it did not stop students from participating in showing up bright, early, and ready to serve!

Each of the 11 Residential Commons were represented with a total of 123 students serving across nine different sites throughout the South and West Dallas communities. Participating partners included: After8toEducate, Dallas Furniture Bank, Empowering The Masses, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, Our Saviour Community Gardens, Restorative Farms, Sunny South Community Garden, The Bridge, and The Senior Source. Collectively, participants contributed nearly 500 hours of direct service to support these organizations.

From the participants’ feedback, it was evident students were happy to learn more about the purpose, vision, and mission of the community partners they served during #1Day4Dallas. For many students, this was their first time engaging in community service. #1Day4Dallas was an excellent opportunity for students to witness how our community partners’ goals align with the Residential Commons’ specific community-identified needs.

One participant in a post-assessment shared: “This was my first time ever within a senior resident center, so now I have a completely new perspective and understanding that I would not have obtained if I did not participate in #1Day4Dallas.”

Another student participant shared, “this was my first community service, and I will do it more in the future thanks to #1Day4Dallas.”

Lastly, we would like to congratulate Armstrong, Boaz, and Ware, the three Residential Commons with the highest percentage of students participating in #1Day4Dallas! 

Thank you so much to all students, faculty, staff members, and our community partners who made #1Day4Dallas possible! We invite participants to continue serving with us during our monthly service events via their Residential Commons.

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