Head Into the Streets for a day of service

Into the StreetsUAB's semi-annual Into the Streets event will take place Saturday, March 8 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Those who wish to participate should meet at the Campus Recreation Center at 8 a.m. to sign up and enjoy breakfast.

Into the Streets is a student-led day of service that inspires the UAB student body to participate in multiple community service projects around the Birmingham area. Students are allocated into groups, and then sent to different service sites designated as areas of need by UAB and other nonprofit organizations.

Approximately 450 student are expected to participate, volunteering at 16 different sites. The largest site will hold 150 students. Those students will be painting murals to be placed around the Birmingham community. The painting of the murals will take place on the UAB Campus Green. Other volunteers will be cleaning, working in a community garden, preparing food packs, visiting with residents at a nursing home, and helping organize storage units. The projects will be at various nonprofits throughout Birmingham.

UAB students trim vines from a fence during an Into the Streets service projectStudents are encouraged to arrive promptly at the Rec Center by 8 a.m. to sign up for a site, as groups will depart for their volunteer sites between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.

The volunteering projects will conclude at noon, then students will return to campus for lunch.

Participants should come prepared to work hard, which includes some cleaning and painting. Students should wear clothes they do not mind getting dirty. Wearing closed-toe shoes is always a plus, too.

There will be two Student Life vans that will take students to two of the sites, but most students are responsible for their own transportation and are encouraged to carpool to the sites.

The next Into the Streets event is anticipated for late October of 2014.

For more information, see the Civic Engagement website or contact Hannah Davis, Coordinator of Civic Engagement.