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UTPA’s United to Serve Project helps to build homes
By Roxanne Lerma Casares, Staff Writer
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Posted: 04/24/2012
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More than 100 students, faculty and staff rolled up their sleeves April 21 to help with The University of Texas-Pan American’s annual United to Serve initiative.

This year, the University partnered up with the Habitat for Humanity program.

The dedicated volunteers spent the day in Alamo working on three Habitat for Humanity homes.

One home was built from the ground up. The other two had landscaping and exterior and interior work done.

The helpers also planted trees at each home site to commemorate Earth Day, which was observed April 22.

This is the eighth year The University of Texas System and all 15 of its campuses have participated in the United to Serve initiative.

The project is meant to mobilize administrators, faculty, staff, and students to volunteer their time and talents to better their communities.

Held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, United to Serve enables each UT System institution to partner with a nonprofit organization and implement a volunteer initiative based on their community needs.

Pictured are UTPA students Carlos Salinas and Alejandro Palafoy.

Visit the photo gallery to see more of UTPA's involvement in United to Serve.