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Stampede of Service

Once per semester, CEL invites the campus community to participate together in a day of service to the Dallas community. Stampede of Service takes place during the fall semester, typically around Homecoming festivities. The MLK Day of Service occurs in January in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. We work with a wide range of Dallas organizations during days of service, and past projects have included organizing food and clothes pantries, cleaning outdoor recreation areas, painting and restoring shelters, building accessibility ramps for homes, and helping teachers organize their classrooms.

Stampede of Service

Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Brunch and transportation provided

Register today by filling out the Volunteer Registration Form.

We are partnering with The Assembly, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Mustang Heroes, Rotunda Academic Scholars Program and the following Dallas non-profit organizations to host this year's Stampede of Service:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas (Cedar Springs)
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas’ mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. SOS volunteers will be organizing the library and the arts and crafts station, as well as painting the game room and decorating for Thanksgiving.
  • Dallas Afterschool
    The mission of Dallas Afterschool is to improve the quality and availability of afterschool and summer programs in our community. SOS volunteers will be assembling “wonder kits” for a hands-on, after-school activity for students focusing on STEM, language arts, and fine arts.
  • Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
    Using affordable homeownership as an anchor for hope, change, and stability, Dallas Habitat has served more than 1,600 low-income families since 1986, resulting in an investment of approximately $150 million in more than 25 Dallas area neighborhoods. SOS volunteers will assist ReStore staff in all aspects of retail operations including pricing items, moving displays, organizing shelves, processing donations, and inventory control.
  • For the Love of the Lake
    For the Love of the Lake is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of White Rock Lake Park as an urban oasis and to ensure those who enjoy White Rock Lake Park actively engage in service to maintain the environment for future generations. SOS volunteers will assist in cleaning and maintaining the lake and surrounding land by picking up trash and doing various cleaning duties
  • Goodwill Industries of Dallas *
    The mission of Goodwill Industries of Dallas is to provide job training and employment to persons with disabilities and disadvantages to help transform their lives through the power of jobs. SOS volunteers will be sorting through and processing all donations to sell for funds to hire those with disabilities looking for employment.
  • Legacy Counseling Center
    For over 25 years, Legacy has been providing quality mental healthcare, substance abuse treatment, and special care housing services for people challenged with HIV and AIDS. SOS volunteers will be moving/organizing donations for homes and organizing donation drive collections.
  • Mount Auburn STEAM Academy               
    The mission of Mount Auburn Elementary is to provide an educational environment where every child develops socially, emotionally, and academically through affection, appreciation, and personal achievement. Our working relationship with parents and community will ensure that every child becomes a productive, responsible citizen. SOS volunteers will paint New Orleans-themed murals at the school.
  • St. Philip's School and Community Center
    Founded as a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, we acknowledge that next to God, an excellent education is the most effective means of developing human capital. As a 
    School we provide an unparalleled education fueled by a confluence of spirituality, self-determination and service to others. As a Community Center we provide services and resources that assist families in enhancing their quality of life. SOS Volunteers will be planting flowers, cleaning, and preparing for their 4th annual “Kidpreneur Expo.”
  • SPCA of Texas
    The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. SOS volunteers will assist in cleaning the shelter, assembling crates, etc.
  • Texas Trees Foundation
    The Foundation sustains a tree planting initiative for neighborhood parkways and medians, schools and other public open spaces, a tree growing facility to assure a healthy supply of trees for the future, and education programs to teach the importance and benefits of maintaining a healthy urban forest. SOS volunteers will paint tool sheds, mulch large areas, and prune dead wood from existing trees.
  • Voice of Hope Ministries *
    Voice of Hope Ministries exists to provide children living in the neighborhoods of West Dallas with strong character models, education support, life skills, and family support services needed to become productive Christian citizens. SOS volunteers will host families for a Thanksgiving day meal by serving the families, working as a table host, and handing out turkey baskets to families.
  • We Over Me Farm (Paul Quinn College) *
    The mission of We Over Me Farm is to transform the health and well-being of under-resourced communities in southern Dallas by providing fresh, healthy, affordable food options and by educating and empowering future generations to take better care of themselves, their environments, and their communities. SOS volunteers will plant winter crops and construct a winter crop cover.

* Denotes sites where FSL groups will be assigned

E-mail Rashad Givhan at rgivhan@smu.edu with additional questions.