Community Engagement

Stampede of Service

Once per semester, OSCIE 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. During service days, our office works 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. 

This year our office is excited to partner with The Office of Alumni Relations to connect current students, staff and faculty to our local SMU Alumni! 

Stampede of Service
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

If you are an SMU Alumni, please click HERE to sign up by October 4th at 5:00 pm. 

If you are an SMU student, faculty or staff, please click HERE to sign up by October 10th. 

Take a look at the incredible Community Partners we will be working alongside for the 2018 Stampede of Service! 

SPCA of Texas
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas with two shelters in the area and serves as an active resource center providing an array of programs and services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. Volunteers will be deep cleaning the mobile units, cleaning kennels/pods, cleaning windows inside and outside the building, building and collapsing crates, different behind the scenes tasks.

Paul Quinn College We Over Me Farm
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. Volunteers will be planting, harvesting, weeding, and completing other seasonal farm tasks as needed, and as time allows 

Lake Highlands Community Garden
LHCC is a community sharing love for organic gardening and learning from each other. They focus on growing food for local banks and maintaining our specialty gardens, Volunteers will be working in the donation garden that cultivates produce for the Food Pantry. Specifically, volunteers will preparing planting beds and planting broccoli and collards.

Austin Street Center
Austin Street Center has specialized in caring for the most vulnerable homeless men and women in Dallas. Beyond meeting basic needs, Austin Street is committed to individualized care for each person who comes to us for help. The project that volunteers will be doing is to help clean the cots that our guests sleep on every night. Over 400 individuals seek shelter with us here at Austin Street Center every single night!

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. Volunteers will help with a Fall Festival by preparing and serving food, helping with the games, assisting children in and out of the bounce house and have a fun day playing and building relationships.

Hope’s Door New Beginning Center
The mission of Hope’s Door New Beginning Center is to offer intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by intimate partner and family violence and to provide education programs that enhance the community’s capacity to respond. The group would be helping clean and sanitize toys and hard surfaces in our children's play area and helping organize our donation room.

St. Philip’s School & 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. Volunteers will assist with preparing the garden beds for planting as well as plant seeds and seedlings in aquaponics starter beds and ground beds.  They will also help with clearing away weeds and debris from the front and sides of the garden lot

Heart House
Heart House is a non-profit that serves refugee and underprivileged children in the Vickery Meadow Community through addressing social emotional health and education. Volunteers will be in charge of running the stations at the Health Fair as guests rotate throughout them, engaging both students and families along the way. This is a great opportunity for volunteers of all background to interact with and better understand the journey of the refugee through service learning

Our Mission 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.

Tyler Street Manor
Tyler Street is senior adult service with the mission of providing safe and affordable housing and programming to the residents while enhancing their social, physical, and spiritual well-being. Stampede of Service volunteers will assist with installing a rock garden by clearing brush and removing smaller vegetation to prepare the garden.

For more information about Stampede of Service, please contact Brittany Barker