MEDIA ADVISORY: 2,000 Volunteers Expected at the 15th Annual Project on Saturday

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Feb. 19, 2014

When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Holly Street Neighborhood, with kickoff at Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach; headquarters at Martin Middle School. Click here for map of area.

Background: More than 2,000 University of Texas at Austin volunteers are expected to participate in The Project, one of the largest one-day student-run service events in the nation. Established in 1999 by the Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement (LCCE) at UT Austin, The Project is the annual culmination of a 12-month partnership effort involving UT student volunteers, city government departments, community organizations and local businesses.

The 15th annual Project will include 129 different projects to be completed by volunteers at 24 worksites throughout the Holly Street/East Cesar Chavez Street neighborhoods. The goal for this year’s event is to assist low-income residents, elderly residents and veterans with individual home repairs and improvements in order to combat the effects of the swift gentrification of the area.

Community partners include the Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department, Austin Parks & Recreation, Downtown Austin Community Court, Solid Waste Services, Keep Austin Beautiful, University Federal Credit Union, The Home Depot, all of the neighborhood organizations in the selected community, area school representatives and several other organizations.

For more information about individual worksites and recommended sites for filming and interviews, contact Mario Rodriguez, Project Media Coordinator, 956-325-9989. Media headquarters is at Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

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