Frank Duran

Project MOVE: UTEP Volunteers Work Together, Serve El Paso

Frank Duran
Project MOVE: UTEP Volunteers Work Together, Serve El Paso

Approximately 1,000 members of the Miner Nation participated in The University of Texas at El Paso’s ninth annual Project MOVE (Miner Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences) on Feb. 24, 2018, at about 50 borderland sites and beyond. 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends cleaned, patched, painted, landscaped, organized and performed other duties for dozens of nonprofit agencies. 

Project MOVE was created as a community service vehicle to build camaraderie, citizenship, leadership and volunteerism within the UTEP family. An associated goal is to introduce participants to different parts of the community, and the diverse agencies that serve it and its residents. 

In one case, an interdisciplinary group of 20 volunteers from UTEP’s Student Support Services Program painted the inside and outside of a Lower Valley home and cleared debris from the property owned by a disabled veteran and his wife. 

“It was fun and humbling,” said Chris Favila, a junior mechanical engineering major. “At the end of the day, we were tired, but we felt as if we had accomplished something. We made a difference.” 

This year’s event also included some out-of-town alumni groups in Texas, Maryland and Colorado who coordinated their own community service projects. - Daniel Perez