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Serve Like Simmons By: Madison Stratton

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

On Oct. 17 Hardin-Simmons University will be hosting Serve Like Simmons.

It is a chance for students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families to come together in meaningful ways and make a tangible difference in the lives of others through community service. An email was sent out with a form that can be filled out to sign up. There are also flyers posted around campus with a QR code that opens up to the sign up sheet. There are five different places to pick from to serve, including Boots on The Ground, Salvation Army, Food Bank of West Texas, the Abilene Zoo and Disability Resources Inc. Each service project will last from 2-4 p.m. and students will receive chapel credits for time served. Also, the first 100 people to check in will receive a free T-shirt.

This is an amazing opportunity for students to go out into the community and serve their neighbors while representing HSU. “We call it Serve like Simmons in honor of Dr. James B. Simmons, the founder of our school, because he had a strong commitment to community service so it is like an ode to him,” student life associate Isaac Cervantes said. Serve Like Simmons not only honors the University's founder, Dr. Simmons, but it also reflects the enduring values and legacy he instilled in HSU. His dedication to community service serves as an inspiring example for all members of the HSU community.

Serve Like Simmons is an exceptional opportunity for the HSU community to come together, serve their neighbors, and embody the University's commitment to community engagement and service. This is more than just a community service event; it is a celebration of HSU’s commitment to making a meaningful difference in the community. It is a reminder that each member of the HSU family has the power to positively impact the lives of others.

“Serve Like Simmons is a great opportunity for us to give back to the community of Abilene,” Aubrey Mahar, a sophomore biology major from Colleyville, said. “Last year was a blast and I hope that more people volunter this year.”


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