Tarleton Round Up accepting job site applications for community day of service

STEPHENVILLE (March 2, 2015) — Local residents, property owners and others needing a helping hand are asked to plan ahead for Tarleton State University Round Up—the university’s largest single-day service project slated for Saturday, March 21.

This year marks the 17th annual Round Up. Organizers are accepting applications until March 16 for potential job sites in the Stephenville community.

Job site applications can be found online atwww.tarleton.edu/leadership/roundup.html or request a copy from Round Up coordinator Sarah McCann by sending an email to: sw_mccann@tarleton.edu. Once completed, applications can be hand-delivered to Tarleton’s Office of Student Engagement located in Room 103 of the Barry B. Thompson Student Center, faxed to 254-968-9735, or mailed to: Tarleton State University – c/o Round Up Committee, Box T-0690, Stephenville, TX 76402. All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., March 16.

Services offered through Tarleton Round Up include window washing, cleaning and sweeping, painting, hedge trimming, dirt moving and digging, leaf raking and bagging, garden and lawn work, recycling and tire haul-off, identity theft protection and sensitive document shredding. Any job that requires the use of power tools or engine-driven equipment will not be accepted.

Tarleton Round Up is a student-led, student-initiated project held in cooperation with the city of Stephenville, Keep Stephenville Beautiful, Bulldog Shredding and Progressive Waste Solutions.

“This year we are excited to continue the tradition of assisting Stephenville residents with house and yard work,” said McCann. “Tarleton’s Round Up volunteers can do such work but residents and property owners will be asked to provide the material. We simply provide the basic lawn and garden tools and our eager students’ volunteer labor.”

Last year 752 students, staff and faculty volunteers rallied to complete 101 job sites in the community. This year the Tarleton Round Up Coordinating Committee hopes to have 1,000 volunteers complete 120 job sites.

Due to its popularity in 2014, Round Up will again offer recycling and document shredding services. A drop-off point for recyclables and sensitive documents for confidential shredding will be available on the visitor’s side (Harbin Drive) parking lot of Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium.

Tarleton Round Up will again partner with the Tarleton Environmental Society’s membership, which will host the 2nd annual Bosque River Clean Up in conjunction with the day of service. Community members, youth groups or businesses are invited to join the Environmental Society students to rid the Bosque watershed of trash and debris within the Stephenville City Park and along the Bosque River Trail.

A command center with trash bags and clean-up materials will be located at the gazebo within the city park. Volunteers may check in from 8 a.m. to noon on March 21. Society members plan to bring kayaks and several pair of waders for those willing to enter the river to retrieve trash. Volunteers are asked to bring waterproof boots, gloves, kayaks or their own waders if possible.

In addition to serving Tarleton’s home community of Stephenville, Round Up is expanding in 2015 to include the university’s outreach campuses in Waco, Weatherford and Fort Worth where students, faculty and staff will host service projects on March 21 in their respective communities.

“The Tarleton Round Up committee would like to invite all Tarleton alumni to join us in this effort,” said McCann. “Alumni residing in areas with a Tarleton campus are encouraged to sign up to volunteer with students in Stephenville and at the outreach campuses. Alumni can also complete a service project of their own on March 21 and, if they send us photos and a brief story, we will send them a 2015 Tarleton Round Up t-shirt!”

To make this service project a success, organizers are looking for assistance from individuals and businesses. “We are accepting monetary and tool donations,” said McCann. “Needed are wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, leaf or heavy duty trash bags, large brooms, dust pans, paper towels, window cleaner and basic gardening tools. All donations will be greatly appreciated.”

Donations may be dropped off at the Office of Student Engagement, or a Round Up coordinator can schedule a pick-up time.

For more information or questions, call 254-968-9256 or email sw_mccann@tarleton.edu. Volunteers and others interested in Round Up can follow the effort on social media and share their stories and photos using #TSURoundUp2015.

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