Dec. 21, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 50

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UTHSC employees help make city beautiful

DESCRIPTION OF PHOTO Pamela LeLand, Teleconference Network of Texas, gives a trash can at Brackenridge Park a fresh coat of paint.

Long before the holidays arrived, Health Science Center employees already were spreading goodwill. More than 60 employees participated in the United Way Days of Caring event in October. They volunteered their time and energy to help keep San Antonio parks clean, safe and enjoyable for local families.

Employees armed themselves with paintbrushes, trash bags, rakes, brooms, gloves and other tools to clean up Brackenridge Park, Rittiman Park and the Botanical Gardens.

"The volunteers spent several hours of their time on two separate days picking up trash, painting picnic tables, and in general, just working hard to make the parks clean and beautiful," said Molly Hartshorn, administrator in the department of family and community medicine and this year's Health Science Center United Way Days of Caring volunteer coordinator. "It was a joy to see our folks working side by side, enjoying themselves while providing a service that benefits so many people every day."

Cappy Rodriguez, medical dean's office, painted park benches, garbage cans and bleachers in the softball field at Brackenridge Park.

"Volunteering was a very rewarding experience for me because it made me realize how often we take for granted the hard work and time that goes into making our parks such beautiful places to spend time with our families," Rodriguez said.

Joe Ocampo, distance learning/telehealth division, academic informatics services, also helped paint and sweep at Brackenridge Park.

"Being a native of San Antonio, I grew up enjoying picnics with my family," Ocampo said. "So I know the importance of a safe and clean park. It was wonderful to see Health Science Center employees team up with employees from other local organizations and companies to not only provide a much-needed service, but to actually be a part of helping make picnicking in the park a memorable experience for families just like their own."

The United Way Days of Caring is an annual event that links companies and institutions with non-profit organizations throughout the city. This is the fourth year employees from the UTHSC have participated.


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