Volunteer Summary

Check out everything the TWU students, staff, and faculty accomplished through volunteering and civic engagement! Click on a section to get a detailed look at the amount of hours, specific events, and communities impacted!

TWU Civic Engagement 2021-2022

Service Hours Report

The total amount of volunteer hours logged on Pioneer Engage for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, August – May, was 8,714 hours and 38 minutes.

Based on volunteer wage of $22 per hour set forth by The Federal Agency of Service & Volunteering the monetary impact of these volunteer hours was $191,721.93.

Types of Volunteering & Causes

TWU students went above and beyond with the amount of volunteering they did! Their volunteering ranged from fundraising & virtual volunteering to education & in-person volunteering.

Here are some of the different causes that they volunteered for:

  • Advocacy
  • Animal Needs
  • Arts & Culture
  • Child Care
  • Civic Duty
  • Elderly Care
  • Environment
  • Family Services
  • Food Insecurity
  • Health & Wellness
  • Homelessness
  • Immigration
  • Medical
  • Mental Health
  • Mentoring
  • Outreach
  • Research
  • Schools
  • Social Justice
  • Veterans
  • Women’s Health

Pioneer Camp Day of Service

This year we had an in-person on-campus PCDOS. A total of 62 students volunteered & logged their hours on Pioneer Engage. In total, 97 hours and 25 minutes of service was logged.

For this year’s Pioneer Camp Day of Service, we created various on-campus opportunities for students to volunteer.


Students volunteered at the following sites:

  • DIY Dog Toy Making
  • Keep Denton Beautiful
  • TWU Butterfly Gardens
  • TWU Campus Affirmation Chalking
  • TWU Campus Clean-up
  • TWU Health & Wellbeing

Helping Hands Service Ambassadors

Helping Hands Service Ambassadors highlighted 137 community events for the 2021-2022 academic year. The organization began hosting in-person events again this year and received a Student Government Association award for hosting the “Event of the Year” for their work on the Big Event. Additionally, our Vice President for Service Days was awarded a Redbud Award for her work on service days and creating community connections.


In highlighting 137 different community events in addition to hosting their own, Helping Hands was able to make an impact with the following organizations/communities:

  • American Heart Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Blue Sky Therapy Riding
  • CASA of Denton
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center
  • Crisis Text Line
  • Denton County Friends of the Family
  • Denton Explorium
  • Denton Lovepacs
  • Denton Independent School District
  • FreeKibblee
  • FreeRice
  • Hearts for Homes
  • Keep Denton Beautiful
  • North Texas Food Bank
  • Refuge for Women
  • Shiloh Fields
  • St. Jude
  • Tarrant Area Food Bank
  • The Trevor Project
  • Twice As Nice Resale
  • World Wildlife Foundation
  • Zooniverse

These opportunities were a mix of in-person opportunities as well as virtual opportunities, which proved to increase our event accessibility and engage our student body. By hosting hybrid events, we have realized the increased reach we have in engaging students, therefore we have decided to continue having a Vice President of Virtual Volunteer Projects as well as two Vice Presidents of Service Days.

Pioneer Service Scholars

In the fall, there were 46 students admitted into the Pioneer Service Scholars Program (PSS). Out of the 46 members of the program, 29 completed their service hour requirement. In the spring there were 57 students admitted into PSS and 46 completed their service hour requirement. Due to remaining funding, we have been able to also offer a summer PSS program that will end in early August.

With fall and spring semesters combined, $37,500 was awarded to students in the PSS program. It is predicted that students in the summer program will receive $11,000 in stipends. 


1,607 service hours were completed by the PSS in the fall and spring which equals a monetary contribution of $48,155.61 based on volunteer wage of $22 per hour set forth by The Federal Agency of Service & Volunteering. These hours were spread amongst 23+ service organizations in the Denton-Fort Worth community and virtually.

Participants volunteered at 29 different service sites:

  • American Red Cross
  • Be My Match
  • Blessing Boxes
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • City of Denton Animal Shelter
  • Courthouse on the Square Museum
  • Crisis Text Line
  • Denton Community Market
  • Denton County Friends of the Family
  • Denton Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Emily Fowler Library
  • Explorium Denton: The Children’s Museum
  • Greyhound Adoption League of Dallas
  • Hearts for Homes
  • Interfaith Ministries of Denton
  • Journey to Dream
  • Loreto House
  • Make A Wish North Texas
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Opening Doors
  • Our Daily Bread
  • Parents Helping Parents
  • Project Gutenburg
  • Refuge for Women
  • Silverstone Hospice
  • Smithsonian Digital Archives
  • Tarrant Area Food Bank
  • Three Oaks Hospice
  • Twice as Nice
  • TWU Care Office
  • Zooniverse

Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day was the first service day we have been able to host in-person and virtually since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. This event served as a great transitional service day! We had students who volunteered virtually from their own homes, virtually together in our computer lab, and in-person across campus. We had 93 students participate in service with a total of a total of 372 hours of service.

Types of Volunteering


  • Adopt A Spot: Trash pick-up along Mingo Road at TWU’s adopted road
  • Campus Clean-Up: Walk around campus assisting in cleaning up outdoor spaces
  • Chalking: Chalk encouragements for students as mid-terms approach


  • Birthday Cards: Card making for the different populations they serve!
  • Free Rice: Answering free questions for rice to be donated to countries in need!
  • Project Implicit: Cognitive research into implicit biases.
  • Smithsonian Museum: Transcribing various art records.
  • Zooniverse: Community-led research projects!

MLK Day of Service

This year, the Center for Student Development and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach collaborated to host a march to Denton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center. There, we gathered with community members to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King.

First, students gathered at the TWU fountain to create signs reflecting on Dr. King’s teachings. Then, together we all walked to the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center. There were 43 students who gathered for this event.

Alternative Spring Break

This year we were able to host three Alternative Spring Break trips. Nineteen students participated in the overnight trips and 12 students participated in the local trip. 

  • Denton, Texas
  • Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas
  • Van Buren, Arkansas

Denton, Texas

Our Daily Bread, Shiloh Field, and the Salvation Army – Mobile Food Pantry served as the sites for the local trip. Students attended a half-day of service at each site where they focused on food accessibility within Denton. 

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas 

Students who attended this trip volunteered with park rangers to help maintain trails and complete small construction projects. The trip had a focus on environmental stewardship and place-based knowledge.

Van Buren, Arkansas

Students who participated in this trip engaged in two different service experiences. The first 2 days of the trip students worked with a FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member at their local elementary schools to assist with garden upkeep and garden expansion projects focused on food security. The second service experience was based in New Blaine, Arkansas at Shoal Creek Camp. Shoal Creek Camp serves low-income children with summer camp experiences and our students were able to assist in camp upkeep projects.


Participants served a cumulative total of 1,860 hours in these communities. Through their experiences, students experienced changes in their understanding of civic engagement. Our assessment tool showed that there were 11 statements our students experienced strong to moderate changes in their thoughts between the pre-trip survey and post-trip survey of 16 questions.

Big Event

Big Event 2022 was our first fully back in-person service day since the covid-19 pandemic. We did still have virtual options for service to ensure we were accessible to all students. We also partnered with the Office of Alumni Engagement to expand the event to also have sites in Plano and Fort Worth.


This was our most attended Big Event with 213 participants. In total, 852 hours of service were completed. Students volunteered at the following mix of virtual & in-person service sites:


  • Blue Sky Therapy
  • Denton Independent School District – Paloma Creek Elementary
  • Hearts for Homes
  • Keep Denton Beautiful – Event Support for Great American Clean-up
  • Keep Denton Beautiful – Trash Pick-up
  • Shiloh Field
  • Twice as Nice Resale
  • TWU Butterfly Gardens
  • TWU Campus Chalking
  • TWU Campus Clean-Up


  • Card Making
  • Project Implicit
  • Zooniverse
  • ZSL Instant Wild

Page last updated 4:06 PM, July 20, 2022