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 2020-2021

Service Hours Report

The total amount of volunteer hours logged on Pioneer Engage for the 2020-2021 Academic Year was 13,260 hours and 41 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 $299,655.03.

Types of Volunteering & Causes

TWU student went above and beyond with the amount of volunteering that 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 a mostly virtual PCDS. A majority of the sign-ups were for passive virtual volunteering with some in-person options. A total of 61 students (13 in-person and 47 virtual) volunteered & logged their hours on Pioneer Engage. In total, 97 hours and 25 minutes of service was logged.

Communities Impacted/Types of Volunteering

For this year’s Pioneer Camp Day of Service, we created various virtual opportunity for students to volunteer throughout the entire day, instead of a set amount of time. The
opportunities are as listed:

Zooniverse: Online crowd led research.

  • Every Name Counts
    • Volunteers entered the names of those who suffered and died in the largest online archive on Nazi persecution through a Zooniverse Research Project.
  • Seal Watch
    • Through Zooniverse, volunteers helped monitor populations of seals across the world by tagging time-lapse and drone photographs.
  • Maturity of Baby Sounds
    • Students helped classify various recordings of baby sounds to understand the first stages of language learning.
  • Gravity Watch
    • Help scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory search for gravitational waves, the elusive ripples of spacetime.

7 Cups: Students became trained volunteer listeners and were able to help talk through people’s concerns anxieties.

Smithsonian Digital Volunteering: Helped the Smithsonian Museum with a variety of different digital tasks.

  • ○ Transcription Volunteer
    • Helped make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible.
  • Wikipedian Volunteer
    • Help edit, enhance, and create new articles for the Smithsonian wikipedia page.

There were also a limited amount of in-person opportunities, mainly campus clean-ups spread throughout the Denton Campus.

Helping Hands Service Ambassadors

Helping Hands Service Ambassadors planned 157 different events for the 2020-2021 academic year. Despite mid-year turnover, we kept a full Executive Board by
the end of the year and recruited a full board for the next year!


Through the 157 different events, Helping Hands was able to make an impact with the following organizations/communities:

  • 1 CP Physical Therapy
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Bookshare
  • 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 State Supported Living Center
  • Hearts for Homes
  • Keep Denton Beautiful
  • Keep Grapevine Beautiful
  • North Texas Food Bank
  • OUCH Orthopedics
  • Plano Community Gardens
  • Refuge for Women
  • Serve Denton Lake Dallas Elementary
  • Shiloh Fields
  • Tarrant County Food Bank
  • Team Rubicon
  • The Trevor Project
  • TWU DSS (Virtual)
  • TWU Pink Promises
  • TWU Risk Management
  • World Wildlife Foundation
  • Youthline (Virtual)
  • Zooniverse


A majority of these opportunities were virtual, which proved to have consistent attendance from members. The impact and popularity of these events has led us to create a volunteer project position on the executive board specifically for virtual volunteering.

Pioneer Service Scholars

Out of the 53 members of the program, 49 completed their service hour requirement. $48,000 of stipend money was awarded to Pioneer Service Scholars. A total of 3,017 Hours & 52 Minutes were served by our students.

Types of Volunteering

Participants volunteered at 29 different service sites:

  • 7 Cups (Mental Health)
  • Amazing Grace Food Pantry (Food Insecurity)
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters (Mentoring/Child Care)
  • Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian (Mental Health)
  • C7 Human Trafficking Coalition (women’s Health/Advocacy)
  • Casual Cat Charities (Animal Needs)
  • Crisis Text Line (Mental Health)
  • Dallas Pet Alive (Animal Needs)
  • Denton Animal Support Foundation (Animal Needs)
  • Denton Community Food Center (Food Insecurity)
  • Denton County Friends of the Family (Women’s Health/Advocacy)
  • Denton Pregnancy Resource Center (Women’s Health/Advocacy)
  • Feeding My Starving Children (Food Insecurity)
  • Hope Tutoring Center (Mentoring/Education)
  • Houston Methodist Hospital (Medical)
  • Noah Dietician (Health)
  • North Texas Food Bank (Food Insecurity)
  • Opening Doors (Immigration/Advocacy)
  • Our Daily Bread (Food Insecurity/Homelessness)
  • Project Gutenburg (Research/Education)
  • Refuge for Women (Women’s Health/Advocacy)
  • RISE Texas (Civic Engagement/Advocacy)
  • Rockwall Adoption Center (Animal needs)
  • Tarrant Area Food Bank (Food Insecurity)
  • Taste Project (Food Insecurity)
  • Twice as Nice (Women’s Health/Homelessness)
  • TWU Care Office (Food Insecurity/On-Campus Resources)
  • W.A.R.M. (Food Insecurity/Homelessness)
  • Zooniverse (Research/Education)

Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day wasour first ever fully virtual service day. 18 student organizations attended the event bringing with them 126 volunteers! A total of 346 hours & 30 minutes were served by these volunteers.

Types of Volunteering

For our first ever “All-Virtual Service Day” we provided participants with the following virtual volunteering opportunities:

MLK Day of Service

This year, the Center for Student Development and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach wanted to encourage students to engage in an educational event that would help them understand social issues and concepts with a plan of action on how to make an impact.

This service-based event consisted of working groups led by facilitators on respective topics and collaborative group planning of how to actualize the concepts in the community.

Topics included:

  • Civic Duty
  • Food Insecurity
  • Homelessness
  • Intent vs Impact
  • Mental Health


A total of 81 students attended and formed plans of action for various topics.

Alternative Spring Break

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this year’s trips were local, non-overnight trips in the Denton Community:

  1. Non Profit Showcase
  2. Childcare Resources

For the 2 trips, there were 15 students total that attended the entire week of service. Participants served a cumulative 300 hours across the week.


During this year’s non-overnight trips, participants volunteered at the following sites:

  • Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding
  • Denton Explorium
  • Hearts for Homes
  • Shiloh Field

Big Event

In an evolution from Pioneer Camp Day of Service, we had two separate check-ins and types of Big Event: in-person & virtual. This was our most attended
Big Event yet with 145 total attendees. A total of 560 hours were served by our volunteers.


Big Event 2021 was our first ever “Hybrid Service Day”. Students volunteered at the following mix of virtual & in-person service sites:


  • Keep Denton Beautiful
  • TWU Campus Clean-Up
  • TWU Butterfly Gardens
  • Hearts for Homes


  • Zooniverse
  • ZSL Instant Wild
  • Borman & Evers Park Elementary Card Making
  • Project Implicit

Page last updated 4:23 PM, April 1, 2022