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Projects

Community Service

Each member of Orange Jackets are required to participate in 2-3 small service projects each semester. These small service projects, called ‘optionals’ are organized by the Vice President of Service. During the school year, there are 10-15 different service opportunities posted for OJs to squeeze into their school schedule. Most of these volunteer opportunities support other organizations on campus or non-profits in Austin. This past semester, Orange Jackets have worked with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Pancakes for Parkinson’s, Best Buddies, Texas Blazers, Explore UT, Girlstart, SURE walk, and many others. If you would like Orange Jackets to volunteer at your event, please contact the VP of Service at volunteer.orangejackets@gmail.com

Settlement Home

Our primary philanthropy is The Settlement Home for Children, a home for helping abused and neglected girls. Bimonthly, roughly 15 members visit with the girls at the home to play outside, do crafts, and serve as role models to encourage the girls to go to college. We have a few other visits throughout each month focused on a specific learning goal. These include personal finance, exercise, healthy eating habits, and resume writing. Settlement Home girls hold a special place in the heart of OJs and we are always looking to donate more and give them more of our time. To learn more about The Settlement Home, go to www.settlementhome.org.

Major Service Projects

Capture the Forty Acres

In the fall of each year, Orange Jackets hosts Capture the 40 Acres (CT40A), a university-wide benefit and capture-the-flag tournament. All proceeds go to The Settlement for Children, an Austin help facility for children and teens, with whom Orange Jackets volunteers frequently.

 

Texas Tea

An annual event dedicated to recognizing female leadership and their contributions to the community.

 

Week of Women

Week of Womem (WoW) began as a Tappee project and quickly turned into an annual tradition. Each spring, Orange Jackets hosts a week of events to honor women centered around the theme of “Inform, Empower, and Celebrate.”  Issues concerning body image, workplace inequality, political empowerment of women, sex and sexual assault, women in popular culture, and feminism are all discussed during the week.  WoW’s purpose is to educate the university community on issues that affect women and to honor the great women in our society.

Tappee Projects

Each year the new Tappee class is required to complete a year long service project. This project is meant to serve either UT or the Austin community. Each class is made of unique individuals and the projects are reflective of their individual perspectives. To see a running list and description of past Tappee projects, click here!

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