Taking Care of Lubbock
Black Student Association at Texas Tech University
The Volunteer Center of Lubbock has the opportunity to meet amazing volunteers through our From the Heart program. This program allows families, students, organizations, and other members of the community to come together and give back.
Back in September, we had the pleasure of working with the Black Student Association (BSA), a student organization on the Texas Tech Campus. This organization strives to create diversity and a safe haven for students on campus. Javon Johnson, the organization’s Community Service Chair, loves the role he plays and encourages his fellow members to give back to the Lubbock community.
“We get a deeper sense of purpose and what we were founded for… I want them to take care of Lubbock.”
After searching through needs on our GetConnected website, Javon says he found the perfect opportunity through our From the Heart program benefitting the Salvation Army. This opportunity also happened to take place the same day as the first home football game of the season, which may have caused panic for some college students.
For Javon, “It’s a blessing to be at Texas Tech and just to be here.” He believes you should always give back to the community, regardless of if it’s a game-day or not.
The group thought they would be making hygiene kits for those in need, something that Javon can relate to creating and sending as a military kid. However, upon arriving the group found out there would be a change in plans. The supplies for the hygiene kits did not arrive in time, but they would be able to help paint rooms. The students were absolutely happy to help in any way they could! The rooms in need of a fresh coat of paint are used as housing for those in troubling situations. After hearing this, the students were even happier to get their hands dirty and help. The completion of this volunteer opportunity truly would not have been possible without the Black Student Association!
We are excited to know the BSA will continue their efforts, as Javon shared he checks the GetConnected website weekly for opportunities. One of those opportunities was Make A Difference Day in October, followed by Family Volunteer Day in November! We are so thankful to have such incredible volunteers taking care of Lubbock.