Creating healthier, stronger communities and making the world a better place is the shared mission of all public health professionals. Recently, a group of South University, Austin Bachelor of Science in Public Health students demonstrated their passion for this goal by volunteering in their city.
The students had been studying how socioeconomic factors can limit access to healthcare and affordable housing, when they decided to take action and support the Carita's of Austin local community kitchen. With nearly 20% of Austin households lacking consistent and reliable access to nutritious food, the nonprofit Carita’s of Austin helps people build physical wellbeing as they transition out of homelessness.
At Carita's, the South University students hand-prepared and served a lunch that included fruit and vegetable salad, mashed potatoes, venison meatloaf, and a sweet or savory pastry to over 250 members of the homeless community in the downtown Austin area. They were also involved in creating care packages including soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and razors. Through volunteering, this group of passionate students has helped to provide members of the homeless community a foundation upon which individuals can work toward their goal of rebuilding their lives.
Maria Munoz, Alex Wiens, Timothy Terry, Roda Kassiba, Melissa Palacios,
Eileen Meroneck, Moise Lambe, and Wilnelia Aviles—along with Dr. Claire
Stigler, full time faculty member in Public Health, and Dr. Seena
Mathew, Program Director for Public Health—participated.