Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students will converge on six sites this Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to noon, to give back to the El Paso community during their Corazon de Oro (Heart of Gold) Service Day.
Medical students already do community service at numerous sites throughout the year, but according to Maricarmen Stout, one of Corazon’s organizers, this is the first year they have decided to get as many students as possible focused on giving back to the community on one day at multiple services sites—now known as Corazon de Oro Service Day.
Students will volunteer with the El Paso Zoo, Habitat for Humanity, El Paso Humane Society, Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, Special Olympics on Ft. Bliss, and the Lower Valley Health Fair.
Students involved are from the Student Government Association, and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. They hope to make a large impact and show the community how much they appreciate their support. The students will volunteer at the various sites during the morning and will then return to the school for a picnic event to share their projects with others and celebrate making a difference in the community.
The students hope to expand the event in the future to include faculty, staff and the students of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.