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Meet the Mission is organized and sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, under the leadership of Sr. Walter Maher, and is held every September. This year, a large number of faculty, staff, and students participated in the planning and staging of the event.

This year was the 9th Annual Meet the Mission. It was dedicated in memory of Sr. Dot Ettling.  It was by all accounts a successful effort to introduce students to the culture of service at the University of the Incarnate Word.  We had nearly 300 participants in MTM, including 49 faculty/staff members and 2 administrators (this was approximately the same number of participants as last year). 

We sent 25 teams out to serve with 23 agencies, including 5 new community partners (The Park at Sutton Oaks, H.I.S. Bridge Builders, Ella Austin Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, KLRN, and The Neighborhood Place).

Plans for 2015

  1. Next year will be the 10th anniversary of Dr. Harold Rodinsky’s founding of MTM. It would be a good year to dedicate the day to him.
  2. Visitation House and the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center would like to participate as service sites next year.
  3. Request the appropriate number of UIW shuttles (approximately five shuttles and/or school buses) in May or June for service all day of the 2015 Fall Meet the Mission Day.  Precise itineraries for each shuttle/bus can be finalized by Labor Day.  Vans can be requested to meet transportation needs that cannot be met with UIW shuttles or VIA buses.

  4. Add a second wave “Mission of Grace and Redemption” so students who sign up for a first wave mission and oversleep can still come and participate.
  5. Offer the option of web sign ups for volunteers:
    1. Automatically generate hold harmless and service hour forms ready for signature
    2. Offer the option of e-mail and/or text message reminder for volunteers
  6. Move to a “card swipe” sign in like at the pool and the gym, so team leaders and organizers will instantly have data on volunteers reporting in. We want a sign in system that works quickly and efficiently, and captures everyone who participates.
  7. Develop web forms for signing up agencies requesting service projects.  Agencies can fill in the form themselves, or UIW representatives can fill in the forms while talking with a representative over the phone.  With multiple UIW representatives contacting different agencies, information was sometimes incomplete or reported in different spread sheet columns, and there was a time lag between a UIW representative gathering information and that information being available to the rest of the organizers.  Web forms will allow for immediate updates of a central data base and prompt agencies to supply all needed information.
  8. We had to stop at several Bill Miller restaurants to pick up our breakfast order.  We need to investigate other options so breakfast can be provided at the most reasonable cost and convenience.
  9. We still have a tool storage problem.  Most paint tools and supplies are stored in the basement of Bonilla Science Hall, but this area is open to many staff and faculty.  Craig McCarron has stored some of the tools in his office and at his home to avoid theft of expensive tools.

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Read the Final Report for Meet the Mission 2014 here.