On Saturday, March 28, 2015, nearly 4,000 Texas State students, faculty, and staff plan to rise early and give back to the community they love by volunteering at over 250 jobsites in the San Marcos region. This will be Bobcat Build’s 13th annual event, and the number of volunteers, as well as job sites, continues to rise. The program has grown to become the 2nd largest student-run, student-led service project in the state of Texas!
Bobcat Build is a one-day project organized by the Bobcat Build Planning Committee, a student organization of approximately forty students housed in Student Involvement at the LBJ Student Center. In the words of Noragene Green, a woman who has participated as a jobsite recipient, “Bobcat Build is an amazing service event that impacts homeowners in a way that sometimes makes them cry with joy. It touches their hearts.”
The program started as a way for the students to thank the community for allowing our University to continue to grow in the beautiful city of San Marcos. Now the program is the second largest of its kind in Texas. Each year, new volunteers and returning participants line up to join us on the day of Bobcat Build.
Dean and Sandra Cherer, whose house was a jobsite for the first time last year, hadn’t before heard of Bobcat Build. “These students came to our home and demonstrated respect, a wonderful attitude and desire to work hard,” the Cherer’s said. “It was such a pleasure to be surrounded by young hard working volunteers!” The Cherer’s are looking forward to working with Bobcat Build again this year.
Our volunteers play a crucial role in the success of Bobcat Build. Student organizations and anyone who is a student or employee at Texas State University is invited to take part in this great day of service.
The work completed at job sites include painting residential homes, yard work, outside beautification, working with non-profit organizations, and much more. Our goal this year is to obtain over 250 jobsites with 4,000 volunteers. That being said, we need to find eligible jobsites in the community! If you are interested in becoming a jobsite please apply on our webpage listed below or pick up a paper copy at the San Marcos Library. We consider all applicants that are residential, educational, and non-profit (churches, fire stations, police stations, food banks, etc.).