More than 3,000 Stampeders Expected

USF student volunteers will assist over 48 Hillsborough organizations during Stampede of Service.


Students help out in a building project. File photo. 


By Rene Svec

Special to USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2012) – More than 3,000 University of South Florida students are scheduled to visit 48 organizations throughout Hillsborough County on Saturday, Jan. 14 as part of Stampede of Service (SOS), USF’s largest annual community service project. 


Coordinated through the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, part of the Division of Student Affairs, SOS is designed to engage students with current social issues and introduce them to the importance of community service, offering an opportunity for students to give back to their community by volunteering time, skills and compassion at service sites throughout the county.


SOS student volunteers will check-in for their team assignment from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the USF Track & Field Stadium before boarding a fleet of buses for their service experience destinations. Teams will be assigned to do environmental cleanup, painting, canned food sorting, visiting the sick or elderly, and many other activities as the students spend about three hours on location assisting area service organizations.


The more than four dozen sites include the Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, the Carrollwood Care Center, Cracker County Museum, Hope Children’s Home, Leslie Peters Halfway House, the MacDonald Training Center, Metropolitan Ministries, Quest, Inc., Seniors in Service, Sulphur Springs Museum, Sweetwater Organic Farm, Shriners Hospital for Children, the Glazer Museum and Copeland Park.


First held in 2006, this student-conceived event was initiated as a tribute to the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Over the years, it has grown to become one of the most well-attended university traditions. For more information on this project, visit the website:


Rene Svec can be reached at (813) 974-5383.