On October 15, the University of Dallas kicked off its annual tradition- Charity Week. The week long community event is a series of different programs aimed at raising funds for designated charities chosen by the student organizers. This year, proceeds from the week will be going toward two different Texas charities- Guide Dogs of Texas which helps provide the visually impaired with guide dogs at almost no financial cost, and Rays of Light which is a provider of respite care to Dallas families with children who have special needs. “These charities align well with our UD mission to respect all life because they minister to the disenfranchised and their caregivers in essential, practical ways.” said Charity Week committee co-chairs Lim and Christensen in an email earlier this week to the UD community.
The events throughout the week offer students creative ways to give back to their Dallas community. The week will include Glow-In-the-Dark Capture the flag, a “UD’s Got Talent,” a karaoke night, and a 5K race- just to name a few! To participate in each event, students must contribute a small financial donation. This event is a great example of Catholic college students living out the Call to Family, Community, and Participation. Catholic Social Teaching urges all to participate actively in their community and society and to strive toward the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. The University of Dallas’ Charity Week not only helps students care for those in their greater community of Dallas, by offering ways to support these charities, but it also provides a great opportunity for students to grow in their own understanding of community as they participate and have fun together.