What is VolunTemoc?

VolunTemoc is an annual day of service organized by the Office of Student Volunteerism. The event is named after our university mascot, Temoc.

On this day, students and staff join forces with community partners to make a positive impact in the local area. By coming together to volunteer, students and staff address critical issues, provide much-needed assistance and make a difference in the lives of those around them. This collaborative effort not only benefits the community but also builds valuable skills and relationships that will last a lifetime.

Information for: Community Partners | Student Groups | Individuals

An illustration of UT Dallas Masoct Temoc surrounded by icons in a circular pattern.

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If you have additional questions or concerns, contact us at [email protected] or 972-883-6131.

Volunteers with harvest items from the community garden.

Important Registration Dates

Community and Campus Partners Needing Volunteers: Currently Open

Campus Groups who want to volunteer as a group: Friday, October 13th

Students: Friday, October 13th

Community Partners

For the event to be successful, we rely on the local community and non-profit organizations to host our volunteers. If you are interested in hosting a group, please take a moment to provide details for your project so we have a better understanding about what type of project you want to facilitate.

Ideally, we are looking for projects that can take place in two-hour shifts between 9 a.m. and noon on October 28. If you have a service project that needs to take place outside of that timeframe, please email [email protected] and we can discuss options with you.

In 2022, VolunTemoc participants:

  • Sorted through food donations and restocked pantry shelves at the Network of Community Ministries.
  • Assembled blankets for children affiliated with Project Linus.
  • Washed the transport vehicles for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
  • Cleaned out crates and bins and washed animals at the Richardson and Plano Animal Shelters.
  • Assisted the Richardson Police Department with their annual bulk shredding and electronics disposal event for community members.
  • Cleared an elder resident’s backyard to bring it up to code through City of Richardson Community Services.
  • Picked up trash along the Office of Student Volunteerism’s Adopt-A-Highway stretch of the President George Bush Turnpike.
  • Spread mulch and compost material and harvested produce at the UTD Community Garden.

Not sure if your project will be accepted? Please email us!

Community and Campus
Partners Needing Volunteers

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Community Partners FAQ

How soon can I register?
Starting in August, Community Partners will be able to register.

Is there a cost?
There is no cost associated with registering.

Student Groups

On-campus groups, both students and university departments, can serve as a unit of up to 20 participants for VolunTemoc. If your group is interested in serving, please take a moment to communicate details on your group so we can match you to a community partner project.

After receiving your response, we will send a follow-up email to inform your group about what project you have been matched with. Please understand that because we are responding to the needs of the community, we may not have an exact match for each group.

Student Groups FAQ

How soon can I register?
Starting in September Student Groups can register for VolunTemoc.

Will I need a staff member as an RUO?
Yes, each group will need a RUO (Responsible University Official), which is a UTD staff or faculty member who accompanies students to programs or events that require an RUO.

How many volunteers can register with a group?
On-campus groups, both student groups and university departments, can serve as a group of up to 20 participants for VolunTemoc.

Campus Groups Who
Want to Volunteer

Communicate details on your group on EngageUTD

Individual Registrations

General registration for individual students, faculty or staff begins October 13. Individual registration is open to anyone at UTD who is not affiliated with a student group.

Individual Students Who
Want To Volunteer

Individual Student Registration on EngageUTD

General FAQs

When should we arrive on campus on the day of VolunTemoc?
Student check-in will begin at 8 a.m. on October 28.

Will there be food?
Breakfast will be provided the morning of the event.

What if there is rain/inclement weather?
If your group has an outdoor project, the Office of Student Volunteerism will provide alternate plans.

What do I wear to VolunTemoc?
Appropriate clothes for that day will depend on the project to which you’re assigned. Please check with your assigned RUO or Site Leader.

What forms are required?
University forms are required for all participants. Prior to departure students will be given the appropriate forms to complete.

How long will the event last?
VolunTemoc lasts approximately four hours.

Do I have to pay to participate?
No, there is no cost to be involved with VolunTemoc.

Will this count for my JSOM service hours requirement?
Yes, VolunTemoc volunteer hours will count toward your JSOM service hours.