On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the Leadership San Antonio (LSA) 300 Community Service Team was thrilled to lead LSA 300 through a day of giving back to the community. The class spent the day engaged in various service projects, beginning with a collection of food donations for the San Antonio Food Bank. Each LSA 300 Team was challenged to collect 80 canned goods – and a friendly competition ensued. The winner was the Civic Engagement Team, who collected 684 pounds of food!
The day began at Pre-K 4 SA’s East Campus, where class members heard from San Antonio Chamber Chair Shaun Kennedy and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber Chair Erika Prosper Nirenberg. Both Chairs shared Chamber updates and discussed their initiatives for the remainder of their terms. The class was then welcomed by Pre-K 4 SA CEO Sarah Baray and East Center Director Tonda Brown who shared the story of Pre-K 4 SA and its impact on our city. District 2 Councilman Cruz Shaw joined as well to share a brief word of encouragement.
The class tackled various projects around the East Center campus to help further beautify the facility. From gardening to painting to assembling new structures, LSA 300 worked hard to create a lasting impact. Additionally, the Community Service Team commissioned artists Paul and Erin Garro to design a mural (aptly titled “Heartfelt Leadership”) that would serve as a legacy project, and the class put their touch on it by choosing – and painting – the colors.
After completing the projects at Pre-K, the class set off to the San Antonio Food Bank, where Chief Resource Officer Michael Guerra shared the needs of the organization. Photographer Michael Nye then presented his “Faces of Hunger” exhibit, sharing stories of those who face food insecurity every day. District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse also addressed the class. Following the presentation, the class engaged in two volunteer projects – both of which helped prepare meals for those who rely on the Food Bank. With the food donations and our service, more than 10,000 meals were provided to those in need.
Community Service Day ended back at Pre-K 4 SA, where the class was treated to a delicious meal provided by the Valero Cook Team. Incoming Pre-K families were able to tour the facility’s updates and had the opportunity to mingle with the class. Steering Committee Members Kelli Cubeta (Cubeta + Clarke) and Brandon Logan (Urban Capital Partners) surprised the Community Service Team with a proclamation from Mayor Ron Nirenberg, declaring July 18, 2018 “Leadership San Antonio 300: Community Service Day.”
From left to right: Matt Pepping (Chasnoff, Mungia, Pepping & Stribling), Ruth Morris (UT Health), Stephen Dyer (Aventine Hill Partners), Anissa Mahone (Our Lady of the Lake University), Nick Monaghan (Dykema), Lauren Mandel (Office of Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff), and Seymour Battle (Valero).
The LSA 300 Community Service Team is appreciative of all the hard work LSA 300 put in and is appreciative to everyone who helped make the day a success!