Students Make Ripples in Tuscaloosa on Community Service Day

Before hitting the books this fall, more than 500 UA students took time to give back to the Tuscaloosa community.

The annual Ripple Effect day of service is a UA tradition and part of Weeks of Welcome. Groups of students spend half the day on site at more than a dozen local nonprofit and community organizations, helping with everything from boxing food at the West Alabama Food Bank to bathing animals at the Metro Animal Shelter.

“We really want to instill a love of service and a love for the Tuscaloosa community,” said Rebecca Wilson, a team leader for the UA Center for Service and Leadership, which organized the event. “We hope they take away that love for service and want to continue to be involved.”

Here are a few snapshots from the day.