DALLAS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Parker University closed its campus last Friday, September 20, to send more than 500 Parker students, faculty, and staff out to volunteer for more than 2,000 cumulative hours at charitable organizations in the North Texas community. The volunteer initiative, Parker Serves 2013, was created by the university’s new president, Dr. Brian McAulay, in lieu of a traditional president investiture ceremony.
“From the North Texas Food Bank to the YMCA to donation and resource centers, it was a joy and an honor to see and hear of the service, compassion, and hands-on philanthropy exhibited by Parker ambassadors throughout the entire North Texas community”
In higher education, the investiture ceremony is a hallmark event for a new president - a chance to formally accept the role as leader of the institution. Instead of participating in a formal investiture, Dr. McAulay established one day a year where Parker University provides selfless service and community volunteer efforts.
Parker University senior student interns and chiropractic faculty members provided chiropractic adjustments to clients at Dallas LIFE, a homeless shelter.
“I was in so much pain before I got adjusted today,” said Alberta Dade, Dallas LIFE client. “They gave me the treatment that I needed, and I’m so grateful for them coming out to provide this to us.”
Parker students and employees also organized donations as well as prepared and served meals at Dallas LIFE. Monica Alonzo, Dallas City Council Councilwoman from District 6, also joined in the volunteer efforts at Dallas LIFE.
“I think it’s important for everyone to know all of the things Parker is doing in the community outside of providing education to students,” said Alonzo.
In addition, Parker University students and employees also volunteered at North Texas Food Bank, Educational First Steps, Goodwill Industries, Promise House, Resource Center of Dallas, Mission Arlington, Park Cities YMCA, and other charitable organizations.
The volunteer effort also received recognition from the state of Texas. Parker University received a letter from Texas Governor Rick Perry stating, “I commend Parker University for its dedication to giving back to its community, and I thank you all for your compassion and hard work.”
Parker Serves also inspired numerous Parker alumni, friends, and colleagues to hold volunteer projects across the United States.
“From the North Texas Food Bank to the YMCA to donation and resource centers, it was a joy and an honor to see and hear of the service, compassion, and hands-on philanthropy exhibited by Parker ambassadors throughout the entire North Texas community,” said Dr. McAulay.
The university will continue Parker Serves as an annual event held during the week of September 18, in honor of the day that the first chiropractic adjustment was performed in 1895.
About Parker University
Dallas-based Parker University is one of the world’s leading educators of health and wellness professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. Parker University also awards additional health sciences degrees online and on-campus. For more information about Parker University, visit www.parker.edu.