Give Back: Volunteer On GSU Cares Day
Georgia State students, faculty and alumni are setting aside time on Saturday, March 8, to give back to the Atlanta community in the second annual GSU Cares event.
The Georgia State Alumni Association organized the first GSU Cares event last year as part of the university’s centennial celebration. The inaugural event matched up 370 Panthers with 20 organizations in need of volunteers, ranging from homeless shelters and child-care centers to animal shelters and parks.
The event has evolved to include some student organizations and corporate alumni groups such as the group at Home Depot volunteering to take on entire projects. As Georgia State’s alumni network grows, organizers say they’d like to start similar events in other cities across the U.S. and internationally.
Alumni Programs Coordinator Whitney Meyer said participating Panthers get a lot out of the event, even if they’re used to volunteering with friends or co-workers.
“So many times we have all these different groups randomly going one place one week, then another place the next week,” Meyer said. “But with GSU Cares, students, faculty and staff, Panther fans, anyone who loves Georgia State, can be a part of something bigger, all at the same time. And they feel a stronger connection both to Georgia State and to their community.”
This year’s GSU Cares will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 8.
To sign up for a volunteer opportunity, contact Whitney Meyer at 404-413-1443 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find a list of projects and an online registration form at www.pantheralumni.com/gsucares.