Gannon Gives Back: Nearly 80,000 Hours

Gannon Gives Back: Nearly 80,000 HoursPosted: October 4, 2011

Gannon University continues to give back.

Students, faculty and staff contributed 79,585 hours of volunteer service during the 2010-11 Academic Year to the City of Erie and to communities nationally and internationally.

“I’m extremely proud of the University’s continued commitment to serving its neighbors,” said Keith Taylor, Ph.D., president of Gannon University. “Our Erie-GAINS program is now well established and gaining momentum and will allow us to strengthen our focus on urban development and supporting our city neighborhood on many levels.”

The majority of the University’s service hours, 66,655, were provided by students, while faculty and staff contributed nearly 13,000 hours. The hours are classified in several categories:

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In 2010, Independent Sector valued volunteer service at $21.36 per hour. Based on that rate, Gannon’s service hours are valued at nearly $1.7 million.

Beyond the hours Gannon invested in strengthening communities, the University also made more than $146,000 in direct financial contributions to individuals, agencies and organizations locally and nationally. The money was raised for the United Way of Erie County and WQLN, among other organizations, and through events such as the Gannon University Relay for Life.

In addition, students and faculty and staff donated to the community thousands of items ranging from sporting goods to prom dresses.