This Weekend Gannon University Gives Back to the City Of Erie

Posted: April 15, 2016

More than 400 Gannon University students, alumni, members of faculty and staff and their families areexpected to volunteer throughout the Erie community for United Way of Erie County's Day of Caring on Saturday, April 16. The rally will kick-off at 8 a.m. in the Hammermill center and volunteers will begin work at their sites starting 9 a.m.

The community-wide event will find volunteers at sites throughout the city. Gannon University volunteers will focus their efforts on the neighborhood surrounding campus that is the object of the Erie-GAINS (Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) initiative.

A special emphasis of the Day of Caring effort in 2016 are projects associated with Our West Bayfront, a new community initiative to enhance the quality of life in Erie's West Bayfront neighborhoods by promoting civic involvement, thoughtful development, historic preservation and neighborhood pride. Members of the Gannon community will be cleaning up and beautifying the neighborhood and performing simple upkeep tasks on homes in the area.

"Day of Caring is great because it allows students to participate in service, not just with the Gannon community, but across Erie in partnership with the United Way." said Sara Nesbitt, program assistant at Gannon's Center for Social Concerns, who is coordinating the Gannon effort. "We're truly part of the Erie community."