Gannon University Volunteers to Give Back to the Community

Posted: September 16, 2016

Approximately 1,000 Gannon University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community volunteers are expected to lend their heads, hands, backs and hearts during GIVE Day 2016 on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere (GIVE) Day, a one-day event of community involvement, is a highlight of the fall semester and brings together members of the Gannon University and Erie communities in the spirit of service.

For the second year, members of the Gannon community at the new campus in Ruskin, Florida will participate in GIVE Day. Faculty and staff at the Ruskin campus will volunteer at the Mary and Martha House, which provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless and abused women and children.

Additionally, Gannon University alumni will participate in GIVE Day projects in Erie and Ruskin, as well as in Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Rochester.

"GIVE Day is a well-loved Gannon tradition," said Sara Nesbitt, program coordinator of the University's Center for Social Concerns. "Students, faculty and staff get the chance to interact with each other across the community to improve everyone's experience."

GIVE DAY will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Among the most notable projects are:

  • Our West Bayfront: A signature project of Gannon's Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability (Erie-GAINS) initiative. The Our West Bayfront neighborhood, Erie Downtown Partnership and Bayfront East Side Taskforce (BEST) are teaming up to revitalize the entire downtown area.
    On Site Contact: Seph Kumer 814-453-4243

  • Beauty on the Bluffs: Beautification of the East Bayfront Neighborhood through trash pickup. Neighborhood cleanup of the bluff, Wallace Park and the railroad tracks north of Front Street.
    On Site Contact: Paige Bosnyak 814-456-1980

    For more information on these or any of the more than three-dozen projects that are part of GIVE Day, please contact Sara Nesbitt at 856-701-1109.