Gannon University Volunteers Set to GIVE Back to Their Communities
Posted: September 15, 2017
More than 1,000 Gannon University students, faculty, staff and
alumni will work to strengthen their communities by participating
in GIVE (Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere) Day.
For the 20th consecutive year, the Gannon University community
will work alongside community partners and members in communities
nationwide as volunteers will report to more than 40 service sites
in Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland and throughout Erie.
In Erie, GIVE Day activities will take place at 34 locations,
including the International Coastal Cleanup at Presque Isle State
Park, the bluffs on the east and west bayfront, and at homes and
senior residence buildings throughout the community, where
volunteers will help residents.
Many of these locations will be in the neighborhoods surrounding
campus that are served by Our West Bayfront (OWB), a community
initiative co-founded by Gannon University to enhance the quality
of life in Erie's West Bayfront by promoting civic involvement,
thoughtful development, historical preservation and neighborhood
Gannon University alumni will volunteer for OWB's Neighbor 2
Neighbor Project while students, faculty and staff will work at
Strong Vincent Middle School. Strong Vincent is sponsored by Gannon
as one of five public schools in the Erie School District to
participate in the community school initiative that brings social
services like health care, dental care and after-school programming
directly into school buildings.
"GIVE Day is about more than just picking up trash," said Sara
Nesbitt of Gannon's Center for Social Concerns, which is organizing
the event. "GIVE Day is about connecting with your community - the
group you signed up with, of course, but also your Gannon Family,
the Erie area, and everyone who is impacted across the globe by the
International Coastal Cleanup and the work you do."
GIVE Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon
Among the most notable projects are:
Strong Vincent Spruce-Up - Students will paint the library and
clean and organize the trophy cabinet. 1330 W. Eighth St. On-Site
Contacts: Barbara Priestap, 814-882-6493
Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Cleanup - Rain or shine
volunteers will tend the community garden, remove graffiti and and
pick up trash in the neighborhood. 425 W. 18th St. On-Site Contact:
Angela Coustillac, 440-796-0321
Activity Day with Catholic Charities - GIVE Day volunteers
will help our new American and refugee families acclimate to U.S
culture with traditional American games and crafts. 501 E. 12th
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.