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 pride.

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 St.

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.