Center for Social Concerns

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    Founded in 1988 and inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, the Center for Social Concerns equips students and campus colleagues to engage with Gannon’s communities, both local and global, through purposeful service, exploration and action for the common good.

    Alternative Break Service Trips

    Alternative Break Service Trips take students to sites both domestically and internationally for a period of service and mutual cultural exchange over academic breaks.  The trips are based on four pillars: service, simplicity, community, and reflection and are led by trained student leaders with support from faculty and staff.  Students and faculty/staff interested in going on a trip can read more about trip options and obtain application information on our blog.

    Advocacy and Awareness

    Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 

    Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a national event sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.  Advocacy, educational, and service events are planned by OPEN, a student-led campus group. To get involved with OPEN or learn more about H&H Week events, check out our engageU page.

    Interfaith Initiatives

     We are proud to spearhead Gannon’s commitment to interfaith cooperation in partnership with the Interfaith Youth Core. Learn more about founder and president Eboo Patel’s message to Gannon and keep up-to-date with our initiatives.

    Community Service

    GIVE Day

    GIVE Day is Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere.  Over 1,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gather to volunteer in the Erie-GAINS neighborhood, the city of Erie, and cities across the country.  This gives Gannon students the opportunity to be present in their community, meet real needs, and support our community partners.

    Day of Caring

    Day of Caring is part of the United Way's Days of Caring every spring.  Gannon encourages and facilitates students to participate in this national service event.

    Community Corps

    Community Corps is Gannon’s premier service pathway. This is the ideal experience for a student who wants to start to get involved with service in a long-term, sustainable, but still approachable way. Students who participate in Community Corps have the opportunity to choose one of two pathways: Table Corps, which has service experiences to help alleviate hunger in Erie, and Tutor/Mentor Corps, which sends Gannon students to work with children in the city of Erie. Community Corps sets up the volunteer opportunities, trains students, and provides transportation; students volunteer at least three times in the semester and get integrated into the work of the community partner. For more information, check out our blog or join us on engageU.

    Post-Graduate Service

    Post-graduate service opportunities are advertised, encouraged and celebrated in collaboration with Campus Ministry and the Office of Service-Learning.  If you are interested in exploring post-graduate service opportunities, please contact Laura Goble, director of the Center for Social Concerns, at 871-7433, to set up an appointment for one-on-one advising.  In the meantime, check out our resources!