The GC GIVE Center is celebrating its 750,000th hour of service, with 17,525 student volunteers giving back at the campus, community, state, national and international levels.
Junior Alli McKnight, an education major, completed the 750,000th hour in a Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) planning meeting. McKnight serves on the outreach committee for BCM and is a part of the Council for Exceptional Children.
McKnight said her favorite volunteer service through the GIVE Center is tutoring for Communities in School at Oak Hill Middle School. She said this is a special opportunity for her because it relates to her field of study, and she enjoys working with the young students.
McKnight has also seen firsthand how college students’ volunteering impacts the community in a positive way.
“With Georgia College being placed in one of the most economically disadvantaged areas in the state of Georgia, it gets me pumped to see that college students are trying to change that in any way they can,” McKnight said.
Senior Kendall Stiles, director of community engagement at GC, said the GIVE Center’s milestone of reaching 750,000 hours of service says a lot about GC as well as the community. She said GC students have been giving back to the community for over 20 years.
“Reaching the 750,000th hour will be the equivalent of about 17.5 million dollars in economic impact, so that’s huge for the surrounding community,” Stiles said.
The GIVE Center includes thousands of volunteers from different campus organizations. These organizations often hold special events to raise money for the school, the local community and even national and international communities.
The on-campus Fraternity and Sorority Life organization which volunteered the most hours is the service sorority Gamma Gamma Sigma, whose members volunteered a total of 60,114 hours.
The service organization that volunteered the most hours is GC Miracle, with 11,416 hours. Out of all the registered student organizations, Young Life has the most, with 34,700 hours. The campus program with the most volunteer hours is Community and School Based Mentoring, with 76,650 hours.
And the special event that accumulated the most volunteer hours is the Dance Marathon, a 12-hour lock- in bene ting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, which has accumulated 50,902 volunteer hours.
On the international level, 77 Georgia College students have volunteered 1,478 hours in other countries.
“I am continuously amazed at our students’ dedication to service,” said GC President Steve Dorman. “Not only are they making a difference during their time in college, but their impact leaves a lasting impression both locally and beyond through the many organizations they work with. This is an amazing accomplishment for the GIVE Center, its staff and all the students over the years who have worked to make a difference in the world.”