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GIVE Center reaches milestone accomplishment

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January 14, 2013

During this year’s Deep Roots Festival, a community member and GIVE Center volunteer Travis Davidson discover how many germs are left after washing their hands.During this year’s Deep Roots Festival, a community member and GIVE Center volunteer Travis Davidson discover how many germs are left after washing their hands.Georgia College’s GIVE Center reached a milestone accomplishment this academic year — 500,000 volunteer hours in community service.

The GIVE Center will celebrate its accomplishment at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Maxwell Student Union on main campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“This year also celebrates the GIVE Center’s 15-year anniversary,” said Kendall Stiles, GIVE Center director. “Knowing we’ve hit 500,000 volunteer hours too is a testament that we’re still going and growing.”

The GIVE Center has tracked the 500,000 volunteer hours since opening in 1997.

“Fifteen years later, we’re continuing to make a difference in our communities,” Stiles said. “This number is a great way to track our students’ dedication to the center and surrounding area. From 1997 to now, our students have saved the area community nearly $7.1 million through volunteering efforts.”

More than 8,000 student volunteers have worked at the campus center.

Junior accounting student Graham Harwood gave the center its last volunteer hour to reach the milestone.

“It’s a pretty cool milestone to become part of,” said Harwood of Alpharetta, Ga. “Through the GIVE Center, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Milledgeville’s Have A Heart-Save A Life animal shelter. My experiences with the GIVE Center have taught me the importance of giving back and helping to make a positive difference in the lives of people here while studying at Georgia College.”

The GIVE Center is the university’s volunteerism clearinghouse, which Stiles established.

It empowers students to make difference by linking them to the needs of the community. Through the center, students, faculty and staff become involved in local, national and international volunteer efforts.

During 2011, volunteer work from the GIVE Center’s “Hands On Milledgeville” initiative, the university’s Early College and afterschool programs Youth Enrichment Services and High Achievers earned Georgia College the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year — advancing the university to the President’s Honor Roll with Distinction category.

“Since the opening of the GIVE Center, community volunteerism has been the fastest-growing student activity at Georgia College,” said Dr. Bruce Harshbarger, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “The half-million hours that our students have donated amount to roughly six hours per year for every full-time undergraduate who has attended Georgia College during the past 15 years. The GIVE Center is not only coordinating a key asset for our local community. It’s teaching an ethic of service that our students carry with them after they graduate.”

Visit gcsu.edu/give for more information about the GIVE Center.

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ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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