Annual Days of Service
Orientation Day of Service during Freshman Orientation in August
Each fall the incoming freshman class volunteer together at locations across Atlanta for Orientation Day of Service. All students are invited and required to participate in service projects at various nonprofit sites throughout Atlanta. Students are placed at locations based on their First Year Seminar course topics. This year nearly 300 students volunteered at 15 nonprofits.
Atlanta Day of Service in October
Fifty million people in the United States, including 20% of Georgians, don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Addressing two of our key focus areas, Homelessness and Hunger and Environmental Stewardship, approximately 60 OU students volunteered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank at the Georgia World Congress Center as part of AARP Community Day for our Atlanta Day of Service 2013. Volunteers sorted donations to make 100,000 meals for the community. An additional 30 students volunteered at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve whose mission is to preserve, explore and share nature in an urban community. Volunteers performed maintenance along trails, including staking edging logs where needed, spread wood chips throughout, and installed marks on the trail system to mark continuation of the trail across the roadway.
MLK Day of Service in January
Focusing on Health and Wellness, Hunger and Homelessness and Environmental Stewardship a record number of 135 volunteers performed a total of 603 hours of service at the following 8 nonprofits for the 2014 MLK Day of Service: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Families of Disabled Adults and Children, International Rescue Committee Atlanta, Mercy House, Open Hand, St. Vincent de Paul Chamblee Thrift Store, Sheltering Grace Ministry and Volunteer Decatur.
OU Day of Service in April
In 2013, our 4th Day of Service for the academic year involved nearly 160 students, staff and alumni volunteers. More than 140 OU students worked at 5 nonprofit sites: Drew Charter School where they had a play day with 130 kindergarten students; Blue Heron Nature Preserve – trail maintenance; Open Hand – prepared and packaged meals; Park Pride Brookhaven – beautification, erosion control and removal of invasive species; and the Oglethorpe Brookhaven Community Garden where they removed weeds and planted vegetables.
See all upcoming volunteer opportunities on the A_LAB calendar.
If you cannot participate in Oglethorpe’s Annual Days of Service, there are still ways to get involved. Ongoing opportunities with the Center include regularly volunteering for academic, service and cultural enrichment programs for Drew Charter School students in grades K-10, mentoring and tutoring PATH Academy students in grades 5-8, working in the OU-Brookhaven Community Garden, participating in a Civic Engagement Dialogue, sorting food items at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and numerous other opportunities to collaborate with our community and education partners.
To sign up for these and other opportunities, or to speak with someone about how you can apply your passion for service in a way that fits your schedule, come visit the Center for Civic Engagement in the A_LAB, or contact us online.