By Aaronnette Jackson
August 17, 2011
The Emory WorkLife Resource Center is joining sponsorship with many other distinguished organizations on and off campus to bring Emory Cares International Service Day to Atlanta on Saturday, November 12th. The annual event is one of the signature programs of the Emory Alumni Association and has increased its participation since it was created in 2003.
Emory Cares Day originally began as an event for alumni, but participation expanded over the years to include increasing numbers of undergraduate students, but has found some difficulty attracting the attention of current faculty and staff. The WorkLife Resource Center hopes to change this by promoting the event directly to the faculty, staff, and graduate students at Emory and combine it as an opportunity for them to invite their families to join them and participate in National Family Volunteer Day, which is celebrated in November as well. Through Emory Cares Day, alumni chapters across the country and around the world coordinate and lead a wide range of service projects that benefit their home communities. Emory Cares is one of the University’s most widely recognized means for furthering its mission of serving humanity.
We are working closely with our co-sponsors and are looking for faculty and staff interested in being a Project Lead (PL). Each PL receives guidance and assistance from the Emory Alumni Association and Volunteer Emory, with coordinating their project and keeping up with volunteers assigned to them.
In the past, event projects have taken place at the Atlanta Community ToolBank, the NAMES Project (AIDS Memorial Quilt), Medshare International, the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta, Project Open Hand, and Global Soap Project, outdoor projects in public parks & recreation areas, reading to the elderly and many more.
For more information on being an Emory Cares Day Project Lead contact Katherine Gregory, at (404) 727-3741.