The power of volunteers.
The GIVE Center unites Georgia College students eager to make a difference with volunteer efforts on the campus and at the local community, state, national and international levels. GIVE Center volunteers work to meet community needs in a variety of ways, creating a legacy for themselves and fulfilling the center’s mission to not only “prepare a student for a career but for life as a citizen;" (Frank Newman)
The GIVE Center was started in the fall of 1997 by Kendall M. Stiles with the help of a student, Kate Van Cantfort. These two recognized the desire of many Georgia College students to volunteer in their community and subsequently created The GIVE Center with volunteer opportunities being doled out of a single red basket. In four short years, The GIVE Center had grown into several offices and over fifteen student coordinated programs. From that point, the Center grew exponentially. In 2005, Georgia College graduate Paul F. Sedor II was hired as the center's first assistant director who introduced new forms of technology to help better serve students and agencies. In addition, the center developed a stronger collaboration with the Community Action Team for Service (CATS) which has created additional volunteer opportunities for our campus.
Currently, The GIVE Center offers over 90 student-coordinated programs, with over 3,000 student volunteers who average over 50,000 volunteer hours each year!
Pay It Forward Project
Participants do a big favor for someone, and give them the Pay It Forward tracking card, asking them to pay it forward. Each time the card is passed forward to a new person, they log onto our website and tell how they received the card. Our database tracks each entry and visitors can search for cards to see how people are paying it forward. If you have a card and would like to make an entry in our database click here.
The GIVE Center has made a profound impact on the lives of people in our community, our state, our country, and overseas, and it continues to be recognized for excellence and achievement, including the following: 1999: Award from The Templeton Foundation; 2002: Outstanding Student Learning Program from Georgia College Personnel Association; 2005: Award from Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities; 2005: Group Leadership Award from the Georgia Association of Volunteer Administrators; 2006: Earned the Governor's Hands On Challenge Grant; 2007: President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement); 2007: Governor's Hands On Challenge Grant; 2008: Governor's Hands On Challenge Grant.
The GIVE Center currently works with Baldwin High School, providing assistance to high school students who are beginning their journey as service leaders. Some of the services we provide include: A tracking database for logging service events and hours; training and workshops for student service leaders; a mentorship program with a college service leader; and development of service programs and events.