About The GIVE Center
The GIVE Center serves as the volunteerism clearinghouse empowering students to make a difference by linking them to the needs of our community. Through this center Georgia College students, faculty and staff become involved in campus wide, local community, national and international volunteer efforts. We offer volunteer opportunities in twenty different categories. We challenge our campus to put their "paws on a cause."
The GIVE Center serves to engage individuals in experiences which not only "prepare a student for a career but for life as a citizen;" we will achieve this by inspiring individuals, One at a Time, to leave their legacy through volunteerism, leadership and collaboration. (quote taken from 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, for this reason that they created The GIVE Center. When it began The GIVE Center started out of a single red basket. By the fall of 2001 The GIVE Center, had grown into a center with several offices and over fifteen student coordinated programs. This move proved to be vital in the center's history. During the next four years the center would grow to over fifty student-coordinated programs.
In the fall of 2005 Paul F. Sedor II was hired as the center's first Assistant Director. As a recent Georgia College graduate, Paul assisted The GIVE Center in using 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. Through this collaboration, our students were able to benefit from shared resources and bridge the gap between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.
In the current year Georgia College offers over 90 student coordinated programs and serves over 3,000 student volunteers. Through personal contact with individual volunteers and organizations, The GIVE Center was able to track over 50,000 certified volunteer hours during the 2011-2012 academic year.
The GIVE Center was chosen by The Templeton Foundation as a college that encourages character development through our service programs.
The GIVE Center currently works with Baldwin High School as a satellite program. As a satellite, we provide assistance to high school students who are beginning their journey as service leaders. Some of the service we provide include:
- Tracking Database for logging service events and hours
- Training and workshops for student Service Leaders
- Mentorship program with a college Service Leader
- Development of service programs and events