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.
How The GIVE Center came to be
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. Now, 25 years later, The GIVE Center connects students with thousands of hours of service each year and leadership opportunities that shape their college experiences.
Every fall, Georgia College partners with Keep Milledgeville Baldwin Beautiful to hold GC Gives Day. All incoming first-year students are placed with over 50 organizations in the local community to serve alongside fellow students and community members.
Dance Marathon (DM) is a 12-hour lock-in benefitting the Children's Miracle Network Hospital of Macon. It's hosted by Georgia College Miracle which is is the largest fundraiser on Georgia College's campus, raising money year-round for the Children's Hospital.
Potato Drop is an awareness project that feeds roughly 130,000 people in the local community. We have 40,000 pounds of potatoes dropped on campus and volunteers will help process, bag and load potatoes for community partners.