University of Georgia Staff Council

Opportunites for Community Involvement

These are philanthropic endeavors that UGA staff are personally involved with.
If you would like to have an organization posted here, please contact the Staff Council Communication Committee at www.uga.edu/ugasc/suggest.html

A great resource is HandsOn Northeast Georgia ( http://handsonnortheastgeorgia.org). They have a database that lists all volunteer projects by date. You can also search by certain criteria (good for families, good for seniors, etc). Their web site handles event registration, it's a pretty cool system. Two weeks ago we did a clean-up project at Sandy Creek that had some folks out in canoes picking up garbage around the lake.

Athens Area Homeless Shelter: 620 Barber Street, Athens, GA 30601, 354-0423 www.athensareahomelessshelter.org
Athens Critter, Everything Animal in Athens, GA: www.athenscritter.com/
Athens Tutorial Program: Provides one-one-one after school tutoring for children at risk of being school drop-outs. Needs volunteer tutors and school supplies (see the wish list on their web page). www.uga.edu/atp
Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia: www.bhrg.org. They always have available Bassets for adoption and are a great organization. They sometimes have puppies, but being an experienced dog owner myself, puppies are not for everybody! They take a ton of work and there are so many young and older Bassets that need homes and adjust really well in their forever homes. They are wonderful with children. I have 3 Bassets and am a volunteer for this group, so if you would like more info. just email me directly at angieholliday@yahoo.com. Thanks. Angie Holliday & Angela Briley abriley@UGA.EDU
This program provides sacks of food to children who are in jeopardy of not having enough to eat during the weekend. The program is a cooperative effort between the Junior League of Athens and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
http://www.juniorleagueofathens.org/athens/npo.jsp?pg=projects&article=513
Habitat for Humanity: www.geocities.com/athenshabitat/
Kids' Chance: Kids' Chance is a non-profit organization started by attorneys in the Workers' Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia to assist children whose parents have been catastrophically injured or killed on the job. Kids' Chance provides scholarships to finish high school, attend a vocational technical school and/or college. Several students have and are attending the University of Georgia with Kids' Chance scholarships. The program has been so successful that many other states have adopted it. The Kids' Chance web site is www.kidschance.org and anyone can participate in this worthwhile cause
MOAS - Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter: www.moaspets.org/

Our Daily Bread: Our Daily Bread Kitchen is a soup kitchen offering hospitality and feeding persons in distress. It operates the five working days of the week at noon from the dining facility in the Oconee Street United Methodist Church. There are 26 churches representing 9 denominations, as well as individual volunteer groups who help in buying , preparing and serving food. The kitchen program is our ?flag ship?. Other services branch off from it. www.emmanuel-athens.org/Data/Outreach_Agencies/ourdaily.html

Project Safe: Project Safe Project Safe Inc. offers comprehensive services in order to reduce incidents of domestic violence and increase victims’ access to safety and justice. These services can be grouped into four main areas: Prevention & Education, Crisis Intervention, Ongoing Support and Systems Change. "http://www.project-safe.org/"

PAX: The Program for Academic Exchange is a non-profit educational organization that promotes and arranges international student exchange to foster the positive development of the world’s young people and to support international peace, friendship, and cross-cultural understanding.

These high school exchange students come from 40 countries all around the world and are between the ages of 15 and 18. Profiles are available upon request, in order to match common interests, particularly if the host family includes high school student(s).

If you are interested in hosting a student for the coming academic year, please contact Rebecca O'Grady at 706-621-3736, or 1-800-555-6211, or visit the PAX website at www.pax.org.

Recording for the Blind: The purpose of the Georgia Unit of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic is to create opportunities for individual success by providing, and promoting the effective use of, accessible educational materials. Its vision is for all people to have equal access to the printed word.

RFB&D is located adjacent to UGA Campus at 120 Florida Avenue near the Hull Street parking deck. Volunteers should feel comfortable reading college-level textbooks, have basic computer skills, and be able to give 90 minutes a week of their time (one recording session). There are recording sessions at 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday; 1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. www.rfbd.org/Georgia_Unit.htm

Samaritan's Purse / Operation Christmas Child: Fill a shoe box for a Christmas gift to a child www.samaritanspurse.org/index.asp?section=Operation+Christmas+Child
St. Jude's Ranch for Children: Home for abused and abandoned children. P. O. Box 985, Boulder City, NV 89005 www.stjudesranch.org/

Staff Council cannot ensure that the information contained within this page or any information contained on links to other websites is accurate or up to date; nor does it assume responsibility or liability associated with participation in any of the organizations linked from here.

Last Updated on 3/31/2005

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