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Nov. 7,  2008

"Emory Cares" with an International Day of Service

Emory Cares International Service Day 2008, a core program of the Emory Alumni Association (EAA), will take place this month in more than 30 locations across the country and around the world.

The programs draws in more than 1,000 Emory volunteers for multiple community outreach and service projects, from packing toiletry boxes for foster children in Oxford, Ga., and a beach cleanups in San Diego and Santa Monica, Calif., to making crafts with young patients at a children's hospital in St. Louis and a Habitat for Humanity build in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Most service projects, including those in Atlanta and Oxford, will take place this Saturday, Nov. 8. Some cities will hold theirs on Nov. 15, and a handful of others take place throughout the month. Full information on all services projects.

In Atlanta, several of the EAA's alumni interest groups are planning service projects of their own to augment those on campus, including:

  • EAA's Atlanta Young Alumni chapter,
  • the Caucus of Emory Black Alumni (CEBA), and
  • and Emory Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA).

"Emory Cares International Service Day has grown into one of the most effective and enjoyable ways to bring the Emory community together in service," says Jennifer Hayward, EAA's coordinator for Emory Cares. "In Atlanta, we've seen tremendous response and participation from students, with more than 400 students taking part in Emory Cares in each of the past two years."

Additionally, at Oxford College of Emory University, volunteers will gather at the student center to fill and decorate shoeboxes with personal and hygiene products for children entering foster homes. The boxes will then be delivered to Division of Family and Children Services.

Emory Cares Program Founded in 2003 

The growth of the Emory Cares program has been steady since its founding in 2003 by Emory alumna Renelda Mack, then president of the Board of Governors (now known as the Emory Alumni Board). Following her lead, engaged Emory alumni in cities across the country and around the world stepped up and volunteered to lead service projects ranging from beach cleanups to home builds to staffing food banks to helping children read and much more.

In Atlanta, the EAA expanded its partnerships with student organizations and Emory units, which brought hundreds of students into the volunteer mix. This year, the campus Emory Cares partners include College Council, Emory Alumni Association, the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, the Office of University-Community Partnerships, Residence Hall Association, Student Alumni Association, Student Government Association and Volunteer Emory.

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