Volunteer UGA Sustainable Service Grant
The Volunteer UGA Board of Directors issues you a challenge: push your organization to engage in sustainable service.
The Volunteer UGA Sustainable Service Grant seeks to provide funding for organizations that fulfill Athens-Clarke County community needs through hands-on service projects with sustainable outcomes. Although episodic service is beneficial for the engaging volunteer, it often does not provide a lasting impact on communities. Service that achieves a lasting, sustainable change is characterized by a commitment to a specific community need. It is service that helps the community build the capacity to succeed for months, years, or even generations. This could mean updates in community infrastructure or perhaps the development of the community’s human resources. Regardless of the project’s focus, the question is not “will we serve?” but “what will our service do?” Through sustainable service, the University of Georgia takes service to a new level of commitment and demonstrable effects, coming closer to the ideal of creating a better world.
The challenge to engage in sustainable service was originally presented to the University of Georgia and Volunteer UGA by Darren Ash, an alumnus of the University. After a successful career in the business world, Mr. Ash decided to devote his life to service. He currently functions as the Founder and Director of the Workforce Initiative for Supportive Housing (WISH) program and has served on numerous community boards that focus on homelessness awareness. Observing the impact that sustainable service has had on his community, Mr. Ash seeks to extend that to his alma mater and has generously donated this grant to foster such service.
We encourage you to reach out to community partners, to take risks, and to be creative. Here is your opportunity to make a substantial impact on our world.
Applications for the 2014-2015 school year have been closed and the grant funding has been allocated out. Please check back in August for information about the 2015-2016 application process. We have kept the link to the application below so you can review the application & process in advance.
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