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Alpha Phi Omega

Organization Type: General Service/Philanthropy

Purpose: The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to assemble college students in a National Service Fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop Leadership, to promote Friendship and to provide Service to humanity; and to further the freedom that is our national, educational and intellectual heritage.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-on Service

Frequency of Meetings: Weekly

Major Annual Event(s):

Advance A Rama - Fall Semester- We have over 200 boy scouts come on campus to earn merit badges. We provide logistical assistance as well as teach some of the courses.
Loop A Rama - Spring Semester. Same as Advance A Rama just a different time of year.
Athens Run For the Dogs - Fall Semester. We help set up and participate in a 5k run that helps raise money for the training of dogs provided to people in need who are handicapped.
Relay for Life - Spring Semester. Support Relay by entering a team and setting up a stall to help raise money.
Formal and Semi Formal - Formal on Spring and Semi Formal in the Fall.
Vast number of fellowships ranging from going to the World of Coke, Six Flags, Braves games, movies, etc

Interesting Fact(s): We are group that does not have a set goal other than service which allows us to branch into multiple fields and types of service rather than being stuck in a single niche. We make an effort to find event, both service and fellowship, that appeal to all type of people. In addition to our service component, we have a strong Leadership Program as well as a strong Fellowship Program. We feel having strong leaders in the Chapter make the chapter more effective and will also provide Brothers with experience and skills they can use outside the Chapter. Our Fellowship Program helps unite and create a cohesive Chapter by bringing Brothers together in a social setting to hang out. We are a Co-ed National Service Fraternity, so we take guys and girls and have a National organization comprised of over 300 Chapters.

Contact Information: apo@uga.edu
Website (Local): www.uga.edu/apo

Alternative Spring Break

Organization Type: General Service/ Philanthropy

Purpose: The mission of the Alternative Spring Break program is to engage University of Georgia students in an affordable weeklong substance free experiential service learning project that encourages an understanding of pressing social issues in a significant way.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-on service

Frequency of Meetings: meet bi-weekly

Major Annual Event(s):

Open House: Forum in which the site leaders for each trip are able to present information about their trips to interested students. Occurs in October of each year.
All-Participant Meeting: A mass meeting with the participants and site leaders for all ASB trips where the Executive Board discusses trip payment deadlines and the ASB Course. This meeting is usually the first time that participants get to meet their entire group. Occurs in November of each year.
Spring Break: A 40-hour service-learning experience for ASB participants and site leaders. Spring Break is usually the first full week of March.

Theme: Launch It. Fuel IT. Own It.

Contact Information: asbuga@gmail.com

Website (Local): uga.edu/asb


Organization Type: Children/Youth

Purpose: To catalyze socio-economic change in India through education of underprivileged children. Our local Asha chapter has 2 projects that we support--Sandya Sanwardhan Sanstha, a school for children with mental disabilities in Nagpur, and the Book Bank project, a library for kids in Narendrapur.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Philanthropy, Fundraising

Frequency of Meetings: Once a week

Major Annual Event(s): Sporting event in the Fall, a concert and an India Week in Spring. Other small fundraisers include, bake sales, events at local schools and dance lessons.

Interesting Fact(s): We are a small organization with few members and all of our members get heavily involved in all our activities.

Also we require that the projects we support provide a yearly report and a visit from an Asha for Education volunteer in order to ensure authenticity of our projects.

Contact Information: pujac@uga.edu

Website (Local): www.ashanet.org/athens

Website (National): www.ashanet.org

Autism UGA

Organization Type: Children/Youth

Purpose: We are here to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals and families affected by autism in the Northeast Georgia community through community outreach, fundraising, and awareness endeavors.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-on Service

Frequency of Meetings: Weekly

Major Annual Event(s):

Professional Panel (Fall) - The professional panel is an informational session for students on campus and those in the Athens community to learn more about what autism is and any new developments in the field.
Real Saturdays (Year-round)
- In partnership with Barnett Shoals Elementary, our organization works with families of students affected by autism once a month. Past events include a day at Pump it Up, painting, making cookies, a music therapy guest and many more!
Spelling Bee (Spring) - Our annual Presidential Spelling Bee is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Members of organizations all across campus come out to a local establishment and cheer on their president or another executive member in a spelling bee hosted by AutismUGA. Prizes are give to the top three contestants and door prizes are given periodically through the night.
Walk for Autism (Spring)
- This event is our year end celebration. We have a resource fair for parents, food, games, a live band and tons of activities for the kids. This event brings together parents and children affected by autism and the Athens community. This event is organized to promote awareness and raise support in Northeast Georgia.

Interesting Fact(s): AutismUGA has three different committees members can be a part of; awareness, fundraising and community outreach. Members can be involved in anything from babysitting for families to recruiting corporate sponsors.
The money AutismUGA raises throughout the year goes mostly to local schools. We are currently helping fund a sensory room at Barnett Shoals Elementary for students on the autism spectrum. We also support Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization that raises support for families affected by autism nationally, with a portion of our funding.

Contact Information: autismuga@gmail.com

Website (Local): autismuga.wordpress.com
Aids Walk/Run Athens

Organization Type: Health/Social Service

Purpose: AIDS Walk/Run Athens seeks to enhance the capacities of the greater Athens communities to care for those affected by AIDS and to prevent future cases of HIV and AIDS. The goals for the annual AIDS Walk/Run are (1) to raise funds for HIV and AIDS support organizations in Northeast Georgia; (2) to increase public awareness about HIV and AIDS, the impacts of HIV and AIDS on the people in our communities, and currently available local resources; (3) to unite the larger Athens and university communities in fighting stigma and promoting prevention.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Philanthropy/Fundraising

Frequency of Meetings: Meet bi-weekly

Major Annual Event(s):

Just Know Week: The week surrounding World Aids Day, December 1st, AIDS Walk/Run Athens works with the university community to raise awareness and stamp out the stigma of HIV/AIDS. Events include free rapid HIV testing, information panels, health seminars, and movie screenings.
Clips for a Cause: AIDS Walk/Run Athens organizes a yearly fundraiser to cover the expenses of the walk and start fundraising for AIDS Athens. This fundraiser, modeled after "Care Styles", which was held by AIDS Athens in the 1990's, asks stylists to donate a half or full day to cutting hair at the Tate Plaza. The proceeds go to funding the Walk/Run and supporting AIDS Athens! Walk/Run: This of event is our major fundraiser of the year. We work with HIV and AIDS advocates in support Northeast Georgia, an incredibly underfunded area. We work year round planning a walk/run that over 800 people participate in! Interested parties can either help us plan and execute the walk or start a team to raise funds. All the proceeds go directly to AIDS Athens, and since our conception, we have raised over $24,000 for them!
Interesting Fact(s): We've only been around for three years, yet are bringing in extraordinary amounts for AIDS Athens - just imagine what the future holds!

Contact Information: aidswalkrunathens@gmail.com

Website (Local): http://www.aidswalkrunathens.org

Best Buddies

Purpose: The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We do this at the college level by matching college student volunteers in mutually enriching friendships with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-on Service

Frequency of Meetings: Meet once a month

Major Annual Event(s): We have an organization meeting at the beginning of the semester and a general interest meeting as well. After we have matched new buddies, we have a matching party to spend time with your new buddy and learn about your new friend. We have several different events through the semesters including a Spring Dance, which the buddies LOVE!

Interesting Fact(s): Best Buddies is extremely rewarding! These friends will look up to you and you will become one of their best friends automatically because you are taking the opportunity to get to know them as a person, and not just to get to know their disability!

Contact Information: akemp1@uga.edu

Website Information (National): www.bestbuddiesonline.org

Bulldog Outreach to Nursing Homes and Elderly

Organization Type: Direct, Hands-on Service

Purpose: The purposes/missions of Bulldog Outreach to Nursing Homes and Elderly (B.O.N.E) are to learn about aging and aging-related issues, network with other students and professionals, take part in programs and discussions related to topics in aging, sponsor community service projects and support older people in the Athens area through volunteer activities and to support causes that influence public opinion and government policy related to aging.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Less than once a month

Major Annual Event(s): Oral History Project- Help the residents to write down their oral history. Resident photos, old and new can be included. The project will culminate in providing a written history for the resident.

Interesting Fact(s): For 2 years, we have played BINGO, made crafts, and uplifted the spirits of the Athens Rehab Community

Contact Information: bone.uga@gmail.com

Bulldawg Buddies

Organization Type: Direct, Hands-on Service

Purpose: Bulldawg Buddies is a volunteer organization dedicated to channeling volunteers to two organizations in the Athens-Clarke community, Oasis Católico and the Classic City High School. For both of these institutions, Bulldawg Buddies works hard to find tutors/mentors for the children and students of the community.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Less than once a month

Interesting Fact(s): In just its first semester at UGA, Bulldawg Buddies has attracted 70 devoted volunteers and members. Through cultivating and implementing a variety of talents, including language practice (Spanish), social and interpersonal skills and diversity awareness, Bulldawg Buddies strives to put together the best mentor team.

Contact Information: bbbs@uga.edu

C.A.R.E. at UGA

Organization Type: Children/Youth

Purpose: The purpose/mission of C.A.R.E. shall be to enable local high school students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for greater academic achievement and self growth. Our main purpose is to bridge the gap between those students who have the resources available to them and continue post secondary education, and those who do not.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-on Service

Frequency of Meetings: Bi-weekly

Major Annual Event(s): UGA Shadow Day- high school students get to shadow one of the members for a day (Fall and Spring)

Interesting Fact(s): We aim to help all the students who want/ need any additional tutoring or knowledge about post secondary education as opposed to focusing on any particular group of minority students.

Contact Information: C.A.R.E.uga@gmail.com

Circle K International

Organization Type: General Service/Philanthropy

Purpose: Circle K International (CKI) is the largest collegiate community service, leadership development and friendship organization in the world. With more than 12,000 members in 17 nations, CKI is making a positive impact on the world every day.

Circle K clubs are organized and sponsored by a Kiwanis club on a college or university campus. CKI is a self-governing organization and elects its own officers, conducts its own meetings and determines its own service activities.
CKI blends community service and leadership training with the opportunity to meet other college students around the world. Projects such as the Six Cents Initiative, CKI’s International fundraiser that aims to provide water to the 2.2 billion children worldwide who lack safe drinking water, bring CKI members together to make a difference in the world.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Bi-Weekly

Major Annual Event(s): Our major events are the little service projects we have weekly including bingo with the elderly, mentoring and tutoring within the Athens community, and environmental cleanup.

Interesting Fact(s): We pride ourselves on everyday service helping those in the Athens community!

Website (National): slp.kiwanis.org/CircleK/home.aspx

Colleges Against Cancer

Organization Type: Health/ Social Service

Purpose: American Cancer Society Colleges Against Cancer is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by irritating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities.

Strategic Directions: Advocacy, Cancer Education, Relay for Life, Survivorship

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Hands-on Service, Education, Survivorship

Frequency of Meetings: Meet once a month

Major Annual Event(s):

Breast Cancer Awareness: October- selling "boob cookies", giving out information about breast cancer, raising money for Relay for Life
Great American Smoke Out: November- National Awareness Day, giving away free cold turkey sandwiches, quit kits, information on smoking
Survivorship Banquet: Spring- Honoring survivors
Ovarian Easter Egg Hunt: Making people aware of ovarian cancer by putting facts and candy inside eggs and having an easter egg hunt on herty field

Contact Information: ugacac@gmail.com

Website (Local): www.uga.edu/cac

Collegiate Candidates

Organization Type: Children/Youth

Purpose: Collegiate Candidates is an organization designed to encourage and assist underrepresented high school students to access a post secondary education. We work with Clarke Central high school counselors to help high school minority males in their senior year to advanc0 in furthering their education.

Vision: Our job is to help ease their transition from high school to college whether it be a 2 or 4 year college. We host various workshops at their campus giving them the tools and advise they need to increase the chances of them graduating high school and taking advantage of the opportunities given at hand to further their education.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Weekly

Major Annual Event(s): Workshops held at Clarke Central High School on a bi-monthly basis include: Completing College Applications, Admission, Financial Aid/FAFSA & Scholarships, How to Prepare for an Interview, Choosing a Major, Tour of College Campus (UGA), Student Panel, Other Events: Banquet, Movie Night, Saturday Tutorials
Interesting Fact(s): Collegiate Candidates was featured on CNN.com (via iReport) and in the Red and Black (UGA Newspaper).

Contact: ccinc@uga.edu

Conscious Alliance

Organization Type: Food/Hunger

Purpose: Conscious Alliance is a 501c(3) dedicated to raising awareness about hunger through the art and music communities. Originally started in Boulder, CO, our main method of raising food entails artists donating posters to music concerts, and fans bringing cans of food to concerts in exchange for posters. With the music scene and poverty in Athens, our main goal is to provide food for those in need.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Monthly

Major Annual Event(s):

Silent Auction (local businesses donate items) – Fall, Benefit Shows (local bands play for donations) – All year, Concert Set-Up (set up Conscious Alliance booth at concerts to collect cans) – All year, Service Day at Northeast Georgia Food Bank – All year, Festival Set-Up – Summer

Interesting Fact(s): Our organization collaborates with artists, musicians, and volunteers to create a unique atmosphere where people can come together in support of the hunger crisis.

Contact: UGAConsciousAlliance@gmail.com

Website (Local): consciousalliance.uga.edu

Website (National): consciousalliance.org

Designated Dawgs

Organization Type: Health/ Social Service

Purpose: The mission of Designated Dawgs is to make the city of Athens a safer place by providing University of Georgia students and others in need with safe, free, nonjudgmental rides home.

Vision: Designated Dawgs strives to become one of the most effective and unique designated driver program in the nation through our endless dedication, our volunteer-based operations, our commitment to the safety of our community and fellow students, our focus on our values, and the constant improvement of our organization. It is our goal to become one of the most sought-after community service opportunities in Athens, as volunteers have the opportunity to make a significant and immediate difference in our community.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Less than once a month

Major Annual Events:

SRPU Conference: February, representatives from DD attend a national safe ride conference in College Station, Texas.
Gala – Spring: A silent auction/fundraising dinner for alumni, community leaders and others wanting to help the mission of Designated Dawgs. Other fundraisers vary from year to year.

Interesting Fact(s): Since 2001, Designated Dawgs has given over 60,500 rides. Designated Dawgs was S.O.A.R. Organization of the Year in 2003 and 2004. (Under the name WatchDawgs) In April 2009, we changed our name from WatchDawgs to Designated Dawgs to better express the purpose of our organization. Our sister program, CARPOOL at Texas A&M University has over 300 members and runs 15 cars three nights a week. This is our long-term goal! Designated Dawgs is NONJUDGMENTAL. We believe that it is an individual's choice whether or not they consume alcohol. This goes for our volunteers too, as long as they do not consume alcohol 12 hours before working for Designated Dawgs. Contrary to rumors, you do not have to use your own car if you volunteer. All of our cars are rented from Enterprise.

Contact Information: designateddawgs@gmail.com

Website (Local): ugadesignateddawgs.org

Forever Young Campaign

Organization Type: Children/Youth

Purpose: Forever Young Campaign is a student mentor network working to support the Clarke County Mentor Program through recruitment efforts on the UGA campus. Our mission is to find new mentors committed to being a friend to a child in a local public school. By keeping student mentors connected, we hope to maintain high student participation in a community program that is so important to the educational success of local youth.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-on Service

Frequency of Meetings: Meet once a week

Major Annual Event(s):

Information Sessions--each month, we hold an information session to introduce interested students to the Clarke County Mentor Program and to give them information on how to sign up. We highly encourage potential mentors to attend this session so that they can make an informed choice before attending mentor training at the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.
Student Mentor Consortium--during January (National Mentor Month), we aim to bring current mentors together to discuss their experiences and challenges in the program. Above all, we hope that connecting with other mentors will inspire individual mentors and allow them to brainstorm creative ways to be an effective friend.
Interesting Fact(s): In a way, being a mentor is low-commitment and high-commitment. It only takes an hour a week to be a friend, but it is important to be consistent in visiting a mentee. Youth need reliable, motivated individuals who are willing to share their time on a regular basis.

Contact Information: FYCuga@gmail.com

Website (Local): http://ugafyc.blogspot.com/

Forgotten Friends

Organization Type: Other

Purpose: Our main mission is to help raise awareness, funds, and help for local companion animals and rescue organizations.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Bi-Weekly

Major Annual Event(s): Adoption days on campus (Fall and Spring semesters), Love-a-Bull Pitt Bull Awareness (once per semester)

Interesting Fact(s): We want to help people help the animals.

Contact Information: ugaforgottenfriends@gmail.com

Website (Local): forgottenfriends.wordpress.com

Gamma Sigma Sigma

Organization Type: General Service/Philanthropy

Purpose: Our purpose is to assemble college and university students in the spirit of service to humanity and to develop friendship among students of all races and creeds.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-on Service

Frequency of Meetings: Meet once a week

Major Annual Event(s):

Bowling for Babies (fall) - bowl in teams to raise money for March of Dimes, one of our national philanthropies!
Karaoke for Kids (spring) - karaoke in teams to raise money for March of Dimes, one of our national philanthropies!
Yard Sale (fall) - selling gently used clothes to benefit The Cottage!

Website (Local): sites.google.com/site/gammasigatuga/

Website (National): http://www.gammasigmasigma.org/

Go Green Alliance

Organization Type: Environment

Purpose: The purpose of the Go Green Alliance is to encourage the UGA community to conserve energy and resources, promote recycling, and educate its community members on campus and within the Athens area, with an overarching goal of long-term sustainability. We also act as a liaison for student organizations and the student body as a whole to communicate ideas and opinions on sustainability and other environmental issues pertaining to the University of Georgia to faculty, administrators, and staff. Our final objective is to disseminate information about sustainability practices and environmental literacy to the community at UGA and the surrounding Athens Area.

Vision: The Go Green Alliance serves as an umbrella organization for its 27 member student groups. GGA events are its member's events aside from bimonthly meetings. GGA connects students to and promotes its member organizations, and its meeting-attending members work on tangible action items throughout the year.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy/ Hands-on Service

Frequency of Meetings: Meet once a week

Interesting Fact(s): GGA was partly responsible for the creation of UGA's new Office of Sustainability and entirely responsible for the implementation of the $3 'green fee'. GGA consists of 27 member organizations with environmental goals which send representatives to bimonthly meetings.

Contact Information: ugagga@gmail.com

Habitat for Humanity

Organization Type: Poverty

Purpose: To eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Vision: To eliminate and relieve the poverty rate in Athens, Georgia by helping provide housing for families in need.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Bi-weekly

Major Annual Event(s): Turkey Trot 5K, Gift Wrap Across Georgia, Act!Speak!Build! Week

Interesting Fact(s): We work in connection with the Athens Area Habitat district and have several cooperative events with them.

Contact Information: ugahabitat@gmail.com

Website (Local): uga.edu/habitat/

Website (National): habitat.org/
International Justice Mission

Organization Type: Global Issues

Purpose: International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems. IJM’s justice professionals work in their communities in 12 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Weekly

Major Annual Event(s): At the End of Slavery Documentary shown at Cine, with concert following (November), Freedom Week - series of events in a week promoting justice (November), Health Day for the Homeless, help the homeless of Athens in a variety of ways, including serving them a meal (April), Prayer night (March), Annual 5K, Jog for Justice (April) 14. Global Prayer Gathering in D.C., students travel together to attend this event put on by IJM (April), National Lobby Day - go to the state capitol and urge Congress to take action on various human slavery and trafficking issues (spring), Rally for Justice - raising awareness in Athens (Late fall)

Interesting Fact(s): We are a new and small organization on campus and hope to grow and become one of the largest.

Website (National): ugaijm.com

Invisible Children

Organization Type: Global Issues

Purpose: Invisible Children United (ICU) is an advocacy organization determined to end the longest running war in Africa. The war in Uganda has claimed the lives of thousands of children by abducting them to fight in the Lord's Resistance Army's rebel group as child soldiers, and terrorizing their families by forcing entire villages into displacement camps. Through fundraising, ICU has contributed to the re-building of Awere Secondary School in Uganda, which is now a three building institution fully stocked with school supplies, books and qualified mentors and instructors.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Philanthropy, Fundraising

Frequency of Meetings: Once a week

Major Annual Event(s):

Invisible Children "Rough Cut" Documentary screenings - The "Rough Cut" was the first documentary produced by Invisible Children. It features Invisible Children's three youthful and courageous founders traveling to Uganda to find a story. They discovered thousands of children being forced from their homes by rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army. The documentary will make you laugh, smile and cry--but above all you will discover the unseen.
Benefit Concerts: featuring student and local artists in a welcoming and soothing atmosphere. Typically set in a coffee shop, benefit concerts are a great way for musicians to showcase their talents to family and friends, while also supporting Invisible Children in its fight against child soldiering.

Interesting Fact(s): Invisible Children United was the winner of the 2008-2009 Schools 4 Schools national fundraising competition. UGA's chapter raised the most money in its cluster for its partner school in Uganda, Awere Secondary School. In part by UGA's efforts, Awere has transformed from a war-torn shack into a three building institution fully stocked with books and qualified staff. UGA's chapter is a leader in advocacy as seen by its participation in Lobby Days in D.C. and organizing "The Rescue" site in Atlanta. As a college led chapter, ICU strives to be a model to high school chapters by participating in all nationwide Invisible Children events and campaigns.

Contact Information: ICUatUGA@gmail.com

Website (Local): www.uga.edu/icu

Website (National): www.invisiblechildren.com


Organization Type: Children/Youth

Purpose: The purpose of this organization is to provide each youth with the essential skills and motivation to become successful and productive members of our global community and to aggressively and constructively counteract crime, violence, and drug use.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy

Frequency of Meetings: Monthly

Contact Information: maccfact@uga.edu

Website (National): tmac1995.org
Make-A-Wish UGA

Organization Type: Children/Youth

Purpose: To support the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama and to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Vision: To raise enough money to grant at least one wish every semester to a child in the local Athens area.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Philanthropy/Fundraising

Frequency of Meetings: Once a Week

Major Annual Event(s): Athlete Date Auction, 5K Race, Kickball Tournament

Interesting Fact(s): This organization is really tight-knit and much like a second family because the structure is small and intimate.

Contact Information: MakeawishUGA@gmail.com

Website (Local): www.makeawishuga.googlepages.com ???

Website (National): wish.org
Manna Project International

Organization Type: Global Issues

Purpose: To foster communities of young adults and encourage them to use their passions and education in service to communities in need.

Vision: To establish a global network of Manna Project communities where young adults live and work alongside one another in underserved communities to initiate positive change.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Less than once a month

Major Annual Event(s): Spring Break trip to Ecuador and/or Nicaragua

Interesting Fact(s): This is a great opportunity to use your talents as a University student and reach out to international communities both locally and globally.

Contact Information: manna.uga@gmail.com

Website (Local): manna.uga.edu

Website (National): mannaproject.org


Organization Type: Children/Youth

Purpose: UGA MATHCOUNTS Outreach aims to further the math-related interests and abilities of middle school students in the Athens community through hands-on mentoring by college students.

Vision: UGA MATHCOUNTS Outreach seeks to expand in volunteer base, number of schools, and opportunities offered in coming years.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Weekly

Major Annual Event(s):

Weekly sessions: College students go to each of the eight schools one time per week to go through MATHCOUNTS-related material with the middle school students. MATHCOUNTS Funtition: We host over 100 middle school students at UGA for a great day of relay races, speed rounds, balloon-popping fun - all in the name of math!

Interesting Fact(s): Within the past two years UGA MATHCOUNTS Outreach has expanded from two volunteers and one middle school to include over thirty volunteers at eight schools. This quick growth has been extraordinary. Another unique aspect is that our organization specifies. There are numerous tutoring, mentoring, and teaching organizations, but we focus on math. That specialization makes us somewhat unique, and important - especially in light of the greater national STEM education program.

Contact Information: ugamathcounts@gmail.com

Website (Local): elallen.myweb.uga.edu

Website (National): mathcounts.org

The ONE Campaign @ UGA

Organization Type: Poverty

Purpose: The purpose of The ONE Campaign UGA is to strengthen public advocacy efforts and to raise awareness in the global fight against extreme poverty, AIDS, and preventable diseases. Additionally, ONE @ UGA aims to fight local poverty through service. Members volunteer in the areas of hunger, homelessness, youth issues, and HIV/AIDS. Though philanthropy is not a key component of ONE @ UGA's mission, the organization does sporadically organize percentage nights and other fundraisers for both global and local causes.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Weekly

Major Annual Event(s):

UN Int'l Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17): An open event that includes a dinner, a documentary screening, and an advocacy campaign aimed at a specific issue.
World AIDS Day (December 1): In the past, ONE has commemorated this event by organizing a service project with AIDS Athens, a local organization that provides support to people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Spring service project: During Spring semester, ONE organizes a service project with a local poverty-related organization. The project usually consists of staffing an ongoing fundraiser. Guest speakers (on occasion throughout the year): The executive board occasionally arranges for guest speakers to share their knowledge and experience with the campus community. Speakers range from managers of local nonprofit groups to grassroots organizers and Washington lobbyists. Just this year, ONE was able to arrange a lecture from the Kenyan Director of Basic Education, who successfully expanded access to elementary schools to millions of impoverished children in 2002.
Political advocacy (on occasion throughout the year): ONE's legislative advocacy director organizes lobbying meetings with members of the Georgia Congressional delegation to discuss poverty-related issues. ONE members have met in person and with representatives of Congressmen Paul Broun, Tom Price, and David Scott, as well as Senators Saxby Chambliss, and Johnny Isakson.

Interesting Fact(s): The ONE Campaign UGA is unique in that combines public awareness-raising, political advocacy and local service. Members have the opportunity to become acquainted with a wide range of issues (AIDS and preventable diseases, education, the environment, hunger, microfinance, women's empowerment, etc.) all through the lens of how they affect poverty.

Website (Local): uga.edu/one

Website (National): one.org

Promote Africa

Organization Type: Global Issues, Poverty, Philanthropy, Health

Purpose: Our student organization focuses on empowering disadvantaged communities in developing nations in sub-Saharan Africa, and is so dedicated to this cause that we have formed our own 501(c)3 nonprofit to make lasting changes in fighting poverty, hunger, and lack of opportunity.

Vision: We have developed our own innovative platform for making lasting changes in the developing world: The Bright Ideas Grant. We integrate relevance and long-term community backing into the process from the start, by only accepting project proposals led by and born from the community. We then select the best among these Grant Applications and try to connect them with donors, or fundraise the money ourselves, to provide seed capital to start these projects.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-on Service, Nonprofit Development

Frequency of Meetings: Weekly

Major Annual Event(s): Promote Africa EXPO (Fall) - Part cultural fair, part live concert; all free. The Promote Africa EXPO will tie together different pieces of African art, jewelry, music, film, and photography with the essential issues of education, health, and sustainability. With booths on each of the above as well as a free live concert (real Athens bands) and delicious donated food (Eat Hibachi), there's no reason not to attend!

Interesting Fact(s): This past year alone, we implemented 3 real, on-the-ground projects in Africa, such as a poultry farm that provides income and food for a community in Uganda. These proposals were evaluated and selected by the students at UGA--we make the decisions; we are the nonprofit--not a local chapter. This summer (2010), we sent a small team of students to Namibia to evaluate the projects in the field, and to bring back stories, footage, and photographs to help share the experience. See the new projects at www.BrightIdeasGrant.com

Contact Information: Dave@BrightIdeasGrant.com

Website (Local): PromoteAfrica.org
Students for the American Red Cross

Purpose: Students for the American Red Cross (SARC) is a volunteer organization at UGA that plans and organizes campus-wide blood drives. We are involved in every aspect of the drive including coming up with a theme, advertising for the event, recruiting blood donors, and volunteering on the day of the drive. In addition, club members support the East Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross by assembling Comfort Kits for disaster victims and helping with fundraising. SARC also participates in campus and community events such as Relay for Life.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Volunteer

Frequency of Meetings: Meet bi-weekly

Major Annual Event(s):

1-2 Campus Blood Drives: These blood drives are usually one to two days per blood drive, with goals reaching close to collecting 150 - 300 units of blood (depending on the blood drive). We try to raise money to help cover costs of the location of the drives (typically in Memorial Hall or Tate). Additionally, we set up posters and recruit donors to come to our drives. Sometimes we raffle off great prizes donated by local restaurants and/or a football signed by Mark Richt. Relay For Life: Each year SARC creates a relay team to help raise money for cancer research. This does relate to the American Red Cross because cancer patients do require large amounts of blood and platelets. By creating a relay team and raising money for the American Cancer Society, we feel that it is another great way to help those in need.

Interesting Fact(s): We typically obtain about 300-400 units of blood per semester. Also, we generally raise at least $1000 for Relay for Life, and help out the East GA Chapter with various activities.

Contact Information: sarc@uga.edu

Website (National): www.givelife.org

Shop with a Bulldawg

Organization Type: Poverty

Purpose: Shop with a Bulldawg exists for a tri-fold purpose: to bring the joy of the holidays to the underprivileged families of Athens, to give these families hope in the fact that they are not constrained to their current socio-economic class, and to demonstrate to the students of UGA that individuals have impact and influence potential. By providing our shoppers with $100 to spend on toys, clothes, books, and games for themselves, we are able to give them a holiday season that would be otherwise unattainable for them. By matching them up with UGA students, we are able to invest time and energy into them, discussing topics such as future careers, education, etc. to really help them begin thinking about what they are going to do with their lives. These one-day relationships that are built really do change lives, and the UGA students who are a part of this life change cannot help but realize they have huge potential as an individual. Shop with a Bulldawg is about investing in lives, and changing them, thereby changing the world.

Vision: Shop with a Bulldawg was founded in September of 2009 and so it is still in its infancy. In it's first year, the organization was able to raise $10,000 and take 46 children shopping for the holidays.100 UGA students participated as mentors and more than 50 others volunteered to help on the day of the event. Looking towards the future, SWAB plans to expand its reach and influence in the community by including more participants, both UGA students and community families. This means larger fundraising efforts and more planning. Shop with a Bulldawg will establish a new Executive Board by April of 2010 and begin Mentor Recruitment their after.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Once a week

Major Annual Event(s): Shop with a Bulldawg Shopping Day. On the first Saturday of December, all SWAB participants gather for a day of holiday excitement and shopping. The mentors are paired with their shoppers and spend all day with them discussing various topics. The main focus of the day is the shopping where each shopper gets to spend $100 on presents for themselves and their families.

Interesting Fact(s): SWAB is about investing in others and showing them their potential to be leaders and change lives in return.

Contact Information: shopwithabulldawg@gmail.com

Special Olympics at UGA

Organization Type: Disability Awareness/Disability Service Provider

Purpose: The purpose of Special Olympics at UGA shall be to provide volunteers with information to support and assist Special Olympics programs and athletes in Athens, Georgia.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-on Service

Frequency of Meetings: Monthly

Major Annual Event(s):

Special Olympics Local Games: This event occurs once a year, usually in April. The Special Olympic athletes compete in various athletic events while the UGA volunteers assist in whatever capacity possible.

Special Olympics Area Games: This event occurs once a year, usually in April. The Special Olympic athletes compete in various athletic events while the UGA volunteers assist in whatever capacity possible.
Special Olympics State Games: This event is a weekend long trip to Marietta, Ga that usually takes place in January. UGA volunteers can act as chaperones for the trip, providing night and day assistance to the athletes in what ever capacity possible.
Special Olympics Prom: This event is hosted in January strictly through Special Olympics at UGA. All of the Special Olympics athletes in middle school, high school, and those that have graduated in Clarke County and surrounding counties are invited to attend the prom. The prom consists of dancing, food and fun.

Interesting Fact(s): Special Olympics at UGA focuses mostly on providing hands-on assistance with the Special Olympics athletes throughout the year in more than 20 different ways. There are 11 different opportunities to volunteer with the athletes in a single week.

Contact Information: ugaspecialolympics@gmail.com

Website (National): specialolympics.org

Tutoring Our Tomorrows

Organization Type: Philanthropy and Direct, Hands-on Service

Purpose: Tutoring Our Tomorrows partners with the Clarke County School District in order to connect UGA students with K-12 students in need of tutoring in local schools for two hours a week.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Less than once a month

Major Event(s): Tutoring and Mentoring

Interesting Fact(s): For 4 years, Tutoring Our Tomorrows has been involved with the lives of Clarke County’s students.

Contact Information: tots@uga.edu

UGA Without Borders

Organization Type: Global Issues

Purpose: Bringing a Global Perspective to Campus. Awareness.Service.Impact UGA Without Borders is an organization focused on raising awareness of global issues, such as poverty, health care, and education. Members are dedicated to promoting active student involvement in the global community through awareness campaigns, service projects and fundraising. The ultimate goal is to help implement sustainable development in local communities and abroad.
AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS: Each month, UGA Without Borders highlights a different global issue through a campus-wide awareness campaign. Campaigns are intended to reveal the problem to students and show them how they can help.
SERVICE: All UGA Without Borders members have a strong desire to serve others both at home and abroad, and the organization can connect students to a variety of service opportunities. UGA Without Borders acts as a liaison for International Service Learning (ISL), an organization that sends students abroad to experience and serve global issues firsthand. While not all of our team members participate in international service opportunities, the whole organization participates in preparing those students that do choose to go for the trip. We realize global issues don’t just impact international communities, but exist locally as well. Members participate in monthly service projects in Athens to help alleviate those issues close to home.
FUNDRAISING: In addition, members fundraise every year to help with various global initiatives.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Advocacy, Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Bi-weekly

Major Annual Event(s): Each month, we advocate one specific global issue. That month includes three events for our members, one related to service, one educational event, and one fundraising event.

Interesting Fact(s): UGA Without Borders wants to bring global perspective to the University, so instead of focusing on one issue, we choose to look at a different issue each month. Focusing on hunger, poverty and education, we show how each issue relates to the bigger question of sustainable development. The goal is to encourage action and involvement in the global community all around campus.

Contact Information: ugawithoutborders@gmail.com

Website (Local): withoutbordersuga.wordpress.com


Organization Type: Philanthropy

Purpose: ugaMiracle is one of the largest student-run campus philanthropies in the Southeast. We unite the university community in an effort to save children's lives through financial contributions to Children's Miracle Network, locally benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. ugaMiracle gives students the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Miracle kids through personal interactions and fundraising. We do everything FOR THE KIDS!

Type(s) of Service Offered: Philanthropy/Fundraising, Hands-On Service

Frequency of Meetings: Depends on level of membership, Committee Members: usually 2-4 times per month, Team Members: once per month

Major Annual Event(s):

Kick-off Party – Fall: Kick-off marks the beginning of our year-long efforts. Hundreds of students come out to learn more about our mission and hear why we do what we do!
Benefit Concerts (Ex. Corey Smith, Sister Hazel) – Fall: Every year, we team up with an artist for a concert benefiting Children's Miracle Network. This past year, we put on a show with Sister Hazel at the Classic Center.
Classic City Tour of Homes – December: Some of the beautifully decorated million-dollar mansions in Athens are opened up for public viewing.
Dodgeball Tournament – Spring: Held annually at Ramsey, our Dodgeball Tournament showcases the mad skills of UGA students. The championship round is held at Dance Marathon! Miracle Family Day – Fall: We invite many of our Miracle Families for fun day outside. Our members get to interact with the families and hear amazing stories.
DANCE MARATHON – February: Dance Marathon is a 24-hour event to celebrate the culmination of our year-long efforts. Students give up just one day as a symbolic gesture to the kids who spend weeks or months in the hospital. The Marathon is your chance to interact with the amazing children and families whom you have affected. The 24 hours are filled with concerts, games, food, family and friends. It’s one of the largest events held on campus and one of UGA’s greatest traditions!

Interesting Fact(s): Every day, hundreds of kids are rushed through the doors of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Children’s is the largest pediatric healthcare provider in the state with over 550,000 patient visits per year. In 2008 alone, Children’s provided $103 million in unreimbursed care to patients. For this reason, they rely heavily on fundraising to support their mission. Children need Children's...and Children's needs you!

Contact Information: ugaMiracle@gmail.com

Website (Local): ugaMiracle.org

Unite For Sight

Organization Type: Health/Social Service

Purpose: Did you know that 80% of blindness is preventable? We are excited to be one of Unite For Sight's chapters who are eliminating preventable blindness by fundraising for sight-restoring surgeries worldwide. Every dollar that we fundraise is very important to Unite For Sight's eye care programs to restore sight and prevent blindness. We also collect eyeglasses for those in developing countries who need them but cannot afford them.

Type(s) of Service Offered: Philanthropy/Fundraising

Frequency of Meetings: Meet bi-weekly

Major Annual Event(s):

Meetings - monthly meeting where we discuss fundraising strategy and upcoming events.
Events - activities where we raise money for Unite for Sight. Past events have included food sales and talent shows. Unite for Sight has also participated in collaborative fundraising and charity events with organizations such as Dawgs for Haiti and Volunteer UGA

Interesting Fact(s): Unite for Sight is the only organization at UGA that specifically targets eye health. Preventable eye diseases are an "under the radar" problem, but many people in India and Africa struggle with debilitating eye diseases that hinder their ability to work or live normally. Our members learn a great deal about eye health, and students who are pre-med or interested in optometry would likely be very interested in Unite for Sight.

Contact Information: ugaufs@gmail.com

Website (Local): http://tinyurl.com/yz94ecs



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