February 16, 1998
Volume 50, No. 21
Community Service Update:
What is Volunteer Emory?
In 1980 students Debbie Genzer and Wendy Rosenberg wanted to create a central organization through which students could perform community service. The result of their efforts is Volunteer Emory.
Part of Campus Life and a student-run organization, Volunteer Emory is primarily responsible for coordinating many of the service opportunities available to University students and employees.
The office serves as a clearinghouse for service opportunities in the Atlanta area and a liaison between the University and its community, matching volunteers with local agencies and organizations. With 13 program coordinators, each assigned a different issue area, Volunteer Emory can help tailor a service program for you, your group or your class.
All information about agencies and organizations and their volunteer opportunities is stored in resource notebooks available for browsing in the Volunteer Emory office. More than 150 local organizations are on file representing issues as varied as AIDS/HIV, the environment, women's concerns, homelessness, animal rights and care for the elderly.
Volunteer Emory sponsors weeklong educational service events such as AIDS Awareness Week, National Hunger and Homelessness Week and National Volunteer Week. Other events include the "Get Fit to Volunteer" 5K Run/Walk and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The organization also coordinates group projects such as walks, painting, yard work and renovations.
As you can see, Volunteer Emory has something for everyone. To find out how you can get involved, call 404-727-6268.
Lisa Simpson is director of Volunteer Emory. This is the first of an occasional column on Emory community service.