Engagement, Leadership, and Service

The Engagement, Leadership, and Service (ELS) department within the UGA Division of Student Affairs believes student engagement is a pivotal part of an enriched collegiate experience.

ELS seeks to deliver programs, services, events, and significant learning experiences which strengthen students’ connection to the University, cultivate a sense of community, and empower students to be engaged and contributing leaders. Within ELS, students can join and create student organizations, participate in and lead service opportunities, engage with leadership trainings and content, coordinate or attend multiple events, and so much more.

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45 Baxter St, Athens, GA 30602
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Programs

Engagement

Student organizations and other involvement opportunities on campus create a way for every student to engage with the UGA community in their own, unique way.

Leadership

Opportunities such as the Collegiate Leadership Conference, Leadership UGA and LEAD Workshop Series allow students to grow their skill sets and reflect on their personal development.

Service

UGA's service driven organizations and the Service staff from within the ELS provide a range of opportunities for students to participate in service and cultivate these opportunities for their peers.

Activities

Student activities and events on campus provide space for students to engage with their peers. Students within University Union & Homecoming committees work to plan events throughout the year.

Student Governance

The Student Government Association and Graduate Student Association encourage students to represent their peers through legislation and council initiatives.

Latest News

Upcoming Events

  • Serve UGA: Project Safe

    Sunday, October 17th 2021
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Event Location: Project Safe Warehouse
    995 Hawthorne Ave, #7

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with Project Safe! Project Safe works to end domestic violence through intervention, support services, advocacy, and education. Volunteers will be working at the Project Safe Thrift Shop, which supports programs and services for victims of domestic violence and their children. 

     

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis at Project Safe.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

     

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests. 

     

    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: All volunteers are required to wear a mask, and the store is regularly sanitized and cleaned thoroughly. We will "tag out" and rotate people as we go along, so no one becomes overly tired. During the time ATL Recycling is present at the store, we close off that side of the store to customers - volunteers will only be interacting with staff and one another. We have two staff bathrooms stocked with hand soap for volunteers to use. 

     

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

     

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

    Aryan Rath: ar44863@uga.edu

    Meghna Kamath: mkk18017@uga.edu

    Sarah Vidyasagar: smv84065@uga.edu 



    Visit Project Safe's website

    Visit Project Safe's Facebook



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  • Serve UGA: Project Safe

    Sunday, October 17th 2021
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Event Location: Project Safe Warehouse
    995 Hawthorne Ave, #7

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with Project Safe! Project Safe works to end domestic violence through intervention, support services, advocacy, and education. Volunteers will be working at the Project Safe Thrift Shop, which supports programs and services for victims of domestic violence and their children. 

     

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis at Project Safe.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

     

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests. 

     

    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: All volunteers are required to wear a mask, and the store is regularly sanitized and cleaned thoroughly. We will "tag out" and rotate people as we go along, so no one becomes overly tired. During the time ATL Recycling is present at the store, we close off that side of the store to customers - volunteers will only be interacting with staff and one another. We have two staff bathrooms stocked with hand soap for volunteers to use. 

     

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

     

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

     

    Aryan Rath: ar44863@uga.edu

    Meghna Kamath: mkk18017@uga.edu

    Sarah Vidyasagar: smv84065@uga.edu 



    Visit Project Safe's website

    Visit Project Safe's Facebook

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  • Get Out

    Sunday, October 17th 2021
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's 2021 Fall Movie Calendar

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  • Us

    Sunday, October 17th 2021
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's 2021 Fall Movie Calendar

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  • Music Monday Series

    Monday, October 18th 2021
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    At each Music Monday, there will be a new playlist curated from songs everyone wants to hear. Make sure to follow the link below to submit music each month and head to Tate Plaza or stop by between classes.

    As a bonus, there will be sweet treats or snacks and a fun interactive station that changes each month, so make sure to follow on social media for new posts highlighting the food and interactive option.

    To add songs to the playlist, visit bit.ly/ELSMusicMonday. It will be updated monthly.

    *If it's raining the day of the event, Music Monday will be moved into the Tate Student Center.

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  • Mini Engagement Fair: Faith Community

    Tuesday, October 19th 2021
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    Stop by Tate Plaza to chat with participating organizations, connect with ELS, and learn more about engagement opportunities at UGA! Meet with students from a variety of student organizations within the faith community during this Mini Engagement Fair!

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  • Presidential Summit: Cultivating Community Engagement

    Wednesday, October 20th 2021
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate 139

    Presidential Summit serves as an opportunity for networking and fellowship among chief officers of registered student organizations. Our October Presidential Summit will be held on Wednesday, October 20 from 6:30-8:00pm, focusing on cultivating community engagement.

     

    Please complete the RSVP by Tuesday, October 19. Chief officers are welcome to invite additional members by having them RSVP on the Involvement Network.

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  • 2021 Student Leadership Conference

    Saturday, October 23rd 2021
    9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center
    45 Baxter St. , Athens, GA

    The Student Leadership Conference (SLC) is hosted annually by Engagement, Leadership and Service. SLC is designed to provide leadership development opportunities for both emerging and seasoned student leaders, regardless of holding a formal leadership role #NoTitleNeeded. The Student Leadership Conference will be hosted on Saturday, October 23, 2021 and is free for all student activity fee-paying students. Register today at https://bit.ly/ugaslc21The first 150 students registering for the conference will receive a free t-shirt! 

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  • Serve UGA: Brooklyn Cemetery

    Sunday, October 24th 2021
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Event Location: Brooklyn Cemetery
    205 Alps Rd, Athens, GA

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with Friends at Brooklyn Cemetery! Hidden in the woods behind Clarke Middle School in Athens, Georgia is a portal to another time.  Concealed by vines and brambles, Brooklyn Cemetery is an African American cemetery which was used primarily from the 1880s to the 1990s.  Those who were laid to rest here mostly lived in the Brooklyn/Hawthorne area of Athens.  Nature and time have laid claim to much of the cemetery; some tombstones have fallen and are covered with ivy, other graves are completely unmarked.

    The purpose of this service project is to not only educate participants of the historical significance of the cemetery but to also aid in the ongoing beautification, preservation, and research of a once lost landmark of the African American community in Athens, Georgia. Volunteers will work to remove overgrowth, fallen limbs, and underbrush from the grave sites.  

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis at the cemetery.  Once you sign-up, a service ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests.

    COVID-19 Information:

    MASKS are required at this service site. Additionally, social distancing will be enforced. 

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

     

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following service ambassadors:

     

    Harsh Patel: htp62553@uga.edu

    Janelle Booker: jrb29857@uga.edu

    Alyssa Ginn: arg32505@uga.edu

     

    Visit Brooklyn Cemetery's website

    Like Friends of Brooklyn's Facebook page.



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  • Mini Engagement Fair: Academic and Professional

    Monday, October 25th 2021
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    Stop by Tate Plaza to chat with participating organizations, connect with ELS, and learn more about engagement opportunities at UGA! Meet with students from a variety of academic and professional student organizations during this Mini Engagement Fair!

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  • Serve UGA: UGArden

    Wednesday, October 27th 2021
    3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

    Event Location: UGArden
    2500 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with UGArden! UGArden promotes sustainable and healthy food systems through teaching students how to grow food with organic practices and sharing the harvests with members of the local community in need. 

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis with UGArden.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (Serve UGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests.

     

    COVID-19 Information:

    Volunteers are **REQUIRED** to wear masks inside the facility. 

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

    Elizabeth Esser: eae93560@uga.edu

    Akash Sinha aks65973@uga.edu

    Morgan Beckham: mab30715@uga.edu

     

    Visit UGArden's website

    Visit UGArden's facebook



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  • Rural Community Outreach Trip

    Thursday, October 28th 2021 5:00 PM - Sunday, October 31st 2021 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Hartwell, Georgia

    Shelter and resource access is an incredibly broad term that encompasses the needs of many. From people experiencing homelessness to mothers in need of resources to families with little access to food, different people are experiencing different needs every day. Shelter needs include affordable housing, eviction victims, those experiencing homelessness, and anyone seeking a roof over their heads. Resources can include food, clothing, education, LGBT resources, and many more.

     

    For more information, reach out to Site Leaders Aries Aviles and Sara Castro.

    Aries Aviles: ane.aviles@gmail.com

    Sara Castro: scastro1823@gmail.com

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  • Serve UGA: UGArden

    Wednesday, November 3rd 2021
    3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

    Event Location: UGArden
    2500 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with UGArden! UGArden promotes sustainable and healthy food systems through teaching students how to grow food with organic practices and sharing the harvests with members of the local community in need. 

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis with UGArden.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests.

    COVID-19 Information:

    Volunteers are **REQUIRED** to wear masks inside the facility. 

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

     

    Elizabeth Esser: eae93560@uga.edu

    Akash Sinha aks65973@uga.edu

    Morgan Beckham: mab30715@uga.edu



    Visit UGArden's website

    Visit UGArden's facebook



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  • Mini Engagement Fair: Recreation and Gaming

    Thursday, November 4th 2021
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    Stop by Tate Plaza to chat with participating organizations, connect with ELS, and learn more about engagement opportunities at UGA! Meet with students from a variety of recreation and gaming student organizations during this Mini Engagement Fair!

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  • Serve UGA: Project Safe

    Sunday, November 7th 2021
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Event Location: Project Safe Warehouse
    995 Hawthorne Ave, #7

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with Project Safe! Project Safe works to end domestic violence through intervention, support services, advocacy, and education. Volunteers will be working at the Project Safe Thrift Shop, which supports programs and services for victims of domestic violence and their children. 

     

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis at Project Safe.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

     

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests. 

     

    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: All volunteers are required to wear a mask, and the store is regularly sanitized and cleaned thoroughly. We will "tag out" and rotate people as we go along, so no one becomes overly tired. During the time ATL Recycling is present at the store, we close off that side of the store to customers - volunteers will only be interacting with staff and one another. We have two staff bathrooms stocked with hand soap for volunteers to use. 

     

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

     

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

     

    Aryan Rath: ar44863@uga.edu

    Meghna Kamath: mkk18017@uga.edu

    Sarah Vidyasagar: smv84065@uga.edu 



    Visit Project Safe's website

    Visit Project Safe's Facebook



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  • Serve UGA: Project Safe

    Sunday, November 7th 2021
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Event Location: Project Safe Warehouse
    995 Hawthorne Ave, #7

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with Project Safe! Project Safe works to end domestic violence through intervention, support services, advocacy, and education. Volunteers will be working at the Project Safe Thrift Shop, which supports programs and services for victims of domestic violence and their children. 

     

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis at Project Safe.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

     

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests. 

     

    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: All volunteers are required to wear a mask, and the store is regularly sanitized and cleaned thoroughly. We will "tag out" and rotate people as we go along, so no one becomes overly tired. During the time ATL Recycling is present at the store, we close off that side of the store to customers - volunteers will only be interacting with staff and one another. We have two staff bathrooms stocked with hand soap for volunteers to use. 

     

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

     

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

     

    Aryan Rath: ar44863@uga.edu

    Meghna Kamath: mkk18017@uga.edu

    Sarah Vidyasagar: smv84065@uga.edu 



    Visit Project Safe's website

    Visit Project Safe's Facebook



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  • Serve UGA: UGArden

    Wednesday, November 10th 2021
    3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

    Event Location: UGArden
    2500 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with UGArden! UGArden promotes sustainable and healthy food systems through teaching students how to grow food with organic practices and sharing the harvests with members of the local community in need. 

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis with UGArden.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests.

    COVID-19 Information:

    Volunteers are **REQUIRED** to wear masks inside the facility. 

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

     

    Elizabeth Esser: eae93560@uga.edu

    Akash Sinha aks65973@uga.edu

    Morgan Beckham: mab30715@uga.edu



    Visit UGArden's website

    Visit UGArden's facebook



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  • Women's Health Weekend Trip

    Friday, November 12th 2021 5:00 PM - Sunday, November 14th 2021 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Athens, Georgia

    Women's Health is centered around giving its participants a holistic view of women's health. Oftentimes women's health is summed to mean only certain health specialties/ services that are utilized predominantly by women (e.g. OB/GYN, Maternal Health). We plan to abolish this myth by exploring all aspects of a female's wellbeing, ranging from mental health to homelessness and reproductive rights. Women's health intersects with all branches of medicine and is uniquely affected by various social disparities (e.g. poverty). We will explore all of these and more during our time.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this LOCAL trip:

    Natasha Havanur: natasha.havanur@gmail.com

    Emma Ellis: ece44309@uga.edu

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  • Disability Advocacy & Awareness Trip

    Friday, November 12th 2021 5:00 PM - Sunday, November 14th 2021 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Athens, Georgia

    This is a trip to promote participants to serve a community that is often forgotten. The participants should grow aware of some of the different challenges people with disabilities have to struggle with every day and how important it is to be aware and caring. This applies not only when volunteering but when interacting with people who may have a disability at UGA, your job, or anywhere in the world. Participants eyes should also be opened on the many different types of disabilities in our community and communities farther away, and not only their everyday physical struggles but the discrimination they face.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Ayanna Turner: ant50138@uga.edu

    Amanda Light: amandalight24@gmail.com

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  • Serve UGA: Brooklyn Cemetery

    Saturday, November 13th 2021
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Event Location: Brooklyn Cemetery
    205 Alps Rd, Athens, GA

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with Friends at Brooklyn Cemetery! Hidden in the woods behind Clarke Middle School in Athens, Georgia is a portal to another time.  Concealed by vines and brambles, Brooklyn Cemetery is an African American cemetery which was used primarily from the 1880s to the 1990s.  Those who were laid to rest here mostly lived in the Brooklyn/Hawthorne area of Athens.  Nature and time have laid claim to much of the cemetery; some tombstones have fallen and are covered with ivy, other graves are completely unmarked.

    The purpose of this service project is to not only educate participants of the historical significance of the cemetery but to also aid in the ongoing beautification, preservation, and research of a once lost landmark of the African American community in Athens, Georgia. Volunteers will work to remove overgrowth, fallen limbs, and underbrush from the grave sites.  

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis at the cemetery.  Once you sign-up, a service ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests.

    COVID-19 Information:

    MASKS are required at this service site. Additionally, social distancing will be enforced. 

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

     

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following service ambassadors:

     

    Harsh Patel: htp62553@uga.edu

    Janelle Booker: jrb29857@uga.edu

    Alyssa Ginn: arg32505@uga.edu

     

    Visit Brooklyn Cemetery's website

    Like Friends of Brooklyn's Facebook page.

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  • Music Monday Series

    Monday, November 15th 2021
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    At each Music Monday, there will be a new playlist curated from songs everyone wants to hear. Make sure to follow the link below to submit music each month and head to Tate Plaza or stop by between classes.

    As a bonus, there will be sweet treats or snacks and a fun interactive station that changes each month, so make sure to follow on social media for new posts highlighting the food and interactive option.

    To add songs to the playlist, visit bit.ly/ELSMusicMonday. It will be updated monthly.

    *If it's raining the day of the event, Music Monday will be moved into the Tate Student Center.

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  • Serve UGA: Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful

    Monday, November 15th 2021
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Event Location: More information about the location of the event will be sent out by the Service Ambassadors closer to the date of the event.

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful! KACCB works to educate and empower citizens and businesses with resources to take action as environmental stewards of litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification. 

     

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis with KACCB.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

     

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests.

     

    COVID-19 Information: 

    Social distancing is required at the service site. 

     

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

     

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

     

    Mayah Kirson: mak50741@uga.edu

    Chichi Onyekaba: cmo09937@uga.edu

    Elijah Humphries: edh00217@uga.edu



    Visit Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful's website

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  • Presidential Summit: Managing Highly Effective Teams

    Tuesday, November 16th 2021
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Reception Hall

    Presidential Summit serves as an opportunity for networking and fellowship among chief officers of registered student organizations. Our November Presidential Summit will be held on Tuesday, November 16 from 6:30-8:00pm, focusing on managing highly effective teams.

     

    Please complete the RSVP by Monday, November 15. Chief officers are welcome to invite additional members by having them RSVP on the Involvement Network.

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  • Serve UGA: ACC Animal Services

    Wednesday, November 17th 2021
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Event Location: ACC Animal Services
    125 Buddy Christian Way, Athens, GA

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with Athens-Clarke County Animal Services! The Athens-Clarke County Animal Services works toward protecting the public safety and health from at-large and dangerous animals and protecting animals from inhumane treatment. Volunteers will be interacting with dogs and cats at the site.

     

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis at the Animal Services.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (Serve UGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

     

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests.

     

    COVID-19 Information:

    Masks are REQUIRED at the Service Site. 

     

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

     

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

     

    Abigail Roegner: ahr02137@uga.edu

    Ivy Li: kl77168@uga.edu



    Visit the ACC Animal Services' website



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  • Nuggets of Knowledge

    Thursday, November 18th 2021
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center, Reception Hall

    Nuggets of Knowledge is a monthly lunch-and-learn series that provides students with bite-sized leadership development opportunities. These hour-long sessions will introduce the concept of leadership and utilize guest speakers from across campus to provide diverse perspectives on each topic. Students attending these sessions will have the opportunity to engage with their peers and as well as staff within the Division of Student Affairs. 

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  • Nuggets of Knowledge

    Thursday, November 18th 2021
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center, Reception Hall

    Nuggets of Knowledge is a monthly lunch-and-learn series that provides students with bite-sized leadership development opportunities. These hour-long sessions will introduce the concept of leadership and utilize guest speakers from across campus to provide diverse perspectives on each topic. Students attending these sessions will have the opportunity to engage with their peers and as well as staff within the Division of Student Affairs. 

     

    This session will focus on: Culturally Responsive Leadership & Intercultural Competence

     

    Register for the event at: https://bit.ly/ELSNuggies

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  • Serve UGA: Project Safe

    Sunday, November 21st 2021
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Event Location: Project Safe Warehouse
    995 Hawthorne Ave, #7

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with Project Safe! Project Safe works to end domestic violence through intervention, support services, advocacy, and education. Volunteers will be working at the Project Safe Thrift Shop, which supports programs and services for victims of domestic violence and their children. 

     

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis at Project Safe.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

     

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests. 

     

    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: All volunteers are required to wear a mask, and the store is regularly sanitized and cleaned thoroughly. We will "tag out" and rotate people as we go along, so no one becomes overly tired. During the time ATL Recycling is present at the store, we close off that side of the store to customers - volunteers will only be interacting with staff and one another. We have two staff bathrooms stocked with hand soap for volunteers to use. 

     

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

     

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

     

    Aryan Rath: ar44863@uga.edu

    Meghna Kamath: mkk18017@uga.edu

    Sarah Vidyasagar: smv84065@uga.edu 



    Visit Project Safe's website

    Visit Project Safe's Facebook



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  • Serve UGA: Project Safe

    Sunday, November 21st 2021
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Event Location: Project Safe Warehouse
    995 Hawthorne Ave, #7

    Join Serve UGA this semester for volunteering opportunities with Project Safe! Project Safe works to end domestic violence through intervention, support services, advocacy, and education. Volunteers will be working at the Project Safe Thrift Shop, which supports programs and services for victims of domestic violence and their children. 

     

    We volunteer on an ongoing basis at Project Safe.  Once you sign-up, a Service Ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.

     

    The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at amanda.torrence25@uga.edu with specific requests. 

     

    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: All volunteers are required to wear a mask, and the store is regularly sanitized and cleaned thoroughly. We will "tag out" and rotate people as we go along, so no one becomes overly tired. During the time ATL Recycling is present at the store, we close off that side of the store to customers - volunteers will only be interacting with staff and one another. We have two staff bathrooms stocked with hand soap for volunteers to use. 

     

    At this time, all Serve Athens events are drive yourself. We cannot guarantee participants transportation to the service site; however, if you are unable to transport yourself to the service site, please contact the following Service Ambassadors about your options. 

     

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following Service Ambassadors:

     

    Aryan Rath: ar44863@uga.edu

    Meghna Kamath: mkk18017@uga.edu

    Sarah Vidyasagar: smv84065@uga.edu 



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  • Community Health & Wellbeing Trip

    Thursday, December 16th 2021 6:00 AM - Wednesday, December 22nd 2021 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Nashville, Tennessee

    This trip's focus will be Community Health and Well-being. Community Well-being is the combination of social, economic, cultural, and political conditions identified by individuals and their communities as essential for them to flourish and fulfill their potential. Connectedness, livability, and equity are major components of this. This focus is extremely intersectional. We will do service with various issues that factor into overall community health and well-being. Some include homelessness, mental health, food insecurity, youth empowerment, refugee health, etc.

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip.

    Ben Dozier: kbd35462@uga.edu

    Tess Mosley: tessmmosley@gmail.com

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  • Shelter & Resource Access Trip

    Thursday, December 16th 2021 6:00 AM - Wednesday, December 22nd 2021 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Savannah, Georgia

    Shelter and resource access is an incredibly broad term that encompasses the needs of many. From people experiencing homelessness to mothers in need of resources to families with little access to food, different people are experiencing different needs every day. Shelter needs include affordable housing, eviction victims, those experiencing homelessness, and anyone seeking a roof over their heads. Resources can include food, clothing, education, LGBT resources, and many more.

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip.

    Ankita Shah: aks36688@uga.edu

    Sahauna Ramesh: spr68693@uga.edu

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  • Affordable Housing Trip

    Thursday, December 16th 2021 6:00 AM - Wednesday, December 22nd 2021 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    Affordable Housing is when an individual/family spends less than 30% of their annual income on housing. 

    Homelessness and Affordable Housing: “It is important for those who have never experienced homelessness before to understand that every homeless individual faces a different and complex set of circumstances. It is the responsibility of the general public to educate themselves about issues related to homelessness." As you become a member of the Athens community and call this city home for the next few years, it is important to consider the issues that the area faces and how we as students may also be perpetuating it. This trip will be able to cover the issue of affordable housing but also the many intersectional issues that directly link to this problem, and how these social justice issues tie together to create lasting problems that are difficult for communities, especially marginalized communities of color, to overcome at all. In Tuscaloosa, another large college town, we will be able to understand a similar issue to one we face in Athens. The service trip week will provide students the opportunity to begin delving into the complexities of the affordable housing crisis as well as serve alongside local nonprofits and organizations that work to actively combat this crisis daily. The understanding they develop can be taken back to Athens in hopes that students can make it part of their time in Athens to understand the issues the community faces, and they can actively involve themselves in reducing such burdens in their own dear college town.          

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Nikita Shah: nus58749@uga.edu

    Rithika Archinapalli: ra48872@uga.edu

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  • Immigration Awareness: Refugee Resettlement Trip

    Thursday, December 16th 2021 6:00 AM - Wednesday, December 22nd 2021 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Clarkston, Georgia

    The mission of the IMPACT program is to engage University of Georgia students in an affordable, week-long, substance-free, experiential service learning project that encourages an understanding of pressing social issues in a significant way. It is the goal of the organization to address community needs through direct and indirect service as well as provide students the knowledge of social issues in our own country. By providing new perspectives and hearing the stories of others, participants gain invaluable experiences that bring us together. Refugee Resettlement specifically focuses on the political, social, and cultural experiences and is centered in Clarkston, GA. We will engage in 40 hours of community service as well as reflection.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Aryan Rath: ar44863@uga.edu

    Maegan Panebianco: mvp07667@uga.edu

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  • Shelter & Resource Access Trip

    Thursday, December 16th 2021 6:00 AM - Wednesday, December 22nd 2021 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

    The Charlotte winter break trip focuses on shelter and resource access. With this trip we plan to explore, learn, and serve with a large variety of factors that influence a person's well being in regards to shelter and resource access. So much goes into a person's life experiences based on accessibility to health, educational, and supportive resources in addition to the importance of a stable home environment. 13.4% of people residing in Charlotte live below the poverty line, which is relatively similar to the US poverty rate of 12.3%(in 2017). The issues revolving around shelter and resource access impact the lives of all people of different identities. We will explore how different identities can influence someone's experience as a person who lives below the poverty line or is experiencing homelessness as well as access to different resources.  We will also have the opportunity to explore and learn about Charlotte as one of the largest cities in North Carolina. 

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Maegan Panebianco: mvp07667@uga.edu

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  • Ageism Trip

    Thursday, December 16th 2021 6:00 AM - Wednesday, December 22nd 2021 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Charleston, South Carolina

    Our trip aims to examine the circumstances surrounding the aging process, with a particular emphasis on how these ideas are negatively socialized and perpetuated. We will also focus on the lack of access to common needs of the elderly such as accessibility to resources, financial stability, and healthy social lives.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Madison Picklesimer: mnp48433@uga.edu

    Sonia Kalia: sk50019@uga.edu

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  • LGBTQ+ Awareness & Advocacy

    Thursday, December 16th 2021 6:00 AM - Wednesday, December 22nd 2021 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Atlanta, Georgia

    The LGBTQ+ Activism and Advocacy trip connects participants to Atlanta's history of LGBTQ+ rights, including transgender rights and HIV/AIDS. This trip encourages critical thinking and questioning of the status quo while also providing the foundation of meaningful service work for participants. This trip emphasizes intersectional topics such a queer trans people of color, disability, housing equality, and non-Western LGBTQ movements.

     

    Advocacy in terms of our issues include thinking of politicians and representatives that claim to be LGBTQ+ friendly, but only in terms to white, able-bodied LGBTQ folks. LGBTQ advocacy means fighting for trans women of colour, people with disabilities, low-income residents, and indigenous/ refugee rights. LGBTQ activism encompasses all of these identities, so we hope to help facilitate comprehension and advocacy for this field.

     

    Access includes everything from: equitable housing, equitable payments, workplace discrimination protections, transgender legal services, HIV/AIDS, to reproductive justice. LGBTQ rights encompasses every movement and identity, and recognition of this is critical in order to do impactful work.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Maeve Munson: mam36090@uga.edu

    Manasa Vemaraju: sv03628@uga.edu

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  • Affordable Housing Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Sunday, March 13th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Asheboro, NC

    We will be serving with Habitat for Humanity in Asheboro in order to understand and discuss the various barriers to affordable housing. We will also explore how these barriers intersect with identity factors through means such as gentrification, discrimination, and cyclical/generational poverty. Through discussions and service, we hope to shed light on the foundation importance of affordable housing and how to best advocate for those who lack access to this right.

    For more information, feel free to contact the site leaders for this trip.

    Diane Kim: dek22063@uga.edu

    Shaelin Lee: shaelinrose.lee@uga.edu

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  • Environmental Justice Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

    On the Environmental Justice trip to New Orleans, we will serve with multiple community organizations that address environmental issues and the inequities that arise as a result of these issues. We will discuss environmental justice both as a global issue and as a human rights issue, covering topics like conservation, climate change, and environmental racism.

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip.

    Melina Patterson: mmp58537@uga.edu

    Catherine Iracondo: cmi10744@uga.edu

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  • Education Access & Advocacy Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

    Throughout our educational careers we are encouraged to dive deeper and ask “Why?”, after all, a part of UGA's mission is to “Inquire into the nature of things”. On this trip, participants will be challenged to step outside of the "UGA bubble" and interact with a community in a meaningful and sustainable way. Participants will perform service and work with community partners in Charlotte, North Carolina to learn about the importance of education in the lives of children and how it affects them into adulthood. This trip will expose participants to aspects of education that they may not have had to experience. It is this exposure that will challenge participants to think beyond their own experiences and become conscious about the depth of this social justice issue.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:
    Riley Grube: riley.grube@uga.edu
    Sohawm Sengupta: sas82718@uga.edu
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  • Community Health & Wellbeing Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

    Focusing on Community Health and Wellbeing, our trip will explore the wide range of what service can like within that social justice issue. Because of the variety of factors that affect community health, we will highlight multiple aspects that interact with the wellness of a community. We are so excited to learn together as we explore what it means to be an active citizen in Indianapolis and how we can continue to grow in Athens.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Sydney Goins: sfg92372@uga.edu

    Rutva Patel: rnp37509@uga.edu

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  • Disability Advocacy & Awareness Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Jackson, Mississippi

    On the disability/ability awareness trip, we will learn and serve alongside differently-abled people. We will learn about disability rights and will learn how to best and most respectfully talk about disability rights. Through working with people with disabilities, we will become confident in how to respectfully and authentically interact with people with different levels of ability.

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip.

    Sarah Laguerre: sl96332@uga.edu

    Linda Nwosu: lnn64322@uga.edu

     

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  • Animal Welfare & Advocacy Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Charleston, South Carolina

    Animal welfare is a broad umbrella that encompasses a variety of different issues pertaining to the well-being of animals. During our trip, some topics we will cover include: factory farming, animal testing, and pet shelters. We will also be discussing how animal welfare intersects with the environment, farmers' mental and physical health, and our daily lives. We want to welcome everyone to our trip focus and can't wait to meet you!

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Isabella Dodge: ind32646@uga.edu

    Isha Naidu: in82596@uga.edu

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  • Human Trafficking Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Birmingham, Alabama

    Birmingham is a hub for human trafficking due to its intersection of major highways. This trip will dive into what the community does to combat this growing issue and the intersectionality of human trafficking with minority communities and issues like poverty, mental health, and homelessness. We will discover how human trafficking affects every single one of us and learn how to be advocates in our own community.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Sahithi Boddireddy: srb15714@uga.edu

    Alice Culpepper: arc42079@uga.edu

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  • Environmental Justice Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Ft. Myers, Florida

    This is a week-long service-learning trip in Ft. Myers, FL with a focus on environmental justice.Some things you'll be participating in include environmental conservation, informational panels with experts on environmental justice issues, and a number of other fun environmental service projects specific to Ft. Myers. There will be daily reflection time to discuss what you've learned and process how you feel about what you've experienced.

     

    Along with immersing yourself in meaningful, transformative experiences, you'll also be connecting with other students from the University of Georgia who are just as passionate as you are about making a difference. In other words, you'll have a handful of new best friends when you return to Athens! So do something different this Spring Break. Have one of the best weeks of your life, learn about yourself and others, and make an IMPACT. 

     

    *Housing will most likely be at a church, and showers will be available. Food and transportation will also be accounted for. All you have to bring is a sleeping bag, clothes, toiletries, and a positive, open-minded attitude.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip: 

    Molly Holcomb: mrh32444@uga.edu

    Mason Christmas: masonchristmas@gmail.com

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  • Immigration Awareness: Farmworker Justice Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Immokalee, Florida

    Immigration is currently a prevalent issue that has been heavily generalized and politicized. One of the many issues related to immigration is farmworker justice. The farmworker justice movement emerged as a way for farmworkers to advocate for their rights and raise awareness about the many injustices launched against them that have derived from a defective immigration system. Some of the key causes that the farmworker justice movement advocate for include environmental justice pertaining to the use of pesticides and climate conditions, gender/sexual violence against women, and access to education. Throughout the week, we will commit to 40 hours of educational, direct, and indirect service to learn more about the history of the farmworker justice movement as well as how the movement has evolved to empower the farmworkers that provide the produce you see at the grocery store. Through service, we will aim to humanize the concept of immigration by learning more about the Immokalee community's involvement in farmworker justice, the stories the members hold, and what actions we can take on both the individual and community level to raise awareness and advocate for farmworker justice.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Gaby Fernandez: gmf37169@uga.edu

    Dana Newman: dmn83430@uga,edu

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  • Shelter & Resource Access Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: New River Valley, Virginia

    This trip will focus on learning about the barriers that affect the availability of housing and access to resources, specifically in rural communities. We will do this by participating in service at different sites in the New River Valley community, meeting with community members, and group and individual reflection. Shelter and resource access intersects with many other social justice issues such as food security, community health, access to education, and affordable healthcare. We aim to not only help participants learn more about themselves, but also to connect what we learn and see in New River Valley to the local community in Athens!

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Saad Rahman: sar35574@uga.edu

    Prisha Kumar: pn61684@uga.edu

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  • Food Justice Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Durham, North Carolina

    Food justice is communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and grown locally with care for the wellbeing of the land, workers, and animals. People practicing food justice leads to a strong local food system, self reliant communities, and a healthy environment.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Swathi Bala: swathib1901@gmail.com

    Elizabeth Moshiri: efm66857@uga.edu

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  • Interbelief Day of Service

    Saturday, April 9th 2022
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Interbelief Day of Service breaks down barriers by encouraging collaborative service that facilitates open discussions about the motives, belief systems (secular or faith-based), and backgrounds that drive us to serve.

    Volunteers will be serving with local Athens non-profits. Please Note: In intentional efforts to create religiously and spiritually diverse groups, we will be assigning volunteers to sites for this event, but if you have a preference for an indoor versus an outdoor site, you can indicate that when you register online for the event. Registration will be at the Tate Theater in Tate Student Center Check-in will begin at 8:00am and will be followed by a program with guest speakers starting at 8:30am. We will depart campus by 9:00am and service projects will start by 9:30am at the latest. Participants will serve at their assigned sites for about 2 hours and should be back on campus around 12:00pm. 

    Transportation is provided, but volunteers are also welcome to carpool. A light snack is provided in the morning, but eating breakfast beforehand is encouraged. For questions and more information, email serve.uga.athens@gmail.com

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