• Erie-GAINS Celebrates Community Partners

      Gannon University's Erie-GAINS program recently held a celebration for our community partners, in collaboration with the Center for Social Concerns and Service-Learning, in the Yehl Ballroom. The purpose of this first time event was to thank community partners for their support and collaboration and reflect on the year together.

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    • 2014-11-10 Metz Club Fit Donation

      School District Food Service Gift Supports Healthy Living 2014-11-10 Metz Culinary Management of Dallas, Pennsylvania has made a $5,000 corporate gift to support Club Fit, a healthy lifestyle and living initiative at Erie's East High School. Club Fit is an after-school fitness program, and offers in

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    • 2014-10-03 TreeVitalize 2014

      Gannon to “TreeVitalize” City of Erie 2014-10-03 On Saturday, Oct. 4, Gannon University students will plant more than 170 trees in the City of Erie, many within the University's Erie-GAINS neighborhood. The Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) neighborhood is comprised

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    • 2014-09-30-ECO Schools Tour

      Gannon University’s Erie Chamber Orchestra to Present “Tall Tales and Long Tails” 2014-09-30 Gannon University's Erie Chamber Orchestra (ECO) is presenting 11 in-school educational concerts for students of all 12 elementary schools in the Erie School District over the span of four days beginning Septem

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    • 2014-08-07 Human Services Directory Launches

      Erie Together, Gannon University Launch Collaborative Human Service Directory 2014-08-07 Collaboratively, United Way of Erie County, Erie Together, Gannon University have worked to launch an updated comprehensive human service directory for Erie County. The Human Service Directory is a signature proje

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    • 2014-07-29 LFL Boys and Girls Club

      Ninth Little Free Library Installed 2014-07-29 The Boys & Girls Club of Erie and Gannon University are pleased to announce the ninth installation of a Little Free Library, made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation. This donation allowed Sarah Morgan, an  AmeriCorps VISTA member at  G

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    • 2014-05-13 College for Every Student Program

      Gannon University Welcomes Nearly 300 Wilson Middle School Students to its Campus 2014-05-13 Nearly 300 eighth-grade students from Erie's Woodrow Wilson middle school will converge on Gannon University this week for an immersion in college life. The students will tour the Patient Simulation Center at

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  • Overview

     Erie Gains LogoGannon University has a rich history of service to Erie and the surrounding community. In the summer of 2010, Gannon took its commitment to service and to the community one step further with the launch of the Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability (Erie-GAINS) initiative, a long-term, mutually beneficial community initiative designed to expand the University’s efforts to support the common good of our neighborhood. While the University will continue to serve throughout the Erie region, across the United States and in various countries, Erie-GAINS will aid the University in focusing its efforts to maximize its impact in a well-defined, contiguous and manageable University neighborhood.

    Erie-GAINS coordinates strategic initiatives between the University, government agencies, community organizations and businesses to stimulate positive change and improve the sustainability and viability of downtown Erie and the neighborhoods surrounding campus. The initiative will bring greater focus to Gannon's existing efforts aimed at experiential learning, such as internships and co-ops, service-learning projects, civic engagement, community service, research and programming by focusing on urban development issues including, but not limited to, education, health and well-being, the economy, public safety, neighborhood revitalization and the environment.


    • To intentionally coordinate Gannon’s community interactions so that they are productive, proactive, more meaningful and increasingly focused on the Erie-GAINS Neighborhood;
    • To focus social and civic engagement efforts and community partnerships to support the Erie-GAINS neighborhood, neighbors, schools, centers of worship and other organizations; and
    • To align the planning of the University with the challenges of the neighborhood through the concentration of University efforts (service-learning, faculty and student research, internships, course curriculum and targeted academic program development) in the neighborhood.

    Goals and Objectives

    • Further increase the mission-oriented development of students, faculty and staff.
    • Focus academically-based social and civic engagement efforts (internships, service-learning, service, research, programming) and community partnerships to support the common good of the Erie-GAINS neighborhood.
    • Be a key partner with the City of Erie, non-profits, businesses, centers of worship, and schools in improving and revitalizing our downtown Erie neighborhood.
    • Create a continuum of opportunities for engagement that provide shared knowledge and results that will benefit residents, the community and the University.
    • Fundamentally change the targeted community to become a place where people want to live.


    • The University will adopt holistic and interdisciplinary approaches to community development.
    • Gannon will be a primary partner working to shape a sustainable community.
    • The University will grow and institutionalize service and service-learning projects in the targeted neighborhood.
    • Gannon graduates will go on to become leaders in the community and with national and international organizations where they will continue to develop and nurture civic and social engagements.
    • Neighborhood residents will see Gannon as a partner and the University of Choice.
    • Incoming students will select Gannon as the University of Choice for its commitment to their development as well as its commitment to the community.
    • Neighborhood characteristics (quality and affordable housing, safety, etc) will improve.
    • Neighborhood amenities will be developed or enhanced.
  • Erie-GAINS

    Phone: 814-871-5584
    Toll Free: 1-800-426-6668

    Office Location:
    Old Main
    109 W. Sixth St.