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Founded in 1988 and inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, The Center for Social Concerns empowers students to make community service, education for peace and justice, and civic engagement for social change an integral part of Gannon education.
Alternative Break Service Trips take students to sites both domestically and internationally for
a period of service and mutual cultural exchange over academic
breaks. The trips are based on four pillars: service,
simplicity, community, and reflection and are led by trained
student leaders with support from faculty and staff. Students
and faculty/staff interested in going on a trip can find an application on our internal website.
This annual rally against sexual assault and domestic violence
is held every spring in cooperation with the Violence Prevention
Office, Gannon Counseling Center, SafeNet Domestic Violence Safety Network, the Erie County District Attorney's
Office, and the Crime Victims Center .
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a national event
sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. It is
dedicated to raising awareness on campuses and in communities about
the realities of hunger and homelessness and what we can do about
it on the local, state, national, and international levels.
Past events, which were planned and led by student leaders, have
included keynote speakers, food basket projects, and advocacy
GIVE Day is Gannon's
Invitation to Volunteer
Everywhere. Over 1,000 students, faculty,
staff, alumni, and friends gather to volunteer in the Erie-GAINS
neighborhood, the city of Erie, and cities across the
country. This gives Gannon students the opportunity to be
present in their community, meet real needs, and support our
Day of Caring is part of the United Way's Days of Caring every
spring. Gannon encourages and facilitates students to
participate in this national service event.
Gannon encourages students to volunteer at one of the three
neighborhood after-school programs: Sister Gus' Kid's Café,
the Neighborhood Art House , and the
Bayfront NATO/Martin Luther King Center. Freshman residence halls and commuter life provide
transportation to Sister Gus' Kid's Café on a rotating basis. Upperclassmen
contact Jessie Hubert or
Post-graduate service opportunities are advertised, encouraged
and celebrated in collaboration with Campus Ministry and the Office
of Service-Learning. If you are interested in exploring
post-graduate service opportunities, please contact Laura Goble,
director of the Center for Social Concerns, at 871-7433, to set up
an appointment for one-on-one advising. In the meantime,
check out our resources!