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How to help during this year's 'Day of Caring'

Day of Caring, Gannon University, 2020

Day of Caring, Gannon University, 2020

Last week was National Volunteer Week and we had hoped to be able to celebrate it with you through our annual Day of Caring. However, because of Gannon moving to online delivery and social distancing measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, we cannot serve together in the same way. That doesn’t mean we’re going to let this opportunity to care for our neighbors and communities pass us by, though! We’d like to invite you into a few ways we can virtually observe Day of Caring.

Some ways to get involved include:

  • Within Our West Bayfront, a socially-distant neighborhood cleanup has been organized for Saturday, May 2, and neighbors and our students still living on campus have been invited to serve. You can follow Our West Bayfront on Facebook and at this website. If you would like to help with clean up in OWB and you aren’t already signed up, click here. You will be assigned a location to clean up and a site from which to pick up supplies at 2:00 pm on Friday, May 1. Getting outside is good for you; let’s make it good for our neighborhood, too! 
  • Clean up your neighborhood! Melting snow and spring winds conspire to make ever-present litter even more visible; take your family outside and help remedy that. Any community litter clean-up from April 25-May 10 will count as part of Gannon’s Day of Caring.
    • Remember to follow CDC, state, and local guidelines for safe social distancing outside
    • Please do not pick up full bottles of liquid, needles, or anything else that may be unsafe
  • Ruskin Gannon Family - HandsOn Suncoast has a dedicated COVID-19 response page to help you get involved. 
  • Tell us about it! Find us online – Twitter @GannonCSC, Facebook @Gannon University Center for Social Concerns, and Instagram @gannontravel. If you find ways to get involved, share it with the hashtag #guvirtualdoc20 and be entered to win a prize from the Center for Social Concerns and Global Exploration!
  • Report it: Students, log personal service hours through EngageU. Click on your picture or initials in the upper right-hand corner of EngageU and select “experiences.” Use the blue “add experience” dropdown to tell us about Day of Caring and all other service you did during the 2019-20 academic year!

Faculty and staff, complete the survey here. 

If you want to go deeper in supporting our community in the wake of COVID-19, click here.

Thank you for continuing to care for your neighbors, and we hope you and your loved ones stay well!


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