More than 1,200 Gannon volunteers participated in the University's 23rd annual GIVE Day.
More than 1,200 Gannon University volunteers served their local and national communities through Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere Day Saturday, Sept. 19, representing the largest participation in its 23-year history.
As part of the University’s annual GIVE Day celebration, Gannon students, employees, alumni and families reported to approximately 50 service sites in Erie, Pa. and Ruskin, Fla., joining efforts to continue supporting neighbors safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Alumni across the nation also participated in serving their communities individually or with families.
GIVE Day took place at Erie locations such as the Sisters of St. Joseph and Our West Bayfront neighborhoods, L’Arche Erie Inc. and the Martin Luther King Center.
GIVE Day was scheduled to coincide with International Coastal Clean-Up, a worldwide effort to clean coastal shores of debris. Erie volunteers were located at Presque Isle State Park and the Erie Bluffs State Park to participate in this initiative.
Gannon volunteers were required to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines, including self-monitoring for temperatures and completing a wellness survey prior to arrival on site, and wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing during the event.
Key projects included:
Our West Bayfront, Bayfront MiniMall
> Volunteers participated in landscaping efforts to improve the Bayfront MiniMall Grass Lot and prepare it to become a picnic area with new landscaping and public art installations.
> Volunteer activities included picking up litter, mulching trees, weeding, replanting the park’s center mounds, and repainting benches to improve the park’s landscaping appeal.