The purpose of GIVE is to provide an opportunity for both domestic and international students to learn about American volunteerism and culture in an active, hands-on environment. GIVE encourages students to live a more balanced lifestyle that blends school work with student involvement, while providing a support system to make an ideal experience for personal growth. Students who participate in the GIVE program are able to broaden their engagement with the campus and develop awareness and a personal concept of community service.
The GIVE Program focuses on providing a diverse range of community service projects in various problem areas including poverty, homelessness and hunger, child and youth development, senior citizens, drug abuse prevention, literacy, environment and women’s rights and safety. GIVE has participated in numerous major events such as the United Way Day of Caring, Neighborhood Clean-Up, Storm Drain Painting, the Haunted Trail (at Camp Alexander), Read to Your Bunny, Ronald McDonald House Charities Pull Tab Project, and Rec Xtra After School Program.
The program is modified every semester to include new events and lessons at each meeting. GIVE students help select which projects the program will participate in, and organization representatives are often invited to introduce their service events so that students learn the importance of volunteering for a cause. Although GIVE provides volunteer projects, students are encouraged to explore service projects on their own that apply to their individual interests. The GIVE coordinator is always happy to help students find volunteer opportunities.
I learned that helping others can start from small things. I will keep volunteering after this semester. Sungryung Kim
I always thought that helping somebody is hard, but through this organization, 'GIVE', I learned how to connect and help them. Hyoeun Son
The best part of GIVE is that I could learn more about the community here in Emporia and at the same time make new friends. Ana Lucia Castro
I am glad that I joined the program because I could experience American culture in terms of volunteering. It was awesome! Kelly Kim
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. John Wesley