What Will You Do November 14?

Volunteer-led service projects will take place around the globe on Emory Cares International Service Day November 14.

By Michelle Valigursky

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Emory Cares International Service Day volunteer-led projects take place all over the world.

A global effort to serve humanity began with a simple dream more than 13 years ago -- a dream to unite the Emory community with a common goal of doing good. With thousands of people served in hundreds of projects in communities across the world, the annual Emory Cares International Service Day has become a passionate movement.

Now, stocking area food banks, displaying and caring for the AIDS Memorial Quilt, making meals for shelters, reviving children’s playgrounds, filling “Dress for Success” closets, and packing backpacks for schoolchildren are just a few of the ways Emory alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends will share their compassion for communities on Emory Cares International Service Day this November 14.

Founded in 2003 by Renelda Mack 83C, then president of the Emory Alumni Board, Emory Cares International Service Day has become a signature program of the Emory Alumni Association. Each year since its founding, volunteer participation has grown. The Emory Alumni Association partnered with Volunteer Emory in 2006, which led to increasing numbers of undergraduate and graduate student participants. Emory Cares was recognized for its valuable contribution in Emory's receipt of the 2008 Presidential Award for General Community Service—the highest award of its kind a university can receive.

Family participation in these meaningful projects is encouraged. “Each year my family and I take part in an Emory Cares project,” says Michelle Valigursky, associate director of alumni communications for the Emory Alumni Association. “We’ve worked with parents and their children to make lunches for area shelters, served food to hungry people in need, organized a local school, and even built a neighborhood playground. Every Emory Cares project gives us a chance to show our appreciation for the many blessings we have and give back to worthy individuals and volunteer-led projects in our communities.”

Editor's Note: Join the Emory community on Saturday, November 14 by registering to participate in Emory Cares at http://alumni.emory.edu/emorycares. If you have questions about Emory Cares International Service Day, please contact Venus Austin at venus.austin@emory.edu.

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Michelle Valigursky