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On November 11, Emory Will Demonstrate the Spirit of Community

Across the world, as it has done for each of the past 14 years, the Emory community will gather together in service projects on the second Saturday in November to celebrate Emory Cares International Service Day.

By Michelle Valigursky

Happy volunteers at the 2016 Emory Cares International Service Day project at Matheny Medical and Educational Center Full Circle event.

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Across the world, as it has done for each of the past 14 years, the Emory community will gather together in service projects on the second Saturday in November to celebrate Emory Cares International Service Day.

This core program of the Emory Alumni Association helps build the university’s presence and positive influence in communities around the world. In 2016 alone, 1,595 volunteers shared 4,322 service hours for 90 service projects in 56 cities and nine countries.

“We were extremely pleased with last year’s turnout,” Ariane O’Dea, director of global alumni relations for the Emory Alumni Association, said. “The spirit of community in our alumni network is contagious, and we believe this will continue to be one of our strongest programs for years to come.”

Since its inception in 2003, Emory alumni, faculty, staff, family, and friends unite with pride and tradition to serve community groups and non-profit organizations on Emory Cares International Service Day, founded by Renelda Mack 83C, a former Emory Alumni Board president. The program’s legacy includes more than 10,000 volunteers who have served more than 100 organizations in 35 countries. 

In addition, the important Emory Cares partnership between Volunteer Emory and the Emory Alumni Association has flourished to enrich both campus and community.

“It is always a pleasure to collaborate with student groups on campus,” O’Dea said. “They are the future of the alumni association. Serving humanity is at the heart of Emory’s mission, and getting students involved early on will only make it more likely for them to carry it on post-graduation, to the benefit of their new communities.”

This year in New Jersey, volunteers may join project leaders Jodi Sydell Rosenzweig 80C and Charlie Rosenzweig 80C 80G at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center Full Circle event in Peapack. Matheny is a special hospital and school for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. The Full Circle annual showcase features fine and performing art created by Matheny artists. Emory Cares volunteers “will help with set up and greet guests, take tickets and serve as ushers, cover the beverage service, but mostly to supervise/man vendor tables – handle guest purchases, provide change, record sales and tax, and handle donations.”


Daniel Rau 13B invites Emory alumni to become mentors for a day through Veterati, “a digital mentoring platform that empowers Veterans and military spouses to book direct phone-calls with members of the military passionate tribe," adding that the "tribe" includes Veterans, military-passionate civilians, and employers who want to hire Veterans. Rau goes on to say, “Through these individualized conversations, mentors level-up Veteran talent to become focused, confident, and interview-ready candidates -- and land the jobs of their dreams. Mentoring is a fantastic way to enrich an individual’s life."

The Emory Alumni Association and Veterati are partnering to provide alumni with the opportunity to support this community by using personal career and professional growth experiences to advise and accelerate the future of those that served in the U.S. military. Just a few hours on mentor calls each month can make a real difference. This opportunity is especially timely, as Emory Cares falls on Veterans Day this year.

Ready to Volunteer?

To sign up for a project in your region, visit www.alumni.emory.edu/emorycares. Registration information and project definitions are provided.

“If you would like to volunteer but do not live in a project area, Emory Cares Everywhere was designed to incorporate independent service projects globally,” O’Dea explains. “Throughout the month of November, every member of the Emory University community can participate in a service event, no matter where they are in the world. In recognition of their effort, we’ll send them an Emory Cares t-shirt.”

Register your own Emory Cares Everywhere project.

View photo galleries from Emory Cares International Service Day 2016.

Volunteer service project coordinators work with the guidance and assistance from the Emory Alumni Association. If you would like to volunteer your leadership, please contact ariane.Odea@emory.edu.