Emory Cares Showcases Emory Alumni’s Commitment to Service

Almost 1,600 members of the Emory community came together to take part in the 16th annual Emory Cares International Service Day, exemplifying the Emory commitment to service. Enjoy a glimpse of three of these projects.

By Gabe Wardell
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In the service of humanity.

It’s right there in Emory’s mission statement: “To create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.”

So, it should come as no surprise that nearly 1,600 volunteers from the Emory family—in 64 cities and 13 countries worldwide—gave back during the 16th annual Emory Cares International Service Day earlier this month on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Emory Cares—a partnership between the Emory Alumni Association and Volunteer Emory—allows alumni and students to support causes they believe in: planting trees, packing medical supplies for those in need, tending to community gardens, cleaning neighborhoods and picking-up trash, feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, and more.

By providing a rallying point around which to volunteer time and energy, this popular annual tradition allows alumni to fuel their passion for service ignited on Emory’s campus.

Here are a few stories shared by alumni via email and social media amplifying Emory’s impact on the world:


“We held our Emory Cares Day in Madrid this past Saturday, November 16, 2019 and were pleased to get together once again with alums and several of their children to serve a hot breakfast to over 350 homeless people at the Comedor Ave Maria, in downtown Madrid. This food shelter, which sits in the basement of a small chapel, has been in existence and serving food to the homeless since 1611.”
~Michael Di Santo 84C

Tom Highlands 87C posted on Facebook about his project at More Than Words on Facebook.


Tom Highlands

Kaleigh Emerson 10PH tweeted photos from Community First Village in Austin.


Kaleigh Emerson

As members of the Emory community, we strive for excellence—while also aiming to do good in the world. We do this in a variety of ways—volunteering time at Emory Cares, sharing expertise through mentorships—and by giving financial support to causes that matter most on #GivingTuesday.

Because we know you care deeply about improving the world, we invite you to join the community of Emory alumni who are discovering all the ways we can help make the world a better place through Emory on #GivingTuesday at momentum.emory.edu.

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