By Lucy Guillory, Editor
Originally published February 2009.
This past semester Margie Varnado, business manager of GDBBS, and several GDBBS students pioneered a new graduate student service organization called GIVE (GDBBS Involved in Volunteerism at Emory). GIVE has already accomplished a lot in its initial few months.
The winter clothing drive group, headed by Meriem Gaval was a huge success. GIVE collected hundreds of coats and other clothing for men, women, and children to benefit two organizations who assist victims of domestic violence: Georgia-based La Casa de Los Angeles and Johnnie’s House.
NaTasha started the very successful Yoplait Save Lids Save Lives lid drive at Emory in support of breast cancer research and treatment. Yoplait® donates 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for every pink lid received, up to $1.5 million with a guaranteed donation of at least $500,000. Through GIVE, 999 pink lids were raised for a grand total of $99.90.
Several other service projects are also
underway. Alisha Epps lead a project to donate Christmas gifts for three disadvantaged families in the High Falls area. Also, Dr. Judy Fridovich- Keil started a bakery donation project. She works with Virginia Highlands bakery Alon’s which donates leftover bread and muffins to the Ronald McDonald House by Emory Hospital and to local homeless shelters. GIVE volunteers also recently helped the organization Project Open Hand prepare food for homeless shelters.
In light of the recent successes of GIVE, Ms. Varnado plans to expand GIVE to other graduate school departments. If you would like to help GIVE with any of their existing projects or start your own project, please contact Margie Varnado and/or visit the website at http:// sites.google.com/site/ givemory/.