College of Social Sciences Prepared to Give Back at First College Service Day

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The University of West Georgia College of Social Sciences partnered with the Community Foundation of West Georgia will hold its first ever all-college day of service on Friday, Oct. 18, from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. The event, themed “Event for Impact: COSS Day of Serving Humanity and Doing Public Good,” is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to express their commitment to the community by volunteering services to local nonprofit organizations and service projects.

“When I first brought the idea of a service day to our college, I sought input on which nonprofit we should partner with,” said Dr. Amber Smallwood, associate dean of the UWG’s College of Social Sciences. “The response was clear—we couldn’t choose just one! Partnering with the Community Foundation of West Georgia allowed us to create a one-day event that will have a substantial impact on several local nonprofits—both through the service itself and the relationship that will grow between the organizations and the university community.”

Throughout the day faculty, staff and students will serve at four different non-profits. At Manna House, a house for children and adults experiencing poverty, UWG volunteers will organize and inventory food pantry donations. At Hope House, a shelter for men experiencing poverty, volunteers will complete grounds work. There will also be a park and road cleanup in partnership with Keep Carroll Beautiful. Lastly at the Carroll County Humane Society for animals will collect used blankets and towels in addition to exercising shelter animals.

Smallwood says the response from students, faculty and staff has been tremendous. “We had nearly 50 people sign up within 48 hours of announcing the first all-college service day on email.”

“Every day, the College of Social Sciences at UWG serves humanity and does public good through teaching, scholarship and service, said Smallwood. “The all-College day of service is another opportunity to increase our civic engagement and grow our own awareness of some of the needs and resources in our local community.”