April 01, 2010 — Coral Gables — Now more than ever, volunteerism is so important given this poor economic climate and the devastations happening all over the world like the earthquake in Haiti. Leading into the Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting at the University of Miami on April16-18, a civic engagement campaign was developed by a Public Relations class at UM’s School of Communication.
In partnership with the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, UM is hosting the first-ever “Give Back Week” on its Coral Gables campus April 5-9 with an array of events aimed at inspiring students to volunteer for local and national nonprofit organizations.
“Give Back Week” consists of three days, April 5-7 from 11 a.m-2 p.m., where students can sign up to volunteer at different organizations. At the “Give Back Fair”, each day showcases organizations with a specific focus. Monday will focus on social services agencies, Tuesday will focus on arts & culture, and Wednesday will focus on environmental agencies. Participating organizations include Miami Children’s Hospital, Camillus House, Food for the Poor, Arsht Center for Performing Arts, Miami Children’s Museum, Girl Scouts and many more. The UM community can learn more about these nonprofits and sign up to help with specific projects. Outside on the Patio stage DJs and other live entertainment will rock volunteers as they enjoy free pizza, refreshments, raffle tickets and other promotional giveaways. On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., “Give Back Week” goes Hollywood with an award-winning feature movie, Entertaining Angels, about the life of the social activist, Dorothy Day. Guest host Dr. Maria Teresa Morgan from St. John Vianney College will introduce the film in the Learning Center, Room 120.
“Give Back Week” culminates with an “I’m Getting Engaged” Rally on the Rock on Friday, April 9 at 11 a.m. UM’s Pre-Veterinary U Society hosts its ever-popular “Dog Wash for the Cats” to benefit the Cat Network of Miami, a feline rescue organization, the Ibis will make a special appearance, and refreshments, raffle prizes and music will create a party atmosphere.
All week long the UM campus community will participate in a Clinton Global Initiative-Give Back Week drive in partnership with the Honor Council, Lead Serve, L.I.N.K and STRIVE to collect children's books, canned food and school supplies for the Institutional Commitment Project for the Clinton Global Initiative University and the Homeless Assistance Center. Collection points will be in each residential college, the UC Breezeway and Richter Library lobby through April 12. UM’s Bookstore will offer discounts on school supplies for the collection. UM’s Richter Library also will host a special display on the second floor featuring materials that focus on community service.
Give Back Week is the brainchild of a group of public relations seniors in a PR Campaigns class this semester under the direction of Dr. Donn Tilson, an associate professor of public relations in UM’s School of Communication. They conceived, planned and are implementing their idea, which they consider their “senior legacy” and which they hope will be an annual tradition at UM.
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