Gamma Sigma Sigma

Daily Point of Light # 3292 Sep 18, 2006

Gamma Sigma Sigma is traditionally a service organization, but they are more than what you see in an average service organization. By the end of this year, this group will have completed 10,865 hours of service since they were founded at Georgia College & State University in 1997. This group does all types of service for many different agencies in their community as well as being very active on campus.

They have participated in intramural sports and have attended campus activities and diversity programs. Many of them are members of other student organizations and often hold leadership positions in some of them. They have co-sponsored and participated in many programs including Think Pink Week, AIDS Awareness Week, Good Neighbors Clean Up, Make A Difference Day, Collegiate Challenge with Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity, Maranatha Mission Home, St. Stephen's Food Pantry, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics, Children Medical Hospital, Blood Drives, Mary Vinson Library Casino Night, Baby sitting with DEFACS, Clothesline Project, Project Impact, Domestic Violence Programs, Empty Bowls, the Potato Drop, and Relay for Life. Many of them have been student coordinators for different programs in the GIVE Center.

This group has received the National Service Merit Award from Gamma Sigma Sigma due to the wonderful things that these students at GC&SU are doing. The volunteers are such a valuable resource in Baldwin County and have been given the opportunity to build the bonds not only with faculty, staff, and university administrators but also with community members. In the Past, the Zeta Omicron Chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma at GC&SU had the honor as being named the National Chapter of the Year, and also had one of their members, Ms. Aliceson Burkart a former President was named as the National Sister of the Year. These are two well-deserved honors.

The past 4 years, together with The GIVE Center, this group has sponsored the annual potato drop. They worked to write a grant in the amount of $2,350 fund this program. During this event we had close to 170 volunteers that gave back over 500 service hours to the community and were able to feed over 135,000 people throughout 8 countries. Four years ago this event was also part of the Unity of Spirit Initiative in Conjunction with President Bush and The Points of Light Foundation where you can complete a service project in honor of someone who lost their life during September 11th.

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