More than 1,000 Georgia Regents University staff and students are expected to participate in the university’s Day of Service on Sept. 12, working with 40 organizations to provide community service across the Augusta area.
The annual event, which drew hundreds of participants last year, seeks to “give back” to the community that GRU works with daily, said spokeswoman Karyn Nixon of the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs.
“It’s a way for us to give back to those that need it most. The Augusta community supports us throughout the year, so it’s very appropriate for us to find ways to support it as well,” Nixon said. “It’s not just about one day service. It’s about the mindset it instills in people.”
Volunteers will perform a variety of community service during the event, including working in a nursing home for war veterans, maintaining state parks and working at food banks.
Participants will be rewarded for their labor with free admission to an open air jazz festival and barbecue held at the Barnard Amphitheatre on the university’s Summerville campus.
Nixon said she hoped the event will encourage participants to be more active in their communities throughout the year.
“This is something people can do every day of the year. It doesn’t have to be limited to just a single event,” Nixon said. “I hope this event inspires others to make everyday a day of service to the community and our neighbors.”
To register for the event, visit http://calendar.gru.edu/event/day-of-service-2015.