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One-Time Service Events to Make an Impact

Our Signature Service Events are opportunities to engage in service with large numbers of peers for on a one-time basis.  Participate individually to meet new people, serve with your friends, or strengthen a group or team!

We realize the limits of what we can achieve in one day.  Our hope is that all event participants will understand challenges facing DC and will take advantage of our other ongoing service opportunities to make a deeper impact.

We also are always looking for leaders.  As events approach, be on the lookout for opportunities to apply to lead, or sign up for the trip.  Click here to keep posted!


All Annual Signature Service Events

 

César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Day 

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César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Day is an annual day of celebration and call to action at the George Washington University hosted by the Multicultural Student Services Center, Cisneros Hispanic Institute, RGSLL Department/ Spanish Program, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, and Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. 

Honoring the life, work, and values of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, this event is a unique and exciting opportunity to join together as a community of dedicated individuals and organizations committed to ensuring the continued legacy of two of our foremost human rights activists, and true American heroes.

 

3rd Annual César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Day Celebration Schedule

Hailing Cesar Film Screening - Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Join Eduardo Chavez, grandson to civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, in a screening and discussion of his documentary, Hailing Cesar. In the film, Eduardo embarks on a journey to connect with his grandfathers legacy. He begins work as a farm-worker, picking grapes in the field, like his father and grandfather before him, and learns first hand the kind of work that goes into putting fruits and vegetables on peoples plates. Through his personal journey, as he reconnects with his families legacy, we learn about Ceasar Chavez's plight to create equality for farm-workers as well as the current conditions that they face in the fields and back at home.

5:00pm-6:00pm: Pre-Screening Reception - Phillips Hall Room 511 (801 22nd Street NW)

6:00-8:00pm: Hailing Cesar Screening and Discussion - Marvin Center 309 (800 21st Street NW)

César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Day- Friday, March 30th, 2018

Please join us in celebrating the life and legacy of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta through a day-long celebration that will include student artwork exhibitions, interactive workshops, student and DC community organization displays, performances, panel discussions, and much more!

9:30am-4:00pm: Values Fair, Workshops, and Museum - Marvin Center 3rd and 4th floors (800 21st Street NW

Values Fair (Marvin Center 309): Meet GW organizations, departments, and DC organizations whose work embodies the core values of Cesar Chavez!

Workshops (Marvin Center 307 & 308): Attend any of our 45-minute workshops designed to celebrate César Chávez and Dolores Huerta's lives, work, and commitment to reform.

Museum (Marvin Center 310): Explore our artwork exhibition of photos, poems, paintings, and other interactive forms of artwork from GW students and community members.

6:00-8:00: Closing Program -  Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (800 21st Street NW)

Our closing program will include a panel on the LatinX experience, a speech from Eduardo Chavez, filmmaker and grandson to Cesar Chavez, a spoken word performance from GW Alumna Liz Acevedo, and many other distinguished guests! Refreshments will be served.

 

Interested in Participating?

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are all invited to attend. In addition to joining us as a participant, you are also invited to be a part of the day as a logistics volunteer, Values Fair table, or workshop facilitator!

Logistic Volunteers 

We are looking for logistic volunteers for our Hailing César Film Screening on the 29th and throughout the entire day on the 30th. Volunteers will help us direct participants on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Marvin Center, assist with set-up and take-down, and ensure the day runs smoothly.

SIGN-UP AS A LOGISTIC VOLUNTEER HERE

 

Values Fair Tabling

Set up as a tabling event, the Values Fair will have three time blocks (9:30-12:0012:20-2:002:00-3:30) in which you and your organization can sign-up to "table". Your organization will be 1 of 12-15 other groups that will have the opportunity to network with approximately 500 members of the GW Community! As a part of tabling, your organization will select one of Chávez's Ten Core Values and present your work/mission through the lens of that value, identifying how your work embodies that particular value(s). 

Please note that this is a nonpartisan event and does not represent an endorsement.

SIGN-UP TO TABLE  WITH OUR VALUES FAIR HERE

 

Workshops

Through 45-minute workshops, we hope to educate the greater George Washington community on the life and works of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, advocate for social justice issues that still affect our society and, most of all, celebrate the service and commitment to reform that Chávez and Huerta embodied every day of their lives. 

Please note: Your proposed workshops can take many forms! They can be educational, advocacy-based, a panel, presentation, or art/music performances on a topic of your choice related to social justice and/or the Latinx community.

SIGN-UP TO HOST A WORKSHOP HERE

 

We look forward to sharing together in this celebration and call to action!

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Freshman Day of Service and Convocation (FDoS)

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About

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, The George Washington University will host the tenth annual Freshman Day of Service and Convocation event officially welcoming the Class of 2022 into the Colonials community! President LeBlanc, Provost Maltzman, faculty, staff, and student leaders will join the Class of 2022 at the Smith Center and then throughout the District of Columbia in a day filled with engaging speakers, direct service projects, reflection, and fun.

Last year, over 2,200 students, faculty, and staff participated in the event focused on the theme Tomorrow, Together. Read more about last year's event on GW Today or check out the video

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a member of the Class of 2022, do I need to register or sign-up to participate in Freshman Day of Service and Convocation?

Nope! As a member of the newest class of Colonials, you are already registered for the event. All you need to do is check-in on the dya of the event and arrive at the Charles E. Smith Center before 11am.

 

Where do I check-in and when?

Your leader will send you information about when and where to check-in via email at the start of the school year. Please note that your check-in hub is based on your residence hall.

  • Thurston, Potomac, and Mithchell Hall residents will check in between 9:30am and 10:40am in their residence halls
  • All students living on the Mount Vernon Campus will check in between 9:00am and 10:40 am in the Eckles Auditorium
  • All other students will check in between 9:30am and 10:40am in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

What should I bring to Freshman Day of Service and Convocation?

Enthusiasm! As well as wear close-toed shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and any medication that you need to take during the day or in case of an emergency (epipen, insulin, etc...). Your leader will aslo let you know about anything else you may need to bring to your specific service sites.

 

What are we given at Freshman Day of Service and Convocation?

Upon checkin-in, you will receive a nametag with all your information for the day, a resusable water bottle, a Freshman Day of Service and Convocation t-shirt, and boxed lunch!

 

Have more questions?

You can contact us with question at [email protected].

Current Student and Staff

Freshman Day of Service and Convocation are great oppurtunities to welcome the incoming class, build community, and promote citizen and leadership in service and academics.

 

Current Students: We invite you to serve as a logistics volunteer for the Class of 2022's Freshman Day of Service! Logisitcs Volunteers play a critical role in the day helping freshmen to check in at their residence halls, distributing lunch boxes, and assisting with set-up and supplies.

 

Staff: We invite you to serve alongside the Class of 2022 and/or serve as a logistics volunteer. Logistics volunteers will serve from 9am-12pm and service will occur from 12pm-5pm.

 

 

Questions?

 

Contact us at [email protected]

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Give-A-Gift

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Give-A-Gift is a signature event and tradition at the George Washington University where members of the GW community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) provide holiday gifts to families in Washington, DC. Each individual sponsored receives a minimum of 3 holiday gifts-- a clothing item, an educational or household item, and a toy or "fun" gift. In total, we ask that donors spend a minimum of $75 per individual.

How it Works

Participating individuals and teams spend $75 on each individual of a family. You, your peers in a student organization, coworkers in your office, members of your sports team and more, are expected to give three gifts to each individual you sponsor:

  • One clothing gift
  • One fun or recreational gift
  • One housing gift (for adults) or educational gift (for children)

Families are identified by DC agencies and Community Partners, including Academy of Hope, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CentroNia, the Latin American Youth Center, the Transitional Housing Corporation, and S.T.A.R.S Mentoring Organization.

 

Traditionally, student organizations, teams, and offices have sponsored a family collectively. By sharing the costs equitably among members, it becomes much more affordable to spread extra holiday cheer to community partners in need.

 

REGISTER FOR GIVE-A-GIFT

 

Questions?

 

Email [email protected] or contact the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at 202-994-9900.


MLK Day of Service and Leadership

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About

As part of the GW celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to participate in a day of service, leadership development, and interfaith dialogue.  MLK Day of Service and Leadership is sponsored by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service, with support from the Multicultural Services Center and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement. Last year, over 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered for the opening program with keynote speakers and headed to service sites both on- and off-campus as well as leadership workshops.

Interested in Participating?

Registration for MLK Day of Service and Leadership will be open until we reach capacity. Individuals and groups may register to participate in the day of service and leadership workshops. If you are registering as a group please note that final lists of all participant names are due by Friday December 8th. Please note that groups are limited to 40 members.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members can participate.

REGISTER HERE

Schedule - Monday, Janurary 15th, 2018

  • 10:00am-11am: Check-in - Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (800 21st Street NW)

  • 11:00 am: Opening Program & Keynote Speaker - Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St NW)

  • 11:45 am: Dismissals and Lunch (On-Campus: Marvin Center Continental Ballroom; Off-Campus: Kogan Plaza)

  • 12:30pm-3:00pm: Off-Campus Service

  • 12:30pm-1: 45 pm: On-Campus Block-One (Workshop OR Mobile Project)

  • 1:45pm-3: 00 pm: On-Campus Block-Two (Workshop OR Mobile Project)

  • 3:00 pmService Ends

On-Campus: Workshops & Mobile Project Information 

Workshops

All workshops will maintain a distinct focus on the values of Dr. King. These values include, but are not limited to, social justice, advocacy, community engagement and empowerment, non-violence, diversity, and cross-cultural communication:

  • Issues & Advocacy: Countering racism, classism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice. This track will feature workshops on active forms of civic work including but not limited to creative community building, online organizing and techniques, working with elected representatives, building coalitions, creative public relations, and communications.
  • Leadership & Civic Development: This track will feature workshops focused on individual skills and benefits. “How to” topics for enhancing personal leadership development and civic competencies.
  • Reflections on King: This track will address how Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy influences the work we engage in today or how we, as a community, can continue to strive to achieve the goals he laid out in his lifetime.

Mobile Service Projects:

Off-Campus Service Project Information

In partnership with schools and community-based non-profit organizations, we will host beautification and other volunteer projects that address an identified community need within the DC-area. Check out a list of this year's off-campus service projects below:

  • A Wider Circle: Volunteers will load vehicles, organize shelves in the showroom, and organize the storage basement.
  • Asylum Seekers Assistance Project: Volunteers will be repaint job skills training classrooms and build new office furniture.
  • Drew Elementary School: Volunteers will repaint the stairwell, paint quotes in staircases, and organize library books.
  • Little Friends for Peace: Volunteers will organize their art classroom and host a community event involving music, art, and food celebrating Dr. King’s legacy.
  • Malcolm X Elementary School: Volunteers will paint a mural on the exterior of the building by the playground.
  • Turner Elementary School: Volunteers will be painting a "calming room" for students to use in times of stress and will decorate floor pillows for the space.
  • U.S. Vets: Volunteers will organize four storage rooms and create an inventory of supplies
  • West Education Campus: Volunteers will be making reusable banners to be displayed all over the school and will be building set design for their school musical, Annie.
  • Whittier Education Campus: Volunteers will create signs in various languages to be placed all around campus, organize the school library, and clean classrooms.

Questions?

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] or 202-994-9900.

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Veteran Service Initiative

Veteran's Day of Service

About

The VSI is geared towards a community-based solution for meeting the needs of student veterans and service members.

Mission

The mission of the Veteran Service Initiative is to connect student service members with service opportunities that build upon their military careers and assist with their transition to student life, while leveraging their experiences and skills to strengthen and elevate neighborhoods across Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.
 
Vision
The VSI at GW will increase the number of both high quality episodic and longer term service opportunities available to the student veteran community. The VSI and its supportive students, will work in tandem with the key community partners to identify the most pertinent need areas across the region and marshal the resources necessary to most aptly meet those needs. In doing so, the VSI will establish strategic benchmarks to measure its internal and external impact. 
 

Veteran Day of Service (VDoS)
On March 24, 2018, the Veteran Service Initiative of George Washington University’s Honey Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service and GW’s Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, will call upon GW students, faculty and staff and local community partners to participate in the annual Veterans Day of Service (VDOS).

The focus for this year’s annual signature event of service centers on serving those who serve through renovation, landscaping, and other projects geared towards improving the quality of life for the veteran community. We invite you to join us as we continue to create change through our community service efforts! You can sign up as an individual or as a group.

REGISTER HERE

Questions?

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]edu. Learn more about GW Veterans here.

Check out the GW Today Story on Veterans Day of Service 2017.

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A Year of Service

Shown to over 30,000 people at Commencement, this short video thanks Michelle Obama for issuing her challenge and shows how GW students volunteered 163,980 hours.