Hosted Events

Hosted Events

AIDS Walk is an annual event that raises funds to benefit AIDS organizations.

Each October, thousands of individuals, organizations and corporations unite in the spirit of caring and giving by participating in the largest and most visible fundraising event for AIDS in the southeast; AIDS Walk Atlanta.

The 2014 AIDS Walk took place on October 19, 2014. We look forward to another great year of participation in 2015!

Looking for a meaningful way to spend your Winter or Spring Break? Join us and other students with a heart for service for a week of community service in cities across the Southeast States during Winter Break and Spring Break.

Contact Jennifer Bodnar, 404-413-1552, to learn more. You can also join the Panther Breakaway/Alternative Breaks group on OrgSync.

This year, we are offering the trips listed below.

Winter 2014: Wednesday, December 17 – Sunday, December 21

  1. Childhood Education: Dahlonega, Ga
  2. Race Relations and Civil Rights: Memphis, TN
  3. Technological Literacy: Myrtle Beach, SC
  4. Women’s Issues: Knoxville, TN

Spring 2015: Sunday, March 15 – Saturday, March 21

  1. Environmental Issues & Sustainability: Asheville, NC
  2. Urban Education: New Orleans, LA
  3. Entrepreneurship & Business Management in Nonprofit Organizations: Orlando, FL
  4. Nutrition and Health Promotion: Hilton Head, SC

Interested in international service? Join us in Costa Rica for our inaugural international service trip during Maymester 2015!

Contact Alicia Bellezza-Watts, 404-413-1551, to express interest in the international trip.

Together, the Red Cross Club and the Office of Civic Engagement host several blood drives each academic year.

If your student club would like to co-sponsor a blood drive, please contact Alicia Bellezza-Watts, 404-413-1551. Co-sponsoring organization responsibilities include advertising the event and providing volunteers to staff the event on the day of the blood drive. Volunteers may even be able to wear the Blood Drop costume!

The next blood drive is on Thursday, November 20, 2014. For an appointment, please visit and enter sponsor code georgiasu. Walk-ins are also welcome!

The Office of Civic Engagement hosts Coffee Talks every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. in University Center 430. Free coffee and light refreshments provided! Each morning we discuss different social justice issues. Leaders from various non-profits are also invited to add their input to the discussions. The dates and topics for the Spring 2015 semester are listed below:

January 20: Got Privilege? Racial Profiling
January 27: Dying to Survive: A Conversation on Drugs
February 3: My Ability is Stronger than My Disability
February 10: Ethnic Cleansing
February 17: Illegal Immigration vs. Amnesty
February 24: Social Responsibility in Corporate America
March 3: Is Eating Meat Murder: Animal Rights
March 10: One Nation Underfed
March 24: Bully Free Zone
March 31: Censorship of History: The Untold Stories
April 7: Pornography and the Sex Trade
April 14: When did He Stop Treating You like a Princess?

The Panther Community Plunge is our first large-scale day of service that introduces first-year and returning students at Georgia State University to the numerous social issues faced by Atlanta communities.

During Panther Welcome Week, student volunteers and staff leaders participate in service projects dealing with a variety of issues from the environment to homelessness.

We had a great day of service on Saturday, September 6, 2014. We look forward to having you join us next year!

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day for helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. This annual event takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

Participate with the Office of Civic Engagement or create your own service project! It can be as large or as small as you wish – just take a look around your community and see what needs to be done. Click here to visit the official website.

The MLK Day of Service is an annual event that is held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rather than host just one day of service, we honor the legacy of Dr. King with a week of service.  Each year hundreds of thousands of people engage in MLK projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on Dr. King’s life and teachings.

We will release our MLK service projects soon. Stay tuned!

National Volunteer Week is an annual event created by President Richard Nixon in 1974 to celebrate volunteering. During National Volunteer Week, awards are presented to deserving volunteers who shown acts of generosity and kindness. This week of service occurs during the month of April.

We will release our National Volunteer Week service projects and events soon. Stay tuned!

The Office of Civic Engagement and University Career Services have joined forces to sponsor the Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair. Each semester, Atlanta area nonprofit organizations attend this two-day fair to meet with Georgia State University students, faculty and staff!

These agencies offer a wide variety of volunteer and internship opportunities, as well as a wealth of information on the work they do for Atlanta communities. Students, faculty and staff have the chance to interact and explore these organizations and to find opportunities that meet their specific needs.

The next fair will take place in April 2015.

Trick or Treat Fest is a fun program that provides children with a safe zone for trick or treating, as well as other fun activities including story telling, face painting, a Halloween themed movie and a haunted house.  This event is hosted by various Greek organizations on campus.

To find out more information about the Trick or Treat Fest, please contact Jennifer Bodnar, 404-413-1552.