Community Outreach
INITIATIVE NAME Community Outreach
UNIVERSITY Georgia College & State University
TAGS volunteer | cleanups | community | outreach
CONTACT Lori Strawder <sustaingc@gcsu.edu>
WEBSITES www.gcsubobcats.com/sports/golf/2014-15/releases/20140922v1pd69 | http://www.facebook.com/keepmilledgevillebaldwinbeautiful




SUMMARY

With the help of our local Keep America Beautiful Chapter, many student groups and teams are able to go out into the community and clean up litter on roadways, wetlands, and the Oconee River.



IMPACT

Numerous students groups are able to go out into the community and not only beautify the land, but also protect our local environment. Countless bags of trash and tires have been recovered from our roadways, wetlands, and the Oconee River. Students are able to see the affect they have on the land and learn what littering can do to the environment. They also learn the impact they have by just volunteering for a few hours. Instead of focusing only our college campus, we are able to go out into the community and have a larger impact with the help of Keep Milledgeville Baldwin Beautiful. 



PROCEDURE

Keep Milledgeville Baldwin Beautiful does a great job at advertising their cleanups which makes it easy for numerous student groups to get involved. These groups include the Environmental Science Club, golf team, Bridge Scholars Program, University Housing staff, GIVE Center, and more. Without this great organization it would be much more difficult to organize these groups. It also amplifies the impact our student population can have by getting out into the larger community. 



MISTAKES & LESSONS LEARNED

Showing people the impact they can have really helps promote these cleanups because it can be hard to recruit people to collect trash in their free time. Clean-ups at places in the community that students love, such as the Oconee River Greenway, really helps draw them out.



FUTURE PLANS

Continuing to work with Keep Milledgeville Baldwin Beautiful and advertise it other student groups that have not yet gotten involved.