The Union Recorder

December 13, 2012

Baldwin GIVEs to go beyond volunteerism

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Giving back to the community is more than just a feeling of selflessness. As the second satellite center of the Georgia College GIVE (Georgia College Involved in Volunteer Efforts), Baldwin GIVEs has provided high school students with various volunteer opportunities at school organizations and community nonprofits.

Since opening its office at the Baldwin College & Career Academy in August, around 46 students have registered with Baldwin GIVEs, logging nearly 1,600 volunteer hours as of Wednesday. Baldiwn High seniors Chelsey Adams, public relations, Kadeidra Choice, director, and Tamariel Simmons, data entry collector, operate Baldwin GIVEs and promote volunteer opportunities to get involved in school and community events and activities with school peers.

The Georgia College GIVE Center, kicking off its efforts in 1997, serves as the volunteerism clearinghouse empowering students to make a difference by linking them to the needs of the community. Georgia College GIVE Center Director Kendall Stiles hopes Baldwin GIVEs will get teens connected with the community to meet its need while also finding their individual passions for life.

Baldwin High CTAE Director Teresa Phillips said Baldwin GIVEs staff will earn high school credit as well as gain valuable employability skills that can be carried for a lifetime during their internship in the work-based learning program.

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