This week is all about volunteerism. Yesterday, a group of GGU students joined together with volunteers from other organizations to help the SF Marin Food Bank sort through almost 9,500lbs of oranges! Kudos to all the GGU students who took part and for Sushmita and the rest of the SGA for organizing such a successful event.
So why volunteer? First and foremost, it’s a chance for us all to give back. So many of us have come to the Bay Area from all over the country and the world. San Francisco is our playground and every day we have the chance to look at the views that make this one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are many people who would love to be in our position and there is so much we can do to say thank you. I know, I know, as working students, many of us don’t have much time to spare, but there is always a work around. For example, each year, on just one day, I walk the Golden Gate Bridge with the Bridgewatch Angels to assist in suicide intervention and to raise awareness for mental health issues. I also volunteer at the Sausalito Art Festival. Again, it’s only for one day, but enough people doing a couple of days soon adds up.
Of course, there are other reasons to help out. Volunteering looks great on a resume and if you can find a position in the right field, it might provide invaluable work experience that you couldn’t get otherwise. And if you’re worried that your MS in Taxation or MA in Psychology won’t give you enough exposure to your lifelong love of marine mammals, long-distance running, museums, music, food, comic books, egrets, vintage bikes or hanging out in hospitals, then great! There’s someone out there who wants to hear from you. I’m not sure where you go for egrets, but there’ll be somewhere.
Our GGU community is many thousand strong and spread across the Bay Area. We could make a huge difference – so let’s get it out there that we want to help. If you already volunteer or are motivated to start, send us your story and we’d love to feature you in a future edition of GGU Social. If you’d like to find out more about future GGU volunteering events, keep an eye on social media or drop us a line at email@example.com