Social Work: Making a Difference Daily is a new blog by Brittany Myers, a sophomore social work major from Erie, Pa. Brittany will share her academic experiences as well as the activities she participates in as she prepares to be a social worker. You can reach Brittany at

social-workThanks for checking out my new blog!

For a while now, I’ve heard questions circling around Gannon’s campus about getting involved. What’s the best way to get involved and meet new people? What fun things can I do around here? I don’t have much money! What can I do? Have no fear; I can help answer these questions!

One way to get involved and socialize is participating in community service events. As a social work major and service chair in service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, I can tell you from experience that volunteering in community service is a great way to meet new people and help those in need at the same time. Helping others gives you that feeling of personal satisfaction that you did something to better your community. It’s a truly rewarding experience that I would recommend to anyone willing to spare some free time.

Gannon offers service events that unite students from different majors, years and social circles. These events encourage students to come together and work towards the same goal. Some successful events produced at Gannon include the annual Social Work Christmas Dinner; the goal of the dinner was to provide a delicious dinner and donated clothes and toys to those in need in the Erie community. It was a joy to see the excited parents and children at this event.

Another recent service event was the Spaghetti Dinner, which was organized by Gannon’s Professional Leadership Society. The dinner boosted awareness and raised money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – over $500 was raised! Woo hoo!

Various sites around Gannon offer flexible hours so even the busiest person can find a place where they can volunteer! A grand list of these sites has been provided by the Center for Social Concerns in the Office of Service Learning. The list includes such sites as after-school programs for children, helping with animals, caring for the hungry and homeless, international events and many more. Check it out!

I hope you enjoyed my first blog. Check out my next post about cool places to go around Erie 🙂 A special thanks to Edge for giving me this opportunity to share my words – I appreciate it!


Read about other volunteer events at Gannon: Helping Haiti: Gannon’s Cara Black on Call as Translator for Orphans, Spirit of Giving Lasts All Year for Fraternities, Sororities, Gannon Community Volunteers with ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’, A Record Number of Gannon Students GIVE.

Like Brittany’s blog? Check out our other academic blogs by David Reichard and Kim Inscoe.