Throughout the pandemic, SWAB has found new and exciting ways to continue our involvement with the Athens community...

Here's what we've been up to!

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Bulldawgs Against Hunger 2020

In the summer of 2020, SWAB members saw the need to continue developing a sustainable relationship with Athens, especially during a time when the communities that SWAB serves were largely impacted by COVID-19. Quickly, we joined forces with 34 other UGA organizations to begin a new initiative: Bulldawgs Against Hunger. Together, in support of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, this campus-wide fundraiser raised 39,640 meals over three weeks! Follow the link below to learn more.

https://www.bulldawgsagainsthunger.org

SWAB Event Day 2020

When fall semester began, SWAB was faced with the obstacle of how to continue to show our love for our community during the ongoing pandemic. Rather than choosing to forgo Event Day entirely, we chose to divide what was previously one large event into two separate days! At all times, the safety of our mentees and their families was of utmost priority. This new event focused on continuing to celebrate the value of the Athens community in a time when both mentees and mentors alike were in need of the joyful interaction that Event Day usually holds.

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Mentor Event Day 2020

The first Event Day was only for mentors, as over 300 SWAB mentors were paired with a mentee and given their mentee’s wish list! On Event Day, the mentors arrived at Walmart during their scheduled shift to shop for their mentee. After the mentors checked out, each gift was wrapped and put in a bag with a nametag!

Mentee Event Day 2020

Mentee Event Day was structured as a drive-through event where mentees and their families from 15 different Athens schools had their holiday bags delivered to their cars in a socially distanced manner. In 2020, we were able to invite 401 mentees to participate in the event! As the cars drove by, they were cheered on by our SWAB team! While we didn’t get to interact with our mentees in the usual way, the drive-through helped to make our 2020 Event Day so memorable and happy

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Bulldawgs Against Hunger 2021

This spring, we are helping to bring back Bulldawgs Against Hunger in a more interactive, involved way! The fundraiser this spring will still be aimed at providing meals to the mentees that we work with, yet this time it will be through a student-sponsored mobile pantry! By once again partnering with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia as well as other UGA organizations, Athens children will be able to receive meal bags and school supplies for the upcoming year in a drive-through fashion.