Armstrong Gives Back: More Than 400 Volunteers Take Part in Treasure Savannah Day of Service

Be sure to check out the video below for a full visual recap of Fall 2013 Treasure Savannah!

(Nov. 5, 2013) On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 26, more than 400 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members gathered on the steps of Armstrong's Student Union to kick off Treasure Savannah, Armstrong's annual day of service. Unified in matching maroon Treasure Savannah t-shirts, the volunteers left in waves to fill 13 school buses that would shuttle them to 14 different locations in the Savannah and Hinesville area.

“It's really awesome that our school does this,” said Armstrong sophomore Callie Stern. “It's important for all of us to volunteer because our community gives us so much; it's good to give back.”

Callie volunteered in the Growing Edge Community Garden at the West Broad Street YMCA in downtown Savannah.

“I really wanted to volunteer here because I'm taking cultural geography and we're learning about food desserts, and downtown Savannah is actually a food dessert,” said Callie.

A food dessert is an area where affordable, healthy food is difficult to obtain. That's why the year-round garden at the YMCA is so important, because it provides fresh produce at a low cost to neighborhoods in the area that don't have easy access to healthy food.

“They provide a lot for the people that they serve,” said Callie.

Volunteers did various projects in the garden, including shoveling soil, pulling weeds, making new vegetable beds, and more. While many were busy outside, some volunteers like Armstrong senior Megan Ganser also worked in the YMCA's Early Learning Center cleaning furniture and organizing the classrooms.

“I'm with the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and we volunteer with Treasure Savannah every year,” said Megan. “It's so rewarding to give back and it's just a good way to work with other Armstrong students and make the community better.”

Nearby, at the Union Mission Grace House, volunteers cooked spaghetti in the kitchen for Savannah's homeless population.

“I thought that this volunteer service was going to be the most rewarding,” said Ivy Acero, an administrative assistant in Armstrong's nursing department. “I also really enjoy cooking.”

Armstrong junior Amber Robinson also enjoys cooking, and when she saw the opportunity to use her talent for a good cause, she couldn't pass up the chance.

“I wanted to cook and share my skills with people in need,” said Amber. “This turned out even better than I thought it would be and I want to come back on Thanksgiving and do it again.”

While volunteers did several projects to help people in need, Armstrong also worked to help our four-legged friends at the Chatham County Animal Shelter.

“I have been wanting to volunteer here for a while now,” said Armstrong sophomore Claudia Miles. “I really love puppies.”

Volunteers at the animal shelter cleaned, did laundry, made homemade treats, and even took cats and dogs out of their cages for quality playtime.

At the Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville, 30 volunteers participated in a cleanup project that started at the Armstrong Liberty Center's current campus on East General Stewart Way and ended at the site of the new campus on Memorial Drive.

“While the folks in Savannah were busy volunteering in that city, we were doing the same in Hinesville,” said director of the Armstrong Liberty Center Peter Hoffman. “This was not only a worthwhile event, but it was also a visible sign that Armstrong is an integral and contributing part of Liberty County.”

Treasure Savannah was started during Armstrong's 75th anniversary celebration in the fall of 2010, and since then it has become one of the biggest and most anticipated events at the university. It's a day where students, faculty, staff, and alumni come together to give back to the community and make the place we call home a better place.