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The goal of GSS Philanthropy is to increase graduate student involvement in the community and to build lasting relationships between U of R students and our neighbors. Below are some of the ongoing events that you can get involved with. Be sure to check the Calendar for other upcoming philanthropy opportunities.

Sweepstakes to Support Black Owned Businesses

Members of GSS and GSA put together a total of 9 gift baskets filled with items purchased from Black Owned Businesses (BOBs) in the Rochester area. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the UR Food Pantry and the Willow Center for Domestic Violence.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors:

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
Apogee Wine Bar 
Goddess Glow Botanicals
Island Wraps Caribbean Restaurant
JoJo's Closet Curvetique
JonJohn's Bakery
Kissed by Latosha
Light My Candle Co.
Paula's Essentials
Peppa Pot Jamaican Restaurant
RocCity Ramen
Side Bar
Taste of Supreme Bakery
Traci M Cosmetics 

2019 GSA & GSS Charity Gala

This year, GSS partnered with GSA to host our annual charity gala! The event was held in the Feldman Ballroom and featured hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, raffles for gift baskets, and a DJ to keep graduate students entertained all evening. Students always look forward to this event as a time to get fancy, spend time with friends, and give back to the community. Almost $2000 was raised this year to buy Thanksgiving Dinners for local families in need at Rochester School No. 28; past recipients include the Dream Factory of RochesterHumans for Education, and Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Gala for their generous support of our Rochester community!

Graduate Student Winter Clothing Swap

Have extra gently-used winter coats or accessories? New to Rochester winters? Then this clothing swap is for you!  Each fall, we accept donations by placing totes around the Medical Center and Research Buildings.  These items are available to students looking to prepare for the ice and snow in one big Clothing Swap.  All remaining items go to local charities and shelters.

Volunteering at the Rochester Museum and Science Center

Graduate students at the University of Rochester have the opportunity to join the team of volunteers who keep the museum running smoothly. Students have the option to volunteer once they have completed volunteer training through the museum. This volunteer experience provides an opportunity for graduate students to connect with the community and promote scientific learning. Volunteers often explain museum exhibits or perform special demonstrations for visitors. For more information contact