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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.

Foodlink Drive

Once a year, usually during the month of November, graduate students hold a funding drive for Foodlink. Students donate $1 (or more!) to their graduate program coordinator, and the department with the greatest participation wins a prize. All of the money collected is donated to Foodlink. This organization cooks meals for those in need; their services are especially important around the holiday season. For more information contact or check out the website for Foodlink -

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