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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.

2019 GSA & GSS Charity Gala

Friday, September 27th
Feldman Ballroom on River Campus

This year, GSS is partnering with GSA to host our annual charity gala!  The event will be held in the Feldman Ballroom featuring a DJ to keep graduate students entertained all evening!  Students look forward to this event as a time to get fancy, spend time with friends, and give back to the community.  Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Henry Hudson School PTA to make Thanksgiving baskets for underprivileged children; past recipients include the Dream Factory of RochesterHumans for Education, and Willow Domestic Violence Center.

In 2018, $330 was donated to the Willow Domestic Violence Center. You can read a thank you letter addressed to GSS President Taylor Moon here. Thanks to everyone who attended the Gala and helped support Willow's mission of improving the lives of abuse victims.

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