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Volunteers for iGot take to the streets

Volunteers for iGot take to  the streets

Volunteers for iGot take to the streets

On Tuesday, 100 volunteers will hit the streets to solicit support from local businesses for the 2014 iGot (I Give to Ogeechee Tech) campaign.

The annual fundraiser garners cash and in-kind contributions for the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation Inc. The foundation supports Ogeechee Technical College by providing scholarships for students, purchasing essential educational equipment, providing emergency funds for students, providing staff development for employees and supporting various other critical needs.

The foundation is an important part of the success of Ogeechee Tech, according to foundation President Tom Clark.

"The ability of the foundation to serve the students of the college, and serve the citizens of Bulloch, Evans, Screven and other surrounding counties, is only possible through the generosity of the supporters of the foundation," he said. "The assistance provided the foundation and the college by the local citizens helps the college provide the workforce that serves the citizens. It is very much a symbiotic relationship."

Ogeechee Tech President Dr. Dawn Cartee echoed Clark's sentiments.

"The support of the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation certainly allows the college to better serve its constituency. Many students depend on scholarships and other support to be able to complete their programs of study," she said. "We are very grateful to those who support Ogeechee Tech through their continued contributions. Those supporters have a huge impact on the success of the college and its students."

Clark referenced a recently released report on the economic impact of technical colleges across Georgia.

"Ogeechee Tech has a nearly $30 million annual economic impact on this region," he said. "That is a major influence on the local economy, and keeping the college strong is important to everyone who lives and works here."

One theme of the annual campaign is the importance of training those who serve the needs of the three-county service delivery area of Ogeechee Tech and beyond.

"We want people to realize that those who serve their daily needs are often Ogeechee Tech graduates," said Barry Turner, the college's vice president for college advancement. "Whether responding to a police, fire or EMS call, preparing a meal at a restaurant, repairing an automobile, assisting with a sick pet at a veterinary office or taking care of a patient's needs at a doctor's office, there are numerous professions which are filled with Ogeechee Tech graduates."

"We encourage everyone to give generously when an iGot volunteer calls," Clark added.

Those who might not be contacted, but who wish to contribute, may call the college's advancement office at (912) 688-6098 to request information on contributing.

"The community blitz is primarily targeted at businesses, but we certainly welcome support from individuals as well," Clark said.


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