Mission: UGA HEROs strives to improve the quality of life for the 12,000 children in Georgia by raising money to support the programs offered by H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc., spreading awareness about the growing problem of pediatric AIDS, and participating in service initiatives aimed at improving the lives of affected children.
Results: We have raised over 1.3 million dollars in just six short years - the fastest of any philanthropy on the UGA campus. We have been able to graduate our first class from our Rising HEROs program and are rapidly expanding throughout the state.
Target demographics: low-income children in the Atlanta and Athens areas (though expanding into the rest of Georgia) from birth up until 18 years of age
UGA HEROs is a fantastic organization in which I have had a wonderful experience with. The level of commitment each student member of the organization brings to the table is something that continually amazes me. The dedication, hard work, and integrity that the organization strives to provide is one that is not often found.
In the three years I have been involved with UGA HEROs, they have never ceased to amaze me. Often collegiate philanthropies can be disorganized or lack vision, but UGA HEROs is truly an exception to the rule. It is a well-oiled machine, a business. It is run more effectively than any philanthropy I have ever worked with and these college students are truly impressive. They are always thankful for any sort of donation: be it time, money or even just support. The impact the volunteers and donors alike can make is truly remarkable and I recommend them fully.