UGA HEROs

UGA HEROs Improving the quality of life for children in Georgia affected by HIV/AIDS... We don't just fundraise, we change lives.
Starting from a small but ambitious dream of University of Georgia students Garrett Gravesen and Ryan Gembala nine years ago, UGA HEROs has taken the campus by storm. From Organization of the Year 2005, 2007, 2008 AND 2009 to just recently reaching over a MILLION DOLLARS in fund-raising for H.E.R.O. for Children, UGA HEROs has demonstrated what dedication, hard work, and enthusiasm can accomplish. Our love for the kids and our passion to make a difference fuels our organization, and with each smile and each hug we know that we are helping improve the lives of these children. UGA HEROs Highlights: •The largest collegiate Fall Philanthropy in Georgia. •Collected more than 10,000 HERO Red Ribbons in support of our cause and was recognized by Governor Sonny Perdue on World AIDS Day •In 2005 won “Outstanding Campus Event” for the HERO Olympics •In 2008, we raised over $363,000, in just a year. •UGA HEROs has over 2,000 student members. •Were chosen as the 2005, 2007, 2008 AND 2009 Campus Organization of the Year... the first ever to receive the award 2 years in a row! •We have raised over $1 MILLION for H.E.R.O. for Children. Inc. since its start in 2003, the first student organization at UGA to ever raise that amount in its first 6 years! A little more about who we are: UGA HEROs was created from the vision of two students who had separate experiences working with AIDS orphans internationally. Former student body president Garrett Gravesen lived in Kenya his final summer before graduating and witnessed one of the children he worked with lose his battle to the disease while he was there. Later, AIESEC UGA president Ryan Gembala spent time in Brazil at an AIDS orphanage and worked with children throughout the summer. The two UGA students came together before graduating and created the idea of UGA HEROs. The organization would become UGA's first on-campus fall philanthropy and would raise money for children in Georgia affected by the disease. The two would later go on to create H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. --the only non-profit organization in the State of Georgia solely dedicated to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Today, UGA HEROs is the fall wide philanthropy that raises money to support H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. and provide Quality of Life programs for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Georgia. UGA HEROs rallies students across campus in a year long fundraiser that culminates in a grand finale at the HERO Olympics--an event for these children and UGA students to see where all money raised goes to support. UGA HEROs works closely with the UGA football team, Athletic Association, and Head Football Coach Mark Richt and has become the largest collegiate fall philanthropy in the State of Georgia raising more than $1,000,000 for children affected by HIV/AIDS. The Facts: •There are over 12,000 children in Georgia affected by HIV/AIDs •Georgia has the 8th highest number of Pediatric AIDS cases in the US •50% of HERO children have lost one or both parents to AIDS cases •90% of children come from households whose yearly income does not exceed $10,000 •There are 500 organizations in Georgia working with HIV/AIDS •Only 12 work with Children (2.5%): housing, food, medicine, basic needs In our society, 50.4% of people still believe you can get AIDS from being coughed on by a person with AIDS.(UC-Davis Psych.,1999). With 9,000 Children in our state affected by HIV/AIDS, HERO is the Bridge connecting the community with these children and reducing common stigma & stereotypes. We are the one and only organization raising money for these children and everything that goes above and beyond their basic needs of food, housing, and medicine. We also serve to bring the community together to reduce stigma and stereotypes associated with this disease.
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Raising money to provide quality of life programs for the 12,000 kids in Georgia infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS

Mission: UGA HEROs strives to improve the Quality of Life of children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Georgia through student support at the University level.

Thank you to everyone who made our 13th Annual Golf Tournament a success! With the support of our corporate and communit...
05/15/2019

Thank you to everyone who made our 13th Annual Golf Tournament a success! With the support of our corporate and community partners, we were able to raise nearly $20,000!

A special thank you to all of our players, sponsors, and members who made this event possible. And thank you to Alessio's Restaurant & Pizzeria for feeding our players after the tournament!

You can visit ugaheros.org/golf for scores and pictures from yesterday’s event!

Needing a study break or wanting to celebrate the start of summer? Look no further! Stop by Di'lishi Frozen Yogurt Bar -...
05/05/2019

Needing a study break or wanting to celebrate the start of summer? Look no further!
Stop by Di'lishi Frozen Yogurt Bar - Athens and drop your spoon in our box to help us win!

05/03/2019

In honor of Charity Bash 2019 today, let’s take a look back at the spring semester and see all the work we’ve done to change lives. Here’s to an even better fall semester!

We raised $113,928 for our kids this semester and we could not be more proud! Fall 2019, we’re coming for you!
04/28/2019

We raised $113,928 for our kids this semester and we could not be more proud! Fall 2019, we’re coming for you!

This Monday, we were lucky enough to receive a visit from our very own founder, Garrett Gravesen! We could not be more g...
04/25/2019

This Monday, we were lucky enough to receive a visit from our very own founder, Garrett Gravesen! We could not be more grateful for his many words of wisdom at our last Executive Board meeting for this Spring!

All HEROs wants to change lives, but we all have a different story that inspired us.To end off Spotlight on Stigma Week,...
04/19/2019

All HEROs wants to change lives, but we all have a different story that inspired us.

To end off Spotlight on Stigma Week, give us your #SpotlightStory on why HEROs is important to you!

Live Forward - formerly AIDS Athens will be giving free HIV tests from 11am-4pm in Tate 479/480.
04/18/2019

Live Forward - formerly AIDS Athens will be giving free HIV tests from 11am-4pm in Tate 479/480.

Shoutout to our wonderful PR and Marketing Committees for shining a spotlight on the fight to end stigma. #SpotlightOnSt...
04/17/2019

Shoutout to our wonderful PR and Marketing Committees for shining a spotlight on the fight to end stigma.
#SpotlightOnStigma

Our Child Relations Committee absolutely killed it at tabling today!See you tomorrow at the Million Dollar Staircase!#Sp...
04/16/2019

Our Child Relations Committee absolutely killed it at tabling today!
See you tomorrow at the Million Dollar Staircase!

#SpotlightOnStigma

Today, we're shining our spotlight on the facts of HIV/AIDs. Stop by Tate lawn to learn more from our Child Relations Co...
04/16/2019

Today, we're shining our spotlight on the facts of HIV/AIDs. Stop by Tate lawn to learn more from our Child Relations Committee from 10-2!
#SpotlightOnStigma

Happy Spotlight Week! This week is dedicated to spreading awareness of our cause and encouraging others to fight for a w...
04/15/2019

Happy Spotlight Week!
This week is dedicated to spreading awareness of our cause and encouraging others to fight for a world that's stigma-free. Join us!
#SpotlightOnStigma

For the first time ever, HEROs is having a DONOR MATCHING HOUR! From 3-4pm every donation received  will be matched! So ...
04/10/2019

For the first time ever, HEROs is having a DONOR MATCHING HOUR! From 3-4pm every donation received will be matched! So what are you waiting for? Let's send more kids to camp!

Stop by HEROs HQ at Tate Intersection from 11-3 to meet members, claim fundraising prizes, and get ideas for how to go A...
04/10/2019

Stop by HEROs HQ at Tate Intersection from 11-3 to meet members, claim fundraising prizes, and get ideas for how to go All In today for our kids!

Today is the day! It's Send a Kid to Camp Day, our first big fundraising push of the year!Our entire organization is fun...
04/10/2019

Today is the day! It's Send a Kid to Camp Day, our first big fundraising push of the year!

Our entire organization is fundraising to send our kids to Camp High Five, a stigma-free summer camp that gives them an experience unlike any other. In honor of today being National Youth HIV Awareness Day, we can't think of a better time to bring awareness to our cause.

We can't wait to see all the WOW things our members do for our kids today!

04/06/2019

In honor of seeing our kids today, let’s take a look back at all the time we've spent with them so far this year!

Our WOW Committee will be hosting a yard sale at Tate from 9-3 this Wednesday and Thursday. Make sure to stop by!
04/02/2019

Our WOW Committee will be hosting a yard sale at Tate from 9-3 this Wednesday and Thursday. Make sure to stop by!

Thank you to the UGA Improv Club for bringing some laughter to Exec! Stop by their meetings every Thursday at 7PM in MLC...
04/02/2019

Thank you to the UGA Improv Club for bringing some laughter to Exec!

Stop by their meetings every Thursday at 7PM in MLC 247

Semi 2019
04/01/2019

Semi 2019

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Co...
04/01/2019

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Communications Family!

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Communications Family!

Please like the ORIGINAL photo to help us win a donation towards our amazing cause!
03/26/2019

Please like the ORIGINAL photo to help us win a donation towards our amazing cause!

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Co...
03/25/2019

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Communications Family!

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Communications Family!

Congratulations to our 2019 Hang Out with HEROs Mentors! We cannot wait to see the amazing impact you each make!
03/24/2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Hang Out with HEROs Mentors! We cannot wait to see the amazing impact you each make!

What's just as fun as eating Zombie Donuts? Playing Humans vs. Zombies, of course!Thank you to the UGA Humans vs Zombies...
03/19/2019

What's just as fun as eating Zombie Donuts?
Playing Humans vs. Zombies, of course!

Thank you to the UGA Humans vs Zombies group for having our Exec Board!

If you want to protect the campus from the next zombie invasion, join the fight on March 20th at 7PM at the Airforce ROTC Circle.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UGAHumansvsZombies/

Want to prove you’re the basketball guru of your friends or family? That’s where we come in. Join our bracket compet...
03/19/2019

Want to prove you’re the basketball guru of your friends or family?

That’s where we come in.

Join our bracket competition today and show you're the real HERO of March Madness.

To join -> ugaheros.org/marchmadness

03/07/2019

This year, we’re fighting harder than ever for our kids.
We’re moving forward and never looking back.

This year, we’re all in.

March Madness isn't the only thing to look forward to this month!For all of March, stop by Zombie Coffee and Donuts - At...
03/07/2019

March Madness isn't the only thing to look forward to this month!

For all of March, stop by Zombie Coffee and Donuts - Athens, GA, get something delicious, then drop your token into the HEROs donation box to help us win!

Whether the Dawgs win or lose, it’s always a good day when we’re with our kids! We had a blast cheering on the Lady ...
03/05/2019

Whether the Dawgs win or lose, it’s always a good day when we’re with our kids! We had a blast cheering on the Lady Dawgs and touring Stegman this Sunday.

Whether the Dawgs win or lose, it’s always a good day when we’re with our kids! We had a blast cheering on the Lady Dawgs and touring Stegman this Sunday.

Best way to start an Exec Board meeting? Receiving a $1,750 check from Aaron's Inc.! We cannot thank you enough for your...
03/05/2019

Best way to start an Exec Board meeting? Receiving a $1,750 check from Aaron's Inc.!
We cannot thank you enough for your generousity!

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Co...
03/04/2019

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Communications Family!

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Communications Family!

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Co...
02/25/2019

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Communications Family!

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Communications Family!

Hang Out with HEROs is our yearly mentorship program that allows members to form personal connections with our kids and ...
02/22/2019

Hang Out with HEROs is our yearly mentorship program that allows members to form personal connections with our kids and helps remind us why we do what we do.

Mentors in the Hangout with HEROs Program are expected to visit their mentee once a month and form a relationship with him/her throughout the year. This is an amazing opportunity to form a one-on-one relationship with our kids!

Applications are due March 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Apply here: goo.gl/forms/pqbYvroTJxkrIBu52

HEROs is excited to announce our 13th annual Golf Tournament!May 13th is coming sooner than you think. Register to play ...
02/21/2019

HEROs is excited to announce our 13th annual Golf Tournament!

May 13th is coming sooner than you think. Register to play or sponsor:
https://givebutter.com/golf2019

HEROs Percentage Nights are back and in full swing!Craving a turkey sub? Come to Subway Five-Points from 6-9pm today to ...
02/19/2019

HEROs Percentage Nights are back and in full swing!

Craving a turkey sub? Come to Subway Five-Points from 6-9pm today to support our cause.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Slice the Price Season!For just $10, every time you buy a Dominos large pizza,...
02/19/2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Slice the Price Season!

For just $10, every time you buy a Dominos large pizza, you'll get another one for free for the remainder of 2019. Looking to buy 50 large pizzas? You'll get another 50 large pizzas for free! Don't miss out on this amazing deal!

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Co...
02/18/2019

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Communications Family!

It’s Monday so you know what that means: Exec Board Intros! We definitely saved the best for last. Say hello to our Communications Family!

Meet our amazing 2019 Team Leaders! They are such a crucial part to our organization and it’s safe to say that we’d ...
02/16/2019

Meet our amazing 2019 Team Leaders! They are such a crucial part to our organization and it’s safe to say that we’d be lost without these rockstars.

Special thank you to Taylor Maggiore for letting us use her wonderful lake house for the TL Retreat

In the mood to reminisce? Check out our “2018 Year in Review” blog post!
02/15/2019
2018 Year in Review

In the mood to reminisce? Check out our “2018 Year in Review” blog post!

As 2018 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at the work HEROs did this year to change lives in the past year!

02/14/2019

We couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2019 and the best is yet to come. Check out our recruitment video!

UGA HEROs
02/13/2019

UGA HEROs

UGA HEROs's cover photo
02/13/2019

UGA HEROs's cover photo

Our first Kid Event of the year at the College Football Hall of Fame and World of Coke was amazing! Couldn’t make it t...
02/11/2019

Our first Kid Event of the year at the College Football Hall of Fame and World of Coke was amazing!

Couldn’t make it this time? No worries! Our next kid event will be at the UGA Women’s basketball game on March 3rd!

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PO Box 7732
Athens, GA
30604

General information

One of the largest organizations on the University of Georgia campus with over 2,000 student members, UGA HEROs fundraises throughout the year to provide quality of life programs for the 12,000 kids in Georgia infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our parent organization is H.E.R.O. (Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out) for Children located in Atlanta, Georgia. Want more information? Email us at [email protected] or contact one of our Board of Directors: Ronna Rowland, Executive Director: [email protected] Dana Cox, Director of Operations: [email protected] Garrett Riba, Director of External: [email protected] Hannah Couch, Director of Internal: [email protected] Jonathan Brown, Director of Development: [email protected] Amanda Detraz: Director of Events: [email protected]

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