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.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our HEROs moms! We can’t begin to say how appreciative and grateful we are for these amazing w...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all our HEROs moms! We can’t begin to say how appreciative and grateful we are for these amazing women in our lives who made us into the people we are today. Thank you for encouraging us and loving us every day!

Today, we wanted to recognize all of our past HEROs members who are graduating today. This is an incredible accomplishme...
05/08/2020

Today, we wanted to recognize all of our past HEROs members who are graduating today. This is an incredible accomplishment, and we will miss every single one of you next semester. We're wishing you the best in your future pursuits and careers. Go Dawgs & go UGA HEROs, always.

2019 Executive Board Members
Cameron Anderson: Kid Events Chair, Health Promotions Major
Katy Warren: Social Media Chair, Advertising Major
Ashley Hegwood: Director of Events, Human Resources, Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Major
Madie Moore: Executive Director, Family and Consumer Sciences Major
Shiv Patel: Corporate Relations Chair, Finance Major
Lerato Cummings: Child Relations Chair, Sociology Major
Alex Bergeron: High School Relations Chair, Biochemical Engineering Major
Kathryn Buchanan: Campus Relations Chair, Music Major

2018 Executive Board Members
Hanna Jon Lewis: Corporate Relations Chair, Digital Marketing Major
Sammie Christensen: WOW Chair, Advertising Major
Nia Harris: Event Logistics Chair, International Affairs Major

UGA looks a bit different than it did just a few months ago and HEROs members have worked tirelessly to engage our membe...
05/05/2020

UGA looks a bit different than it did just a few months ago and HEROs members have worked tirelessly to engage our members and provide opportunities to keep the HEROs family connected during these unprecedented times.

We depend upon the generosity of our members and supporters across the country who understand what is at stake: We are working to ensure that the programs our kids not only look forward to, but depend upon, are fully funded in the fall.

Join is this #GivingTuesdayNow in spreading kindness to those who need it most.

ugaheros.org/donate

We're building a map to highlight generosity worldwide. Join us by sharing your story of giving back and help us cover the globe with kindness. https://now.givingtuesday.org/#map #GivingTuesdayNow

We’re sending out best wishes for a calm, safe, and healthy future! Our members have been making the most out of quarant...
04/24/2020
5 Things UGA HEROs is Doing to Remain Active

We’re sending out best wishes for a calm, safe, and healthy future! Our members have been making the most out of quarantine by thinking of great ways to push activities online in order to remain working for our cause! Read more about the activities our members have been doing to stay occupied in our blog:

https://www.ugaheros.org/post/5-things-uga-heros-is-doing-to-remain-active

When the University of Georgia closed its doors for the coronavirus pandemic, it left a lot of uncertainty among student organizations. But UGA HEROs was determined to remain active. Here is what we are doing to keep our organization running: 1.) Virtual Meetings Although we can’t see each other i...

04/21/2020
Pandemic Relief: Bulldawgs Against Hunger

Join us as we partner with other UGA student non-profit organizations to raise money for the Foodbank of Northeast Georgia. The number of people experiencing food insecurity is expected to substantially rise due to COVID-19. Remember to keep staying safe and let’s help keep children fed together.

Join us in supporting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia! Donate at the link below or Venmo: @ugafood2kids561

Did you know you can support UGA HEROs every time you shop at Kroger with your Kroger Plus card? Take a few minutes to r...
04/20/2020

Did you know you can support UGA HEROs every time you shop at Kroger with your Kroger Plus card? Take a few minutes to register your account and a percent of every Kroger purchase you make will go to HEROs until the end of the year!

With all Hanging Out with HEROs mentorship visits postponed for the rest of the semester, our mentors have found a great...
04/17/2020

With all Hanging Out with HEROs mentorship visits postponed for the rest of the semester, our mentors have found a great way to safely stay engaged with their mentees! Our pen-pal program has allowed our members to keep in contact with our kids to check-in and see how they and their families are doing!

As everyone does their part to fight the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to remmeber that times like these can be esp...
04/16/2020
COVID-19: The Impact on UGA HEROs

As everyone does their part to fight the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to remmeber that times like these can be especially difficult for our kids and their families for various reasons. To read more about the COVID-19 and just how it affects our kids, check out our blog:

Our organization was devastated when we had to cancel our meetings, social events, and kid events for the foreseeable future. But as an organization who serves children and families affected by HIV/AIDS, it was the responsible decision. The coronavirus was first detected in China and is now found in...

We are beyond excited to announce that our organization raised a total of $15,440 for our kids! We could not be more pro...
04/15/2020

We are beyond excited to announce that our organization raised a total of $15,440 for our kids! We could not be more proud of all the hard work our members put into $100 Day. Additionally, we’d like to thank our donors; without them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

Today marks our very first organization-wide virtual fundraiser, $100 Day! Each one of our members has a personal goal t...
04/10/2020

Today marks our very first organization-wide virtual fundraiser, $100 Day! Each one of our members has a personal goal to raise $100 for our kids. Though these times are unprecedented, we know our members will rise up and face this challenge! Our kids need us now more than ever so we are coming together as an organization to show them we care. You can donate today through this link: https://givebutter.com/ugaheros2020

$100 Day is tomorrow and we couldn’t be more excited! Our whole organization is more than ready to come together to reac...
04/09/2020

$100 Day is tomorrow and we couldn’t be more excited! Our whole organization is more than ready to come together to reach a fundraising total that is truly WOW.

We hope everyone is staying home and staying safe! We’re lucky to have our families and pets to keep us company and we’r...
04/07/2020

We hope everyone is staying home and staying safe! We’re lucky to have our families and pets to keep us company and we’re not taking these times for granted as we continue working digitally for our kids. Remember, together we can stop this spread and get back to our routine lives!

We are so proud of all the hard work our Team Leaders have put into their leadership training and can’t wait to see what...
04/03/2020
Team Leader Spotlight: Sienna Taylor

We are so proud of all the hard work our Team Leaders have put into their leadership training and can’t wait to see what the Fall holds for them and their teams! To get to know more about what our TL’s do, we are shining the spotlight on Sienna Taylor, one of our campus TL’s. Read more about Sienna and her experience as a team leader in our blog post:

This month's team leader spotlight is Sienna Taylor, a first-year political science and international affairs major from Columbus, Georgia. Taylor first joined UGA HEROs in fall 2019 as a team member. She considered it a great group to be a part of, so she decided to become a 2020 team leader. Some....

From the beach to the mountains and just about everywhere in between, our members had a blast over Spring Break and brou...
03/20/2020

From the beach to the mountains and just about everywhere in between, our members had a blast over Spring Break and brought the WOW wherever they went! Due to the University of Georgia going online for the rest of the semester, we can no longer continue our work in person in the Classic City, but will be working and fighting for our kids digitally and will persevere through this situation! We hope for everyone to stay healthy in these times and together we can all get through this. #WOWAroundtheWorld

With sad hearts, we have decided to cancel or postpone all face-to-face events and meetings until further notice. Our cu...
03/18/2020

With sad hearts, we have decided to cancel or postpone all face-to-face events and meetings until further notice. Our current focus is creating new ways to fundraise for and connect with our kids digitally. Be on the look out for ways you can stay involved in our organization, and we will see everyone next semester. Stay safe and stay healthy!

We are so proud of the hard work our different committees and all their members put into this organization to change liv...
03/11/2020
Committee Member Spotlight

We are so proud of the hard work our different committees and all their members put into this organization to change lives. This week, we are shining the spotlight in one of our committee members, Sydney Smith, a member of the Child Relations Committee! To read more about Sydney and the work she does check out our blog post written by a member of our Public Relations and Media Committee, Madi Imparato!

https://www.ugaheros.org/post/member-spotlight

This month’s member spotlight is Sydney Smith! Smith is a second year, psychology pre-physician assistant from Canton, Georgia. She is a member of the Child Relations Committee and has already raised an impressive $1500 in donations through using her connections. Sydney’s Dad works at Delta and ...

There is less than a week left of our annual Domino’s Slice the Price fundraiser! For every large pizza bought, you can ...
03/02/2020

There is less than a week left of our annual Domino’s Slice the Price fundraiser! For every large pizza bought, you can get an additional one for free with the Slice the Price rewards card! This card is valid for delivery or takeout and can be used almost anywhere in Georgia and select counties in South Carolina and Alabama. Get yours from a HEROs member today!

Want to learn more about how we let the good times ROLL at our kid event? Check out our blog post to read the planning b...
02/27/2020
Successful Skating

Want to learn more about how we let the good times ROLL at our kid event? Check out our blog post to read the planning behind the event as well as the fun activities our members and the kids participated in!

https://www.ugaheros.org/post/successful-skating

On February 25, UGA HEROs hosted our first kid event of the year at Athens Skate Inn. Our kids arrived at 11 eager to get their skates and start skating. HERO

This is how we ROLL! Our first kid event of the year was a blast!
02/24/2020

This is how we ROLL! Our first kid event of the year was a blast!

Happy Valentine’s Day from us to you! Our hearts are especially full after our first social event!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine’s Day from us to you! Our hearts are especially full after our first social event!

There’s only a few days left for you to sign up for an experience that will change your life! As a HOWH mentor, you can ...
02/11/2020

There’s only a few days left for you to sign up for an experience that will change your life! As a HOWH mentor, you can make a lasting bond with a child that will see you as their entire world.

Apply now:

https://www.ugaheros.org/hangout

After successfully kicking off the year with Double Down Day, this week UGA HEROs will be having our semi-annual Letter ...
02/10/2020
How To Get Lucky With Letters

After successfully kicking off the year with Double Down Day, this week UGA HEROs will be having our semi-annual Letter Writing Campaign. This campaign is one of our largest and most successful fundraisers of the year and allows us to engage with our donors! You can read about some of our letter writing tips in our blog:

https://www.ugaheros.org/post/how-to-get-lucky-with-letters

It’s that time of year again….. our letter writing campaign! Every year, HEROs participates in a letter writing campaign where we send out letters that explain

After our first week of committee meetings, we are beyond excited for our first fundraising push of the year! The goal o...
02/07/2020

After our first week of committee meetings, we are beyond excited for our first fundraising push of the year! The goal of Double Down Day is for our members to DOUBLE the initial $25 raised in creating their Givebutter accounts. We are thrilled to see what our members can accomplish today.

There is a week left to apply to be a mentor for Hanging Out with HEROs! As a HOWH mentor, you will be paired with a kid...
02/06/2020
Hang Out with HEROs | UGA HEROs

There is a week left to apply to be a mentor for Hanging Out with HEROs! As a HOWH mentor, you will be paired with a kid in our program and partake in a fun activity with them once a month to engage in mentor ship and relationship building. This program is a key way that the children and members of UGA HEROs make lasting connections that have a significant impact on the lives of our children.

Apply now: https://www.ugaheros.org/hangout

Hangout 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.

It’s safe to say we blew recruitment out of the water this year! We are so proud of all our executive board members and ...
02/04/2020
And That's a Wrap!

It’s safe to say we blew recruitment out of the water this year! We are so proud of all our executive board members and team leaders for all the hard work they put in during this process. You can read about the planning behind recruitment and more details in our blog:

https://www.ugaheros.org/post/and-that-s-a-wrap

With the start of the new year, HEROs has hit the ground running! For the past week, we have spread to locations all around campus to recruit for new committee

Today is our last day of recruitment and it’s safe to say we’re ending it with a bang! With a wide variety of fun and ga...
01/29/2020

Today is our last day of recruitment and it’s safe to say we’re ending it with a bang! With a wide variety of fun and games to promote our cause, we are taking over Tate Plaza in hopes of spreading our cause across campus.

Recruitment has been a huge success this past week! With two days until we kick off our committees, we are making the fi...
01/28/2020

Recruitment has been a huge success this past week! With two days until we kick off our committees, we are making the final push to spread awareness of our cause to as many people as possible.

01/24/2020

As we wrap up our first week of recruitment, we wanted to take a moment to think about how great our fall kid events were last year. We can’t wait for our next kid event with all of our new committee members!

Are you ready for another day of WOW? We’ve had so much fun giving everyone pizza & are setting up at the Arch now. If y...
01/23/2020

Are you ready for another day of WOW? We’ve had so much fun giving everyone pizza & are setting up at the Arch now. If you’ve been thinking about joining a committee, today is the day!

This year HEROs will be made up of seven diverse committees headed by members of the Executive Board. You can read about...
01/22/2020
Calling Committee Members!!

This year HEROs will be made up of seven diverse committees headed by members of the Executive Board. You can read about the different committees HEROs has to offer this year on our blog!

https://www.ugaheros.org/post/calling-committee-members

We are so excited to kickoff our 2020 spring recruitment season. For the next week, you can catch us around campus recruiting people to join our committees. W

In 2019, we went All In for our kids and worked hard to make a difference. As we kick recruitment off for 2020, we are h...
01/21/2020

In 2019, we went All In for our kids and worked hard to make a difference. As we kick recruitment off for 2020, we are hoping to make this an even bigger and better year as we Dare to a Dream for our kids to have bright futures.

It’s great to have all of our HEROs students back in Athens for Spring semester! We are so excited to have a new executi...
01/07/2020
WELCOME BACK HEROs!

It’s great to have all of our HEROs students back in Athens for Spring semester! We are so excited to have a new executive board as we gear up for a great recruitment week.

https://www.ugaheros.org/post/welcome-back-heros-1

We are excited to be back in Athens and even more excited to be back with HEROs after ending 2019 with our Fall Kickoff at Bad Moon. We celebrated going “All I

Looking back on 2019, we are so proud of all our members and donors for going “All In” for our kids. We want to thank ev...
01/04/2020
2019 Year in Review

Looking back on 2019, we are so proud of all our members and donors for going “All In” for our kids. We want to thank everyone involved with this organization for making this year as special as it was. As we begin 2020, we wish everyone a prosperous year and look to start off this next decade by changing lives.

Here’s a quick recap of everything we were able to accomplish in 2019:

As 2019 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at the year and all that HEROs was able to do for our kids: JANUARY In January, Executive Board members and Tea

There is a little more than a week left to apply to be a team leader! TL’s are the leaders of our newest members and set...
12/29/2019

There is a little more than a week left to apply to be a team leader! TL’s are the leaders of our newest members and set the tone for the entire organization.

You can apply to be a sorority, fraternity, or campus team leader.

Apply now at our website: ugaheros.org/apply

In honor of Giving Tuesday today and our Fall Total Reveal tomorrow, we're having one last fundraising push for our 2019...
12/03/2019
UGA HEROs 2019

In honor of Giving Tuesday today and our Fall Total Reveal tomorrow, we're having one last fundraising push for our 2019 year. Help us change lives.

https://givebutter.com/ugaheros19

"If it's not WOW, it's not worth doing."

Address

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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There are approximately 51,350 people living in Georgia with HIV. We are a student-run organization fundraising to improve the quality of life for the kids in Georgia infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

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