Dear Dedicated Alumni, Faculty, Student Leaders and Staff of Georgetown,
My name is Mike Meaney, and I am the President of the Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA). I write once again seeking to invoke the spirit of generosity so many of you showed during Project
Move-In during New Student Orientation this year.
For most students, Thanksgiving break is a brief pause from hectic Georgetown life right before final exams. Most of us travel home to be with our family and friends to enjoy good food and good company. Close to 30 students this year, however, are not able to travel home due to financial constraints. Without the help of our volunteers, this can mean spending a rather lonely Thanksgiving on the Hilltop. Add to this the fact that Leo's Cafeteria shuts down during Thanksgiving break to allow its workers a rest, which unfortunately means that students feel additional financial strains and loneliness.
This year, GUSA, in partnership with the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP) and the Office of Financial Aid, has committee to making Thanksgiving on the Hilltop a bit more festive and fun. But once again, we have little budget to do this, and thus are in need generous volunteers who are willing and able to help in this endeavor.
We realize that during Thanksgiving, many of you will be traveling to see family, or will have family come in from out of town. We are sensitive to the fact that Thanksgiving plans are frequently made months in advance, and that many of you, perhaps despite the desire to contribute, will be unable to do so.
For those of you who are able, however, GUSA and GSP are hoping you might be interested in including some (perhaps 2-4) of our students in your own Thanksgiving dinners -- or perhaps you'd like to invite students to a meal or outing in DC (museum, movie, etc) on Friday or Saturday following Thanksgiving.
If you are interested in volunteering to make Thanksgiving more enjoyable for our students unable to go home, please fill out this form GSP Turkey Day Volunteer Form
indicating your willingness to participate.
Thank you all so much for your time, and your continued commitment to Georgetown. Indeed, we hope that through initiatives like Project
Move-In and now Project Turkey
, together we can all live out the values of our Alma Mater, as men and women for others.
Michael J. Meaney
Student Body President
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service 2012