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Teaching the value of service to others through volunteer projects reaching from the local to the global

The G.O.Y.A. Project
Student Activities Center
613 George Street
Rutgers—The State U. of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA

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Mission Statement

The G.O.Y.A. Project was founded by Rutgers College students for the express purpose of teaching other students the value of service to others through volunteer projects that have both local and international impact.

We challenge ourselves to live up to the perspective that volunteer work is both a practical and an intellectual opportunity to think about other people and to work with and for other people. We encourage ideas that foster intercultural awareness as well as practical projects to assist families and communities.

Without opportunities like those provided by GOYA to our peers, they run a risk of living through a highly truncated college experience that is limited to classroom work and parties.

Volunteers Make A Difference!

Our volunteers have worked on projects including “Habitat for Humanity,” Elijah’s Promise (outreach to the homeless), the American Red Cross, Women Aware and many other charities. The initiatives selected by GOYA stimulate participants to link study at the university with what happens in the wider world beyond the university.

G.O.Y.A. volunteers at spring 2002 Habitat for Humanity project

Walk For Literacy

Each fall G.O.Y.A., partnering with the Global Literacy Project, hosts the Make-A-Difference Day “Walk For Literacy.” Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others—a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.

The primary aims of this walk-a-thon are two-fold:

  1. To promote public awareness of the value of literacy for the world’s poor; and;

  2. To raise money to obtain resources for literacy support programs as well as for shipping the books that we collect.

The walk-a-thon begins from the Cook/Douglass Campus and ends with a literacy awareness rally on College Avenue.

Make-A-Difference Day

An integral part of our mission involves participating in “Make-A-Difference Day.

Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and its nearly 600 carrier newspapers, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

Young and old, individuals and groups, anyone can carry out a volunteer project that helps others on Make A Difference Day.

G.O.Y.A. members hold an annual Book Drive where they also volunteer to sort and pack donated books destined to create school and community libraries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

GOYA also holds a community service activity on this day.

The People of G.O.Y.A.


G.O.Y.A. was founded by several Rutgers College students who were inspired by Reshma Roshania of “RU w/the Homeless” and by the activism of The Global Literacy Project, Inc. Sivan Yosef, Arpan Dasgupta and Renee Mcanney co-founded the organization with the express purpose of inspiring other students about the value of service to others through volunteer projects that had both local and international impact.

We are always looking for students with innovative project ideas to get involved with. We encourage ideas that foster intercultural awareness as well as practical projects to assist families and communities.

G.O.Y.A. makes a difference because our members are interested in reaching out to the community and helping to make a difference.

The Spring Event

Each spring semester, G.O.Y.A. hosts an event that also acts as an opportunity to expose Rutgers students to volunteering opportunities in the community right around us.

Featuring student bands, poets and a variety of speakers, it serves to bring the outside community closer to the “ivory tower” thus allowing students to gain a real insight as to how they can, with relatively little effort, truly make a difference.

Community Volunteerism

Teaching the value of service to others through volunteer projects reaching from the local to the global has led to life expanding experiences.

For example, several of our volunteers ended up visiting South Africa and Kenya. This was because they were involved in collecting and shipping books to Africa through G.O.Y.A.’s volunteer work, causing them to develop an interest in extending their knowledge.