Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Location: Tate Room 473 (room above the food court)
Speaker: Andrew Wilkin, Exec. Director of the Bigger Vision Homeless Shelter, Athens
Topic: Homelessness, Poverty, and What’s Being Done About It
Andrew Wilkin is a 2012 graduate of the UGA Terry College of Business. As a college student he spent many hours volunteering at local homeless shelters. It was there that he witnessed firsthand the needs of people in poverty, as well as the struggles of non-profits helping them to stay afloat financially. Andrew wanted to do something that would solve both problems. During a course where he had to start a business and make it profitable, he came up with the idea for the Homeless Help Card. Started in January 2012, the proceeds from this card help several local shelters and charities with over 150 restaurants and businesses offering discounts to the cardholders.
In 2016 he became the Executive Director of the Bigger Vision Homeless Shelter after serving on its board for four years. Andrew has both a short term and long term vision for addressing the issue of homelessness and poverty. Andrew’s faith is a driving force behind his motivation and passion for such a work.
He will share his story of going from college student to entrepreneur to homeless shelter director and what’s being done to address homelessness and poverty in our backyard.
A light lunch will be provided to all who RSVP using the form below by Wednesday, February 1, at 5:00 pm.