Organized by: Unsung Heroes
About Unsung Heroes
Unsung Heroes promotes awareness & appreciation for the workers on college campuses that keep the university running behind-the-scenes but often go unrecognized and unappreciated. These unsung heroes include Janitors, Food & Service Workers, Construction Workers, Security Guards, Sanitation Workers, Bus Drivers, among others. What started off as a simple hello and handshake with one of Georgetown’s janitors Oneil Batchelor, Febin Bellamy - a student at Georgetown University - started a viral movement that inspires people to acknowledge and appreciate the unsung heroes in their lives.
We raise awareness of the Unsung Heroes and highlight their portraits of humanity through interviewing them and sharing their personal stories on social media. We also encourage the community to give back to them through community service projects and crowdfunding to help them achieve their dreams.
Recent Community Service Projects:
Our most recent community service project includes helping a janitor at Georgetown start a catering business by sharing his story to the community and inspiring students to raise over $2500 to fund his dreams! We are working with him to get a food truck and eventually a restaurant!
We also featured a Georgetown University dining hall worker who hasn’t seen his family in South Sudan in over 45 years. Through the power of social media & crowd funding, we raised over $6,000 for him to reunite with his family. He received donations and support from ALL levels of the university community including professors, students, alumni, and administrators!
In The Press:
Featured on the cover of the Washington Post, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, CNN's Headline News, Upworthy, NowThis News, NBC Washington, WGNTV Chicago News, WPXI Pittsburgh News, The Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Jetzt (German news source), The Kochi Post (Indian news source), Georgetown University media outlets, among others.
We are raising funds to expand our initiative to universities across the country. We have been contacted by over 40 universities regarding interest in starting up a chapter of Unsung Heroes at their universities! The first wave of universities that are confirmed to start a chapter in January 2017: Howard University, Columbia University, Notre Dame, University of Maryland – College Park, Syracuse University, UCLA, Harvard University, New York University, UNC Chapel Hill, Washington University in St. Louis.
Since inception, the students running the initiative have been self-funding the organization. However, since we are preparing to expand this initiative, we are raising money to help cover some of our costs including marketing materials, research & development, licensing expenses, and to build a more user-friendly website. Your contribution will help us establish our structure as we become a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and will help us impact more workers in campuses across the country.
There are Unsung Heroes among us that keep our workplace, campus, and community running smoothly and efficiently behind the scenes, but often go unrecognized and unappreciated. "Every Unsung Hero has a story. We just have to take the time to listen and show a level of acknowledgment."
Featured Unsung Hero project
"I was born in Southern Sudan. I left my country in 1965 and spent 21 years of my life living in west Africa - especially in Liberia. Life here [in America] is nice… I really miss my home. I haven’t been back to Southern Sudan in a long time - almost 45 years..Read more