We don't just have big magnets at the MagLab — we also have big hearts.
In addition to the MagLab’s formal educational outreach programs, the lab participates in Tallahassee’s community life with the following activities:
Visitors to the MagLab's Open House donate canned goods as their unofficial entrance fee to the popular event.
The Christmas Connection
MagLab staff donate linens, diapers, baby formula, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, new clothes, underwear, socks, winter coats and kids’ gifts to Christmas Connection, a North Florida charity committed to addressing local needs at the holiday season.
The MagLab donates as much as 20 percent of the city of Tallahassee’s entire CROP Hunger Walk food haul (or around 800 pounds) each year. CROP walks are a globally implemented, non-denominational program with the stated goal of addressing world hunger.
Toys For Tots
The lab participates in the Toys for Tots program, a national program run by the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys for Tots distributes new, unwrapped toys to needy children in our own community.
As part of the Florida State University United Way effort, the lab typically raises over $15,000 each year for United Way of the Big Bend. United Way funds are distributed to America’s Second Harvest. This key food bank resource is an important partner in the MagLab’s annual Open House, with visitors to the popular annual event bringing a canned good as the unofficial price of admission. The 2012 Open House yielded 1,565 pounds of food.
Southeastern Community Blood Center
Dozens of MagLab staff have a long relationship with the Southeastern Community Blood Center, (literally) rolling up their sleeves each month for the bloodmobile in the lab’s parking lot. The lab boasts several 1-gallon-plus donors.
For more information, contact Public Affairs.