Community Giving

We don't just have big magnets at the MagLab — we also have big hearts. In addition to offering many educational opportunities through formal educational outreach programs, the MagLab participates in Tallahassee's community life through the these activities.

America's Second Harvest

The MagLab's annual Open House attracts thousands of visitors each year. The lab requests that visitors bring a canned good as the unofficial price of admission. The 2014 Open House yielded 2,590 pounds of food, which translates into 2,158 meals.

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.

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.

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.

United Way

As part of the Florida State University effort, the MagLab typically raises over $15,000 each year for United Way of the Big Bend.

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Last modified on 27 September 2014