Great Days of Service developed out of the CEO Breakfast in 2000. The purpose of the CEO Breakfast was to teach local business leaders about the issues in Gwinnett and provide them with ways they could give back. Paige Havens, a local community citizen and corporate volunteer, is credited as the creator of the Gwinnett Great Day of Service (GDOS) for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services.
In 2000, GDOS started as just one day of service with 10 projects and 50 volunteers and has grown to 2 days to accommodate youth & families. Today there are more than 90,000 volunteers that participate through the schools, churches, businesses and general public.