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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018
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BERKELEY COLLEGE COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEK BENEFITS
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Berkeley College faculty, staff, alumni and students recently contributed 1,800 hands-on volunteer hours to 50 organizations in New York and New Jersey during the College’s annual Community Service Week. Now in its ninth year, the volunteer initiative aligns with the mission and values of Berkeley College, exemplifying that teaching and learning take place both in and out of the classroom.
From May 20 through 25, 2018, nearly 500 Berkeley College volunteers painted benches and beautified parks, served lunch to those in need at shelters and food kitchens, and connected with youth, seniors, and the homebound. In Essex County, volunteers created blankets for the Project Linus initiative in Newark, NJ; coordinated a spring cleanup and lunch service at the Salvation Army – Cornerstone House and Montclair Citadel in Montclair, NJ; helped with fundraising efforts at The Valerie Fund in Maplewood, NJ; and planted a garden at Garden Academy, a center for the treatment of autism in West Orange, NJ. Other volunteers cultivated an urban farm with Greater Newark Conservancy in Newark, NJ; hosted an afternoon tea event for senior citizens at St. Joseph’s Healthcare and Rehab Center in Cedar Grove, NJ; and painted benches and planted flowers at a community garden in Newark, NJ, with I.T.V It Takes a Village, Inc.
“Through Community Service Week, faculty, staff, alumni and students share their time and talents with local organizations, serving as ambassadors of Berkeley College’s longtime commitment to social responsibility,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College.
Community Service Week is an initiative of Berkeley Cares, which throughout the year assists charities in the critical areas of food, shelter, health and student success.
Photo Caption: During Community Service Week, Berkeley College contributed 1,800 of hands-on volunteer hours to 50 organizations in New Jersey and New York, including in Essex County, NJ. (Top, L to R) Berkeley College volunteers create blankets for the Project Linus initiative and plant flowers at a Community Garden with I.T.V It Takes a Village, Inc., in Newark, NJ; and plant a garden at Garden Academy, a center for the treatment of autism in West Orange, NJ. (Above, clockwise from left) Volunteers serve meals at the Salvation Army – Montclair Citadel in Montclair, NJ; help with fundraising efforts at The Valerie Fund in Maplewood, NJ; and prepare to serve tea to senior citizens at St. Joseph’s Healthcare and Rehab Center in Cedar Grove, NJ.
About Berkeley College
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
Berkeley College has four New Jersey campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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