FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
973-278-5400, Ext. 1-5122
BERKELEY COLLEGE COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEK BENEFITS ORGANIZATIONS IN ROCKLAND AND WESTCHESTER COUNTIES
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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
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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 Rockland and Westchester counties the volunteers assembled “blessing bags” of toiletries for the homeless at the Open Arms Men’s Shelter and Samaritan House Women’s Shelter in White Plains; stocked pantry shelves at People to People, Inc. in Nanuet; packed food for Feeding Westchester clients in Elmsford; and shared a breakfast and planted flowers at Gilda’s Club in White Plains.
“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.
“What a treat it was to walk into the clubhouse this morning and be greeted by the beautiful plantings and flower pots you filled,” said Judy Freeman, Program and Evaluation Coordinator, Gilda’s Club Westchester. “They make such a difference in how you feel about the day, and seeing them this morning put a spring in my step … My thanks to you all for your kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness.”
Photo Captions: Top: During Berkeley College’s Community Service Week, May 20 through 25, 2018, volunteers work to support Feeding Westchester in Elmsford, NY, by packing foods selected for distribution to hunger relief agencies in Westchester County. Bottom: After sharing a breakfast with members, Berkeley College volunteers at Gilda’s Club in White Plains, NY, plant flowers in containers to beautify the facility.
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 three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. 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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