Berkeley College Community Service Week Contributes 1,800 Volunteer Hours to Community Organizations

MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018
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Berkeley College faculty, staff, alumni and students recently contributed 1,800 hands-on volunteer hours to 50 organizations in New Jersey and New York 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 traveled to eight counties in New Jersey (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic and Union) and four boroughs in New York (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens), as well as in Rockland and Westchester counties. Volunteers painted benches and beautified parks, served lunch to those in need at shelters and food kitchens, and connected with youth at Boys and Girls clubs. Volunteers also placed American flags at the graves of fallen servicemembers ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

“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.

More Information: For a full list of Community Service Week sites, visit and select PR Resources. Click here to view more photos from Community Service Week.

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Photo Captions: During Community Service Week, Berkeley College contributed 1,800 of hands-on volunteer hours to 50 organizations in New Jersey and New York. (Top, L to R): Berkeley College volunteers place American flags at the graves of fallen servicemembers at East Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clifton, NJ; cultivate a garden at Garden Academy, a center for children with autism, in West Orange, NJ; packaged food at Feeding Westchester in Elmsford, NY; and sort donated books for the Bridge of Books Foundation in Holmdel, NJ. (Above, clockwise from top) Berkeley College students and Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, volunteer at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside, NJ; volunteers serve meals at St. John’s Bread and Life in Brooklyn, NY; and sort donated craft materials at Material for the Arts in Long Island City, Queens, NY.

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

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