Berkeley College Online® Team Sends Hearts of Hope Near and Far

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Berkeley Hearts


This holiday season, the Berkeley College Online® team is participating in the Hearts of Hope initiative, painting clay hearts with inspirational messages to send to those who need support.

Most of the hearts, which are expected to number about 100 by the end of December, will be sent to the Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion, a cancer treatment and support center at The Valley Hospital in Paramus, NJ, just a few miles from the Berkeley College Online campus. Others are earmarked for special recipients in need – one is being sent as far as Australia.

“Hearts of Hope is nearly all volunteer-driven by those who wish to ‘pay it forward,’ ” said Judy Pedersen, Founder and Director, Hearts of Hope Foundation, Inc. “Our volunteers are often people who have ‘been there’ and have experienced life-altering challenges of their own.”

According to the organization, the first Hearts of Hope were created in response to September 11, 2001. Since then, the hearts have reached more than 75,000 people in hospitals and the military, as well as in communities following tragedies like those in Newtown, CT, and Orlando, FL.

 “I was so excited to bring Hearts of Hope to Berkeley College Online,” said Amy Castillo, Berkeley College Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, Online, who has participated in the initiative for many years. “Each person on our campus has a huge heart and a giving spirit – and everyone seems to know someone going through a time in their life where a message of hope is just what they might need. The hearts are so wonderful because they are a feel-good activity for the painter and for the recipient.”

She added that the hand-painted designs can be beautiful, whimsical, funny, or all of the above.

“It’s a wonderful thing to be able to provide a bit of support and encouragement to someone in need,” said Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online. “During the holidays, and throughout the year, an act of kindness is always welcome.”

Berkeley Hearts

Photo Captions: (Top) Some of the 100 Hearts of Hope that will be sent to those in need of support, locally and abroad. (Above) The Berkeley College Online® team displays their hand-painted hearts.

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 8,000 students – including more than 600 international students – in its Master, Baccalaureate and Associate 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 a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ. 

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, 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. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is  

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