Berkeley College Volunteers Lend Helping Hands
on 7th Annual Community Service Day
On June 17, 2016, Berkeley College held its 7th Annual Community Service Day, assisting 29 organizations in New Jersey and New York. Nearly 300 associates, alumni and Honors students volunteered their time to paint, shelve books, deliver meals, serve in soup kitchens, and clean up their communities.
“Community Service Day at Berkeley College helps build awareness about the role non-profit organizations play in keeping our local communities strong and vibrant,” said Michael Smith, President of Berkeley College. “This day also serves as an impetus for inspiring our faculty, staff, alumni and students to continue to share their time and talents beyond this special day.”
Community Service Day is an initiative of Berkeley Cares, which throughout the year assists charities in the critical areas of food, shelter, health and student success.
“I’m just happy to come here and work for the Food Bank, to give back and do a random act of kindness,” said Milkallie Hodge, a Berkeley College Honors student who was interviewed by FiOS1 News at the Food Bank for Westchester in White Plains, NY. Click here to view the clip.
In Newark, NJ, Berkeley College volunteers worked with ITV It Takes a Village, Inc., a nonprofit spearheaded by alumna Nicole Singletary.
“I was so impressed with the work of our Berkeley College alum, Nicole Singletary, and her organization,” said Michael Iris, Berkeley College Senior Director, Alumni Relations and Online Career Services. “We spent the day weeding, cleaning and painting, and prepared raised garden beds for vegetables. I really enjoyed learning about the organization and the positive impact it has on the community.”
In the weeks since the effort, the College has received letters of thanks from the organizations for the hundreds of hours contributed by the volunteers.
“We value our relationship with Berkeley College tremendously and look forward to many more years of partnering with you,” wrote Judy Freeman, Program and Evaluation Coordinator of Gilda's Club Westchester, which supports those affected by cancer. “Your associates and alumni are a wonderful group. I wish you could see how beautiful our planters are and what a difference they make when people walk in our doors. We so appreciate your generosity and kindness.”
Photo Captions: (Top) Berkeley College volunteers show their work at the White Plains YMCA in White Plains, NY, on the College’s 7th Annual Community Service Day. (Above) Berkeley College associates and alumni work in the Newark community with ITV It Takes a Village, Inc., a nonprofit spearheaded by alumna Nicole Singletary.