More Than 500 Berkeley College Faculty and Staff Participate in Community Service Day
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THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010
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MORE THAN 500 BERKELEY COLLEGE FACULTY AND STAFF
PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
Berkeley College declared June 11 Community Service Day and closed all seven campuses as well as Berkeley College Online. Instead of reporting to work, 530 faculty and staff volunteered at 44 diverse community service organizations in New Jersey and New York. At the end of the day associates had served a total of 2,500 hours.
“Serving lunch with my team at the Hoboken Shelter, I was humbled by the gratitude and dignity of our homeless guests,” says Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, who worked at the shelter with 11 associates.
Berkeley College has a long tradition of serving organizations in the local and global community. The Berkeley College Charity Car Show, held at the Bergen Campus in Paramus, NJ, last fall, raised more than $18,000 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. And earlier this year, Berkeley College donated more than $16,000 toward relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the nation in January.
Berkeley College associates worked in four New York boroughs as well as in Rockland and Westchester counties. Volunteers sorted food at the Food Bank for Westchester in Millwood, NY, and delivered meals to the homebound in Manhattan through Citymeals-on-Wheels and Encore Community Services’ Meals-on-Heels program.
Associates were spread across seven counties in New Jersey, performing a variety of tasks. They spruced up Frank D. Zaccaria Memorial Park in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Passaic County; collected litter and debris on a Sandy Hook Beach in Monmouth County; and prepared kits for the American Cancer Society Relay4Life at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, Bergen County.
Throughout the day Berkeley College social media communicators Tweeted on a Community Service Day Twitter page. In addition, associates captured special moments via Flip camcorders and digital cameras that were then placed on Facebook and Flickr. Back in the classroom faculty will share their Community Service Day experiences with students.
A leader in business education for 79 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, including 665 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark; two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains; an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area and Berkeley College Online. Concentrations are offered in more than 20 career fields, and all campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption: Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, (third from left) worked alongside other Associates at the Hoboken Shelter during Community Service Day, June 11. The College closed all New Jersey and New York campuses and sent 530 faculty and staff to volunteer at 44 diverse community service organizations.
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