Season of Giving: 85 Acts of Kindness

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In Honor of Our 85th Anniversary Year,
Count the Many Ways Berkeley College Cares

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In 2016, Berkeley College celebrated its 85th year of preparing students not only for career success, but for a future of engaged citizenry in their communities. To emphasize the importance of volunteerism and the role that community service has in both the workplace and the learning experience, students, faculty and staff set a goal to complete 85 Acts of Kindness during the milestone year.

“Community service helps build awareness about the role nonprofit organizations play in keeping our local communities strong and vibrant,” said Michael Smith, President of Berkeley College. “These efforts serve as an impetus for inspiring our faculty, staff, alumni and students to continue to share their time and talents with their communities.”

The College easily surpassed its goal of 85 Acts of Kindness, assisting organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Citymeals-on-Wheels, and Gilda’s Club Westchester.

The largest effort took place on Community Service Day, the College’s signature volunteer initiative, now in its seventh year. Nearly 300 Honors students, alumni, faculty and staff contributed 1,131 hours of service at 30 nonprofits in New Jersey and New York.

“Thanks to you and your wonderful volunteers,” wrote the New York Public Library, following Community Service Day, when Berkeley College associates helped the organization sort files and ephemera. “We truly appreciate your efforts each year.”

“We value our relationship with Berkeley College tremendously and look forward to many more years of partnering with you,” wrote Gilda’s Club Westchester. “Your associates and alumni are a wonderful group. We so appreciate your generosity and kindness.” 

Photo Caption: Berkeley College volunteers plant flowers at the White Plains YMCA, contributing to the 85 Acts of Kindness initiative during the College’s anniversary year.

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