Giving Is Always in Season
Dear Berkeley Community,
This month, Berkeley College in New York earned a place on the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The distinction is the highest federal recognition that colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Throughout the year, Berkeley College supports charities in the critical areas of food, shelter, health, and student success, through the Berkeley Cares initiative. Berkeley Cares is a community outreach program led by the Berkeley College Office of Student Development and Campus Life, which oversees the various community service activities undertaken by associates and students. The largest Berkeley Cares effort of the year is Community Service Day, which was held in May 2014. Associates, students, and alumni at Berkeley provided more than 1,000 hours of service to 27 community service agencies in New Jersey and New York.
The holidays bring awareness to the needs our communities face year-round, but giving is always in season, as we strive to help our communities in meaningful ways throughout the year. I hope you enjoy this glimpse of giving at Berkeley.
If you would like to share your thoughts or spread the news of more good deeds, you can tweet your comments @BerkeleyCollege #SeasonofGiving.
Happy holidays from all of us at Berkeley College. May your New Year be filled with acts of kindness and joy!
Dario A. Cortes, Ph.D.
President of Berkeley College
Berkeley College Online® held a Virtual Coat Drive in support of Jersey Cares. Students and staff were invited to take an online pledge before dropping off coats at Berkeley College or at a donation site in their local community. Read more.
Professor LaToya Trowers-Bell and her students volunteered for Citymeals-on-Wheels. The students worked in pairs and went door to door, meeting residents and delivering meals to the homebound elderly. Read more.
Students in the Medical Assistant program volunteered their time and expertise to check vital signs and screen individuals for high blood pressure at a local March of Dimes event. Read more.
Surgical Technology students took the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for The ALS Association. Volunteers from Berkeley College Career Services and the Office of Student Development and Campus Life also volunteered to be doused in ice water to support the cause. Read more.
Students and staff volunteered at the Go Red for Women Luncheon, an initiative of the American Heart Association that seeks to educate women about the risks of heart disease. Read more.
The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs organized a baseball outing for Snowball Express, an organization that creates happy memories for the children of servicemembers. Read more.
Students found that they didn't need a green thumb to volunteer at Hope Garden, a community garden at the corner of Springfield Avenue and Bergen Street in Newark. They just needed to roll up their sleeves and get to work – planting flowers, weeding, mulching, and painting benches. Read more.
Associates recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by participating in Lee National Denim Day, a fundraiser that has raised more than $91 million since its inception in 1996. Read more.
A team of associates and students joined the Go Orange to End Hunger campaign, hosted by the Food Bank for Westchester. The month-long campaign focused on hunger awareness and relief in Westchester County. Read more.
Students and staff participated in the fifth annual Bowl for Hunger event at the Woodbridge Bowling Center, which raised funds for area food banks. Read more.
As a team-building exercise, the Information Systems department built and donated bicycles for children in need at Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, NJ. Read more.