Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Berkeley College Community Service Day

Berkeley College has a long tradition of serving organizations in the local and global community. On Friday, May 11, 2012 we continued this tradition with our annual Berkeley College Community Service Day.

I am proud to report that over 350 Berkeley College associates and 15 alumni volunteered over 1,500 hours of community service at 36 locations across New York and New Jersey.

Community Service Day at
Room to Grow in New York City
This year I volunteered at Room to Grow, a non-profit foundation with the mission to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty. Room to Grow provides parenting support and essential baby items to families across New York City that they receive through donations. Our task on Community Service Day was to sort and organize the donated clothes and toys.

Community Service Day with Mayor McCormac
at Trinity Church in Woodbridge, NJ
 While we spent the day knee-deep in baby blankets, our colleagues were busy serving lunches at the Hoboken Shelter, cleaning up the beaches in Sandy Hook, NJ, delivering meals with City Meals on Wheels, planting a garden at Gilda’s Club, as well as
other activities in New York and New Jersey.  

Giving back is a core value of Berkeley College. Teaching and learning takes place both in and out of the classroom and is critical to the full educational experience of our students.

Community Service Day is a wonderful opportunity for our associates to give back to the communities where we live and work.

Please share your Community Service Day experience or tell me about your past service experience by clicking on the comments section.

President Cortes


  1. I had a wonderful experience on Community Service Day.

    I spent the day at Oasis in Paterson, NJ, an organization that seeks to empower women and their children through educational resources, food, and clothing. I walked away feeling serene and fulfilled. The staff was dedicated and the programs offered to their target population were of high quality. I will certainly seek to work with this organization in the future.

    I am grateful to Berkeley College for providing the opportunity.

    Thank you!

  2. I had a wonderful time painting a deck at a group foster home for teenage boys in NJ. Being new to Berkeley and the area, it was great to get to know more about this community issue and also my new colleagues. Also, the chance to get outside and work in the sunshine was refreshing! Thanks for supporting this great project.

  3. It was a great experience volunteering at the Covenant House. It felt good to give to the community and espcially helping our homeless teenagers who need some assistance in getting on their own two feet. I was very proud to be a part of this event.