Monroe College Students to Participate in Annual Fall Community Service Weekend on Oct. 7-8

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Nearly 200 Monroe College students, faculty, and staff will participate in the College’s annual fall Community Service Weekend this Friday and Saturday, October 7-8.

...we take great joy and pride in being able to help our neighbors by volunteering our time, talent, and even a little muscle to help such worthy projects and causes...

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Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, today announced that nearly 200 students, faculty, and staff will participate in the College’s annual fall Community Service Weekend this Friday and Saturday, October 7-8.

The Community Service Weekend serves as an opportunity for the College to give back to its neighboring communities. More than 150 students have signed up to participate in 12 events planned throughout the greater Bronx and New Rochelle areas, home to the College’s two New York campuses.

Monroe’s team of volunteers will work this year on community clean-up projects, food and clothing drives, and park restoration work, among other causes. They will also assist at soup kitchens and senior centers, and work with children in organized activities, such as reading, art projects, and playtime games. Several students will participate in an initiative to spread cheer by sending letters and greeting cards to hospitalized children, veterans, and seniors, among others.

“Monroe College has been a part of the Bronx for more than 80 years and a member of the New Rochelle community for more than 30, and we take great joy and pride in being able to help our neighbors by volunteering our time, talent, and even a little muscle to help such worthy projects and causes,” said Kathryn MacDonald, Monroe College faculty member and coordinator of its Honors Program, which traditionally leads the fall Community Service Weekend.

Among this year’s scheduled Community Service Weekend events:

Friday, Oct. 7:

  • Neighborhood clean-ups in Yonkers and downtown New Rochelle
  • Visiting with seniors through the Wartburg Adult Day Service Program
  • Food drive to benefit Lifting Up Westchester
  • Storytime for children at the New Rochelle Public Library
  • Organize clothing donations for Quainoo Ministries and The Sharing Shelf

Saturday, Oct. 8:

  • Neighborhood clean-up in Yonkers
  • Helping The Father's Heart Ministries feed the hungry
  • Lead art projects and playtime activities for children at The Ittleson Center
  • Participate in letter writing campaigns to cheer children, veterans, and seniors

Monroe College will host a similar community service event in late winter. Local charitable organizations interested in hosting future Monroe College community service volunteers may contact Kathryn MacDonald at kmacdonald(at)monroecollege(dot)edu.

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real-world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe is among the leading higher education institutions in the country for graduating minority students.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu

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Jacqueline Ruegger
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