Monroe College Students, Faculty, and Staff Volunteer at Local Organizations During Annual Fall Community Service Weekend

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More than 150 students will participate in 12 events planned throughout the greater New Rochelle and Bronx areas, home to the College’s two New York campuses.

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Our Fall Community Service Weekend is a wonderful Monroe tradition...The opportunity to give back by helping local projects and worthy causes is especially meaningful this year as the College celebrates its 85th anniversary.

Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, today announced that it will proudly host its annual fall Community Service Weekend today through Sunday.

The Community Service Weekend is a Fall semester tradition that enables the people who study, teach, and work at Monroe to come together to give back to the College’s neighboring communities by volunteering their time and talents to others. More than 150 students have signed up to participate in 12 events planned throughout the greater New Rochelle and Bronx areas, home to the College’s two New York campuses.

Monroe’s team of volunteers will work on a range of projects. In addition to helping with a clothing drive and park restoration work, they will assist at senior centers and work with children in organized activities, such as reading, art projects, and playtime games. Volunteers will also support the work of Operation Gratitude, a national organization that spreads cheer to veterans and those on active duty by organizing care package deliveries and letter- and greeting card-writing campaigns.

Monroe College Professor Kathryn MacDonald, coordinator of the College Honors Program that leads the fall Community Service Weekend, said: “Our Fall Community Service Weekend is a wonderful Monroe tradition that gives students and employees a terrific way to thank our neighbors for their continued support. The opportunity to give back by helping local projects and worthy causes is especially meaningful this year as the College celebrates its 85th anniversary.”

Among this year’s scheduled Community Service Weekend events:

Friday, Oct. 12

  • Writing thank you letters and cards for veterans and active duty service members
  • Neighborhood park clean-up in New Rochelle

­- Visiting with seniors via the Wartburg Adult Day Care Program and Garito Manor
­- Organize clothing donations at The Sharing Shelf

Saturday, Oct. 13
­- Creating fidget mats to assist those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or autism
­- Neighborhood park clean-up in Hartsdale
­- Volunteering at harvest events at the Queens Botanical Gardens
­- Lead art projects and playtime activities for children at The Ittleson Center

Sunday, Oct. 14
­- Volunteering at harvest events at the Queens Botanical Gardens

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.edu.

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Founded in 1933, Monroe College is a recognized leader in urban and international education. The College is proud of its innovative programs to increase college access, affordability, and completion outcomes, especially among first-generation students. The strength of its warm, supportive culture is reflected in the personal connections fostered among students, faculty, and staff.

Monroe educates close to 8,000 students each year, offering Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs from campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, and St. Lucia. Students may also take courses online.

Programs are offered through seven academic schools, including the Schools of Allied Health Professions, Business & Accounting, Criminal Justice, Education, Hospitality Management and the Culinary Institute of New York (CINY), Information Technology, and Nursing, as well as through King Graduate School. Liberal arts and continuing education programs are also available. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu.

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