October Is Community Service Awareness Month At GCC
PR 027 – October 2, 2013 College Relations, Communications, and Marketing
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Student signing up for charity walk

Lauren Rose Albert Foundation representatives Betty Bartkovsky (left) and Patti Kelly (center) provide GCC student Jean Baptiste, of Mullica Hill, with more information as he signs up for the Mothers Matter 5K Run on Oct. 20.

Deptford Twp. – The Gloucester County College campus community is embracing the spirit of volunteerism, having kicked off its Community Service Awareness Month on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Dr. Frederick Keating, president of GCC, was joined by Gloucester County Special Services School District Assistant Principal Margaret Daly and Lauren Rose Albert Foundation President Susan Rose to discuss the importance of student involvement in service-learning projects.

The College has teamed up with both organizations for the Gloucester County Autism Walk on Oct. 5 and the Mothers Matter 5K Run on Oct. 20. 

“We know what we are capable of and we know what we have achieved in the past. We have a wealth of opportunity here at Gloucester County College to engage our students in meaningful work,” said Keating. “Our institution has a tremendous track record of community service.”

Setting the bar higher, the Department of Student Life, Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa honor society will contribute to even more charitable enterprises this coming year.

“One of the major goals of the Student Government Association is to plan more service-related activities this year,” said President Korey Jeffries. “Historically the College’s Athletic Department has been a part of the Gloucester County Autism Walk. It won the NJCAA Champions of Character Award in 2010 for it. This year we hope to increase our number by inviting the whole student population.”

On Oct. 16, GCC will participate in Lee’s National Denim Day. Employees can pay $5 to wear jeans to work with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Students can sign up through the Gift of Life organization to become organ donors on Oct. 23. The SGA and on-campus Adult Center for Transition will coordinate a Bandana Day fundraiser on behalf of the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation. Alicia Rose supports teens with cancer.

 “It’s amazing what organizations like the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation are doing,” said Stephen Frey, PTK president. “Community service is not only good for the community but also the individual. I’m challenging fellow students to get more involved and to make a difference.”

Gloucester County College’s 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, right off Exit 56 of Route 55.