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GCU Shares Community Impact Information in New Report

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

As Grand Canyon University continues to grow, so does our commitment and responsibility to positively impacting the communities in which we attend school, live and work. Throughout our 60-year history, GCU has steadily gained a reputation for changing lives all over the world through education and community outreach. To help document our commitment, the University has created a new Canyon Cares 2009 Community Impact Report, which is being distributed this week to Valley leaders. The report highlights just a few of the ways GCU positively contributes to the communities we serve through campus-wide outreach efforts, individual contributions of our faculty, staff and students, and as an employer. (Click here to see a copy of the report, which will be updated annually.) “Our purpose in sharing this information is to demonstrate GCU’s longstanding servant leadership-based culture,” said GCI CEO Brian Mueller. “This culture drives us as an organization and as individuals to seek our opportunities to positively impact and contribute to the communities in which we live and work. Less obvious but equally as important is the impact GCU has on our community’s economy and growth, both as an employer and as the training ground for some of the most sought-after […]

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“Finding My Shoes” Outreach Helps Phoenix Homeless

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

The “Finding My Shoes” event, presented by GCU Ambassador of Inspiration & Achievement Brenda Combs, was a success, outfitting local homeless with jackets, blankets, shoes, hygiene kits, gloves, hats and sleeping bags. Brenda collected more than 1,500 blankets, 600 jackets, 500 pairs of shoes, 500 hygiene kits and 50 sleeping bags. The event also served breakfast to more than 675 people. “It was such a blessing to be able to give the homeless community these resources, and to make them as comfortable as possible while sleeping at the overflow shelter,” she says. “The overflow shelter is actually a fenced in parking lot, so people are essentially sleeping on the ground. I am so grateful for how GCU stepped in a helped me collect and deliver these items to people in desperate need!” Brenda organized the event through her Finding My Shoes organization. The outreach program provides services to the homeless community. This was the second event of the year and presented on at the Human Services Campus, located at 230 South 12th Avenue, in Phoenix. Local news media covered the event, including ABC News Phoenix (video here) and KTAR (story here). Her office is located in Building 18 on GCU’s […]

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Art Students Host Photo Gallery to Support GCU Missions

December 08, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

“Introduction to Digital Photography” students are continuing to host a photo gallery through December 18 in the Student Union, displaying some of their Fall Semester projects. Select photos will be offered for sale, with proceeds to benefit GCU missions in 2010. “It’s really a win-win situation,” comments partipant Mychal Hammonds, a Junior. “We’re able to market ourselves as student photographers while benefiting local and international mission’s teams and charities.” Visit the gallery in the Student Union and donate today! To purchase a photograph or donate to GCU missions, visit Terri Faust in the Spiritual Life Office. For more information about photography opportunities at GCU, contact Cheryl Christensen at cchristensen@gcu.edu.

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