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GCU CityServe nears $750,000 of distributed goods

February 18, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

In a little more than five months, GCU CityServe’s warehouse has received an estimated $1.5 million of household items and is nearing $750,000 of goods distributed to families in need, thanks to the help of some 60 community partners, fundraisers such as the recent A Night in Support of CityServe, and countless volunteers. Just one example of the generosity shared through GCU CityServe is the almost 1,000 toys passed on to families at Christmastime. “It’s just story after story like that,” said GCU CityServe HUB Manager Nathan Cooper as the organization prepares to deliver more needed items to Habitat for Humanity families at Lopes Go Local on Feb. 26.

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GCU CityServe wraps arms around those in need

November 10, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

“We came here 13 years ago and we thought we had a plan, but who could have guessed the plan would have turned out like this?” President Brian Mueller said of GCU CityServe, the University’s most overarching, ambitious, sweeping initiative in the scope of its missional work in the community. This spring, GCU became the first university partner for CityServe, and in the fall it started receiving in-kind goods from national retailers at the campus’ 35,000-square-foot capacity warehouse. Those household goods, everything from furniture to diapers and outdoor equipment, have made it to those in need, such as Congo refugee Salima Kalonji in Buckeye and to residents of the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Globe.

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Serve the City, CityServe brighten homeowners’ day

November 08, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Homeowners on Saturday got a big surprise. Not only did about 200 GCU students descend on their homes to complete landscaping and painting projects, but some of them also received household goods from the University’s new CityServe warehouse. Students fanned out into the neighborhood this weekend to work on home improvement projects at nine homes. The renovation blitz was part of Serve the City, the first Serve the City since COVID hit in spring 2020. “It’s nice to see everyone out here doing it (volunteering) for the same reasons: to show the love of God to others,” said one of the student volunteers, Brooke Alaniva.

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Honors College expands service to community

October 15, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The Honors College has grown so much in the last eight years, one day dedicated to service events wasn’t enough. This week, it hosted its first Commitment to Service Week, providing an opportunity for multiple Honors clubs to volunteer at nonprofit organizations. “We just wanted to integrate service much more heavily and integrate this initiative into the college this semester,” Honors College Program Manager Anya Cofrancesco said. “We just decided to go big and make this a huge campaign. It’s been incredible to see their (students) compassion and just rolling up their sleeves and getting into the community.”

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GCU CityServe officially opens distribution center

September 24, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

At an open house Thursday, GCU officially debuted its CityServe HUB, a 35,000 square-foot warehouse that will be the distribution site for household goods from major retailers such as Amazon and Costco. Those in-kind goods — everything from small appliances to furniture, printers and diapers, to name a few — will be disbursed to community partners that will put them in the hands of families in need. “To be able to do it on a college campus so you can mentor college kids on getting into this mindset, this worldview of helping the less fortunate? It’s fantastic. Praise God,” said Barry Meguiar of Meguiar Wax, a major CityServe supporter..

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Want Jesus’ attention? Serve with mercy, grace

September 14, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When GCU President Brian Mueller looks at the campus and how it has evolved over the past 13 years, he knows all those things could not be accomplished without God’s mercy and grace. At a packed Chapel on Monday – the first of the academic year – Mueller asked this important question: What can we do that will get Jesus’ attention? How can we do as Jesus did and exemplify mercy and grace, not just to each other but to the community we serve outside of campus?

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GCU’s CityServe HUB gearing up for fall launch

August 11, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It has been just three months since GCU and CityServe announced a major initiative — to deliver household, in-kind items from donors such as Costco, Home Depot and Lowe’s to families in need. The GCU CityServe HUB, a warehouse space being carved out in Building 66 on 27th Avenue, received is first three truckloads of merchandise last week, everything from furniture to camping equipment, and delivered those items to one of its community partners in a test run before the HUB’s planned official launch in September. New HUB Executive Director Jay Cory said he has never been more excited than now at what this initiative will mean in transforming the west Phoenix community GCU calls neighbors: “We’re going to change the world.”

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GCU, CityServe creating major distribution HUB

May 10, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

  (May 10, 2021) – Grand Canyon University and CityServe are partnering to create a major distribution HUB on the GCU campus that will provide thousands of household goods to needy families in Arizona. GCU is creating a 35,000-square-foot warehouse on campus that will house products such as clothing, heaters, fans, blankets, furniture, mattresses, food boxes and other essential items provided by major retailers through CityServe. The GCU HUB – powered mostly by volunteers – will provide the items to PODs, or points of distribution, such as churches, schools and social service organizations that will then distribute them directly to families in need. GCU has already identified 40 community partners that will serve as PODs and plans to connect to more than 100 eventually. “This partnership with CityServe is a natural extension of our broader outreach efforts and our five-point plan to transform our surrounding community,” GCU President Brian Mueller said. “CityServe is making a significant impact across the country by empowering local churches and service organizations to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and help those in need. Their mission aligns perfectly with GCU and we look forward to not only partnering with them to provide essential household […]

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GCU, CityServe feed spirit, families on Good Friday

April 02, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

When community partner CityServe called to see if GCU could distribute two truckloads of Farmers to Families Food Boxes on Good Friday, “I knew there was only one answer to give. I mean, you don’t say no. This is your opportunity to say yes,” said Community Relations Director Debbie Accomazzo. The University rallied and found homes for approximately 2,300 boxes of food, just in time for Easter weekend.

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GCU, CityServe continue to connect with community

February 18, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Equality Health Foundation, like GCU, is passionate about championing underserved and vulnerable communities and found a way to do that by making COVID-19 testing more accessible to those communities. But on Wednesday, the organization found another way to help — by addressing food insecurity. It was one of 17 community groups that received more than 1,100 food boxes on Wednesday as part of the latest round of USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program distributions. It was the third distribution for GCU and partners CityServe and Shamrock Farms at a new location, the University’s church property at 31st Avenue and Camelback.

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