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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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COVID-19 couldn’t stop GCU’s mission in community

February 16, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

COVID-19 may have disrupted so many things — everything, really — but it couldn’t stop the GCU community from finding ways to help its neighbors. From establishing new partnerships, such as with CityServe International in the USDA Farmers to Families food box distributions, to strengthening existing partnerships with such groups as Chicanos por la Causa, GCU has become an even more integral part of the community. “It’s a more intimate relationship that we have with the community,” said Community Relations Manager Debbie Accomazzo. “We’re all coming from the same place of vulnerability, and, because of that, we all have the same risks and many of the same things at stake. So I think we’re sharing that vulnerability in new ways.” Reprinted from the February 2021 issue of GCU Magazine.

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