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Time to take next step in Allocate to Elevate process

January 31, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Pledges are still coming in strong for Allocate to Elevate, the workplace-giving program for GCU and GCE employees. They are eyeing a $3.4 million pledge goal for the initiative, funded through the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit and Public School Credit. Employees who have pledged are taking the next step in the process as they prepare to file their taxes and claim their credit, and employees who haven’t diverted their tax dollars to Habitat, School Choice Arizona or public school extracurricular programs still have time to help the Allocate team reach that lofty pledge goal.

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GCU alum is Instagram hit with students, teachers

November 29, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Shay Quitno was terrified. She couldn’t sleep. It was her first day ever of teaching a class after graduating from GCU last spring. Quitno shared those feelings on Instagram, a project by the College of Education to chronicle the first year of a COE graduate in hopes that aspiring teachers and others can see what it’s like and learn from it. “Life with Shay” has been a social media hit. Quitno had more to say (and film) on a recent day in her classroom at Hermosa Vista Elementary School in Mesa, where it was evident her training overcame rookie teacher anxiety.

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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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Why Give with Purpose is more important than ever

November 19, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Matt Cooper, Food Drive Coordinator for St. Mary’s Food Bank, shared that this has been the most challenging year for the organization in its 53-year history. When the pandemic hit Arizona in the spring, he said the number of food bank clients doubled and, at one point, tripled, at a time when 80% of its volunteer force disappeared. With the need being so great, Community Relations Manager Debbie Accomazzo said, “The year of the pandemic would NOT be the year that GCU would step away from our mission of addressing food insecurity.” That need makes the Give with Purpose holiday employee giving campaign more important than ever, though it will look a bit different than past years.

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