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After 12-month hiatus, GCU returns to Serve the City

February 08, 2021 / by / 3 Comments

When COVID-19 struck Arizona last spring, the University paused many of its community initiatives, including its most visible one — its partnership with Habitat for Humanity to renovate homes in the Canyon Corridor. But after a 12-month hiatus, about 50 GCU students and staff on Saturday fanned out into the neighborhood to work on renovation projects at five homes as part of Serve the City. It was a pared down version of the semiannual event to keep in line with COVID-19 protocols. It also was a triumphant return to doing what GCU does best: help its neighbors. “It’s just really cool to be able to slowly bring back things that we really look forward to doing under normal circumstances,” said senior finance major Jacob Norgord while painting one of the homes. “It just helps us feel like we’re one step closer to hopefully being back to normal, even if that is with masks or whatever it might be.”

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GCU-CityServe partnership delivers to those in need

December 03, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Students volunteers had the chance to roll up their sleeves Wednesday for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program distribution event at the 27th Avenue complex, an event hosted by GCU in partnership with CityServe International. About 165 students loaded and delivered more than 1,050 boxes of food prepared by Shamrock Farms, each weighing about 30 pounds and filled with everything from meat to bags of apples and carrots, cheese, milk and more. The boxes went to more than 20 community service organizations and churches, which then distributed those boxes to families in need. It was just the first event in an even bigger project with CityServe in which the University would be the Arizona distribution hub for products that will go to needy families.

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Slideshow: GCU Day at Back to School Clothing Drive

July 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau A herd of purple-clad GCU staff, professors and students were among the many volunteers who participated on the second day of the annual Back to School Clothing Drive. Some volunteers at GCU Arena helped children fill enormous bags with clothing and other goodies while Thunder, Dance and Cheer team members and GCU soccer and volleyball players revved up the crowd. Upstairs, GCU College of Education Dean Kim LaPrade signed copies of her book, “Thunder’s Vision,” and everywhere, people smiled warmly at shy children and grinned with every glimmer of joy.   

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