Skidmore students ready to sort donations on Skidmore Cares Friday (photo by Eric Jenks)
Skidmore Cares unites campus in effort to help the community
Food drop-off at the Salvation Army (photo by
As the holidays approach and the fall semester wraps up at Skidmore College, students, faculty, and staff are once again making a concerted effort to help those in need in the surrounding communities.
Spearheading this effort is Skidmore Cares, an annual campus-wide initiative launched in 2006 by Skidmore President Phil Glotzbach and his wife, Marie. This year the program culminated on Dec. 7—designated as Skidmore Cares Friday—with the collection food, toiletries, school supplies, and money to assist local agencies that serve the community.
As Skidmore students and staff set out mid-day on Monday, Dec. 10, to deliver the donations, the tally was impressive: some 1,700 food items, 200 toiletry items, and boxes brimming with school supplies.
This year’s Skidmore Cares beneficiaries are the Franklin Community Center, Salvation Army, Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC), Domestic Violence Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County, Mary’s Haven, the Latino Community Advocacy Program, Corinth Central School District, the Saratoga Springs City School District PATHS Program, and Shelters of Saratoga.
These agencies also will receive shares of cash donations totaling more than $10,600. The funds came from campus contributions and from donations by several vendors who do business with Skidmore.
Said Peter Whitten, executive director of Shelters of Saratoga, “Our additional shelter capacity and expanded outreach to homeless singles and families both at area motels and ‘on the street’ have taxed our ability to provide all of the personal care items they need. Skidmore Cares has stepped up at just the right time to fill this gap.”
The Skidmore Cares fundraising effort has been boosted by proceeds from "Beatlemore Skidmania,” the College’s annual concert of Beatle music performed by students, faculty, and staff. Organized by Professor of Music Gordon Thompson and a group of his students, the program this year featured three sold-out performances in November in the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Proceeds from two of the concerts have been donated to Skidmore Cares, while funds from the third show will support scholarships in the community.
The Glotzbachs initiated Skidmore Cares seven years ago to emphasize the importance of responsible citizenship by working together to assist those in our area who are less fortunate. Each year, as faculty, staff, and their families gather for the annual campus holiday open house, they drop off food donations in a sleigh on the front yard of Scribner House, the president’s home. This year the collection was held on Friday, Dec. 7.
The collection effort was coordinated by campus “cheerleaders” in each division of the College. The student component of the drive was led by Skidmore’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the campus organization Benef-Action, which promotes student volunteerism in the community.
“Skidmore Cares builds on the College’s heritage of being a good neighbor and provides a very personal way for our students and employees to help address the needs of families within the greater Saratoga Springs region,” said Marie Glotzbach. “It is especially important to us to give back to our community during these difficult economic times.”