Skidmore Cares lends a helping hand during the holidays
Dec. 10, 2013
Once again Skidmore Cares has brought together faculty, staff, and students during the holiday season to make a significant contribution to local families in need.
An annual campus-wide initiative, the program was launched in 2006 by Skidmore President Philip Glotzbach and Marie Glotzbach. This year the effort culminated on Dec. 6—designated as Skidmore Cares Friday—with the collection of food, school supplies, toiletries, and money to assist local agencies that serve the community.
As Skidmore students and staff set out mid-day on Tuesday, Dec. 10, to deliver the donations, the tally was impressive: some 2,000 food items, over 200 toiletry items, and boxes brimming with school supplies.
Phil and Marie Glotzbach with student helpers
This year’s Skidmore Cares beneficiaries are the Corinth Central School District, Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County, Franklin Community Center, Latino Community Advocacy Program, Mary’s Haven, Salvation Army, Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC), the Saratoga Springs City School District PATHS Program, and Shelters of Saratoga.
These agencies also will receive shares of cash donations totaling nearly $12,000. The funds came from campus contributions and from several vendors who do business with Skidmore.
The Skidmore Cares fundraising effort has been boosted by proceeds from "Beatlemore Skidmania,” the College’s annual concert of Beatle music performed by students and faculty. 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 totaling $8,000 from two of the concerts have been donated to Skidmore Cares, while funds from the third show will support scholarships in the community.
Sorting food items kept students busy.
The Glotzbachs initiated Skidmore Cares eight years ago to emphasize the importance of responsible citizenship and community service. Each year, as faculty, staff, and their families gather for the annual campus holiday open house, they drop off donations in a sleigh on the front yard of Scribner House, the president’s home. That day has become known as Skidmore Cares Friday.
Campus “cheerleaders” in each division of the College communicated with their colleagues about the collection effort. Students were involved through the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Benef-Action, and the Student Government Association, as well as through "Beatlemore Skidmania.”
“It is inspirational to work with members of our campus community to organize and rally our collective campus effort to make a difference in the greater Saratoga region,” said Marie Glotzbach. “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 participate.”