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Skidmore community supports local nonprofits through 2023 Skidmore Cares

December 5, 2023

The Skidmore College community worked together for the 18th consecutive year to give back to local families and community organizations through the Skidmore Cares program.

Skidmore faculty, staff, and students donated about 3,400 food items and more than 1,700 school supplies and personal care items for Saratoga County community organizations.

In addition, ticket and T-shirt sales from Skidmania ’73, a Skidmore musical tradition performed this year on Nov. 17 and 18 at Arthur Zankel Music Center, raised more than $15,000. For the second year in a row, Trustee James Zankel ’92 committed to making a matching gift.

During the Pack the Rink ice hockey game Nov. 17 at Saratoga Springs City Rink, canned goods were collected as part of the community service program.

Sorting Skidmore Cares donations

Vicky Grijalva ’24 and Apple Alvarez ’24 pack up donations for Skidmore Cares on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Scribner Carriage House.

The annual efforts bring together the campus community while strengthening the College’s connection to the greater Saratoga community, says President Marc Conner.

“Skidmore Cares provides an opportunity to support the wonderful agencies in our community that do so much to help those in need,” Conner said. “Every year I continue to be inspired by how our generous, caring Skidmore community finds creative ways to give back through this incredible program.”

Skidmore Cares donation drop-off

Rachel Cantave, assistant professor of international affairs, and Dustin Connors, along with their baby, drop off goods during Skidmore Cares donation collection on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Scribner Carriage House.

Led by Associate Director of Athletics Megan Buchanan and Associate Director of Civic Engagement Michelle Hubbs, numerous faculty, staff, and students volunteered to collect, sort, and deliver contributions to 10 local community service organizations: Shelters of Saratoga, Franklin Community Center, Mary’s Haven, LifeWorks Community Action, Wellspring, Saratoga Springs City School District PATHS, the Latino Advocacy Program, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, and Saratoga Center for the Family.

The donations continue to meet a critical need in the local community. Founded in 2006, Skidmore Cares has collected more than 75,000 food, personal care, and school supplies items and raised an estimated $180,000 for community causes over the years.

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