Saratoga A campus-wide initiative by Skidmore College has collected thousands of dollars in donated items and money to be given to local assistance programs in need this holiday season.
Thousands of food items, school supplies, toiletries and monetary donations were collected by Skidmore Cares, a program began by Skidmore President Philip Glotzbach and his wife Marie in 2006.
“We’re trying to teach the students the importance of responsible citizenship,” said Marie Glotzbach. “We found the program can demonstrate the importance of being involved in a global community or at least in this case a local community.”
Hundreds of students and faculty members are involved in Skidmore Cares, including five student organizations and all athletic teams. The majority of items were donated by faculty, while the money was raised through donations at basketball games, residence halls and the college’s annual “Beatlemore Skidmania” event, a concert of Beatles music performed students and staff.
This year, $10,000 was raised, in addition to 1,740 food donations, 400 toiletry items and boxes of school supplies. Glotzbach said 2011 has been the program’s most successful year since it began six years ago.
Each year, a giant sleigh is placed outside of Scribner House, the president’s home. Donations are then dropped off at the annual holiday open house.
The next day, on Monday, Dec. 12, students and staff delivered the items.
The food donations were given to the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, the Franklin Community Center and the Salvation Army. School supplies were donated to the Corinth School District and the Latino Advocacy Program of the Saratoga County Equal Opportunity Program. School supplies and toiletries items were donated to the Saratoga Springs School District PATHS program, which promotes academics for temporarily housed students.
Lillian McCarthy, director of community services for the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council said the donations have been “wonderful.”