NEWS RELEASE: “Pace Cares” Initiative to assist communities severely affected by Hurricane Sandy

Pace University has formed the Pace Cares Initiative, the result of a university-wide task force established to mobilize volunteer efforts of the Pace community to offer assistance to faculty, staff, current students, and communities who were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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 “Pace Cares” Initiative to assist communities severely affected by Hurricane Sandy

 Friday, Nov. 16, is Pace Cares Day: The Pace community will work together on the New York City and Westchester campuses to collect food, clothing donations

Pace University establishes the “Pace Cares Fund” to provide financial assistance to Pace students who have been affected by the storm

New York, Nov. 14, 2012 – Pace University has formed the Pace Cares Initiative, the result of a university-wide task force established to mobilize volunteer efforts of the Pace community to offer assistance to faculty, staff, current students, and communities who were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy.

On Friday, Nov. 16, the Pace community comes together on its Lower Manhattan and Westchester campuses to collect food and clothing donations for those affected by the storm. Pace Cares Day will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the downtown New York City campus at One Pace Plaza in the Multipurpose Room; and on the Pleasantville campus at the Kessel Campus Center in the Gottesman Room. Donated goods will be distributed to a variety of local and national organizations that are helping victims.

In addition, the university has established the Pace Cares Fund to provide financial assistance to Pace students who have been affected by the storm. Pace alumni, faculty, and staff have made donations to support this undertaking, and ongoing efforts to raise money will continue campus-wide.

Pace Cares Day is a collaboration across campuses and departments, with participants working together to respond to immediate need in the wake of the storm. University Transportation is providing vans for the delivery of donations, and more than 100 students, staff, and faculty will be volunteering throughout the day.

Based on guidelines and needs from non-profit organizations, Pace is only able to accept the following donations:

NEW OR GENTLY USED/WASHED CLOTHING

•           New/gently used coats, hats, gloves

•           New/gently used blankets or towels

NEW FOOD

•           Bottled water

•           Breakfast/Granola bars

•           Single-serve cereal boxes/cups

•           Peanut butter

•           Canned fruit or juice boxes (100% juice)

NEW PERSONAL CARE ITEMS

•           Body soap

•           New toothpaste/toothbrushes

•           Deodorant

•           New Diapers/Baby Powder

CLEANING SUPPLIES

•           Trash Bags/Ziploc Bags

•           Multipurpose Spray Cleaners

•           Mops/Sponges

Pace University students continue to help those hit hardest in the wake of Sandy. Photo ops and interviews can be arranged for members of the media who would like to catch the students in action or speak with students and faculty who were personally affected by the storm.

Pace’s commitment to community service, civic engagement and philanthropy has been put into action even as the university community has been struggling to regain normalcy on all campuses and in the homes of students, administration, staff and faculty. On campus, issues with power restoration, Internet connectivity and phone service have recently been resolved. Off campus, the Pace community is turning adversity into a moment to help those hit even harder.

Pace’s Center for Community Action and Research has been continually partnering with volunteers in the communities impacted by the storm.

About Pace University: For 106 years, Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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