Giving back: Goldey-Beacom, Community Foundation

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Bottom row, left, Director of Facilities, Meezie Foster; President Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D.; both of Goldey-Beacom College with a crew of custodial staff from NCC Vo-Tech high schools.

Goldey-Beacom College partnered with the New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District to donate tables and chairs from the College’s Lightning Café to Academia Antonia Alonso (La Academia), a dual-language charter school in Wilmington.

On her tenth day as GBC president, Colleen Perry Keith welcomed a team of vo tech school district workers who loaded more than 30 cafeteria tables, 100 chairs and headed to La Academia. Four trucks delivered enough furniture to outfit two teacher’s lounges and a parents’ section in the cafeteria.

“I am delighted that Goldey-Beacom College could partner with New Castle County Vo-Tech to make this donation of furniture happen for Academia Antonia Alonso,” said Dr. Keith. “To know that this furniture will have continued use in a multicultural setting to support the education of young people makes us proud and underscores that partnerships will make great things happen in our community.”

“Often overlooked, café furniture plays such an important role in the aesthetic tone of a school,” said Executive Director of La Academia, Mercedes Alonso. “For La Academia it will certainly enhance life and eating by providing opportunity to relax and socialize at all meal times. What a great start to our year!”

Work continues on a $30 million project at the college scheduled for completion in fall 2020. It includes the construction of the new William A. Franta Residence Hall and the renovation and expansion of the Joseph West Jones Center providing a new event space with enhanced dining services and athletics facilities for students.

The renovations include clearing desks, chairs and other furniture to make room for upcoming renovations. The college will find new homes for all items in good condition.

The college recently outfitted more than five classrooms in the NCCVT School District with 160 sleigh desks.

District superintendent Joseph M. Jones, Ed.D., said he was happy to pay it forward and offered their trucks to transport the cafeteria furniture to La Academia. “It’s important for us to support one another for the betterment of students,” he said. “What a great example of a cross-organizational partnership!”

Founded in 1886, the College offers graduate and undergraduate degrees with majors in psychology, economics, criminal justice, English, and all areas of business. With alumni from 26 states and 66 nations, Goldey-Beacom College is located in Pike Creek Valley.

Community Foundation awards $55,344 in grants

The Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $55,344 in specific interest grants to 11 nonprofit organizations around the state.

Specific interest grants – created by donors to support issues they are passionate about – focus on arts in Wilmington, long-term care, the fulfillment of children’s wishes, and training and treatment of animals. This year’s recipients are:

  • Delaware Shakespeare – $2,500:To support free, high-quality Shakespeare performances to homeless shelters, prisons and community centers through Delaware Shakespeare’s Community Tour, which launched in 2016.
  • Market Street Music – $2,500:To fund artist fees for a series of free concerts that will increase the availability of music in Wilmington, for those for whom cost, transportation or access is prohibitive.
  • Urban Promise Wilmington – $2,000:To support Speak UP!, a contest that will encourage at-risk teens to practice their skills through writing and presenting an original speech to an audience of community leaders.
  • Grand Opera House, Inc. – $2,500:To support sensory-friendly performances that specifically cater to individuals with autism and other special needs.
  • Exceptional Care for Children – $6,943.69:To fund new bedside storage solutions to help prevent infection in the bedrooms of residents, who are medically fragile children.
  • Arise Delaware – $10,000:To support the Embrace Program, which will provide respite services through monthly three-hour events with dinners, games and socialization for individuals and families affected by disabilities.
  • Colonial Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Inc. – $3,000:To enable the Accessibility Needs Program to serve more disabled individuals in independent living with necessary aids such as ramps, wheelchairs and prosthetic devices.
  • Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley – $7,500:To enable more of Delaware’s critically ill children to receive wishes, which inspire and give hope to the children and their families.
  • Preston’s March for Energy – $7,000:To fund three adaptive bikes to children with developmental disabilities in need of fun, outdoor movement.
  • Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research – $5,000:To provide food, medicine and care for orphaned and oiled native birds, with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat after rehabilitation.
  • Faithful Friends Animal Society – $6,400:To support operation costs for the Free Pet Food & Supply crisis prevention program, which reduces pet relinquishment by providing owners with free pet food, supplies and education for preventative care.
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