Skid­more Cares kicks off 14th sea­son of giv­ing to its neigh­bors in need

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sarato­gian staff

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> For the 14th con­sec­u­tive year, fac­ulty and staff at Skid­more Col­lege are join­ing to­gether through the Col­lege’s Skid­more Cares pro­gram to as­sist those in need in Saratoga County.

Since the com­mu­nity ser­vice pro­gram was be­gun in 2006 by Skid­more Pres­i­dent Philip A. Glotzbach and Marie Glotzbach, the Skid­more com­mu­nity has do­nated more than $108,000 in mon­e­tary gifts, more than 26,000 food items and nearly 12,000 school sup­plies to non­profit agen­cies through­out Saratoga County.

On Wed­nes­day, ap­prox­i­mately 125 Skid­more fac­ulty and staff mem­bers at­tended a kick­off lun­cheon on cam­pus to mark the be­gin­ning of the do­na­tion ef­fort.

“What Skid­more Cares is all about is an op­por­tu­nity for the Skid­more com­mu­nity to come to­gether and to have a mo­ment of good fel­low­ship and for all of us to give – and give back – to the larger com­mu­nity,” Glotzbach said. “It’s a time of gath­er­ing. It’s a time of cel­e­bra­tion of the sea­son. And we are very happy to com­bine that with this op­por­tu­nity for giv­ing.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sev­eral Saratoga-based com­mu­nity ser­vice agen­cies at­tended the lun­cheon.

The dona­tions made by the Skid­more com­mu­nity will be dis­trib­uted to 10 par­tic­i­pat­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice agen­cies and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing Corinth Cen­tral School Dis­trict, Franklin Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, Latino Com­mu­nity Ad­vo­cacy Pro­gram, Mary’s Haven, Sal­va­tion Army, Saratoga Cen­ter for the Fam­ily, Saratoga County Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­nity Coun­cil, Saratoga Springs City School Dis­trict PATHS pro­gram, Shel­ters of Saratoga and Well­spring.

“The power of watch­ing com­mu­nity lead­ers and gen­er­ous Skid­more vol­un­teers come to­gether with a com­mon de­sire to make Saratoga a bet­ter place is in­spi­ra­tional and beau­ti­ful,” said Marie Glotzbach, who has helped spear­head Skid­more Cares for the past 14 years.

The pro­gram cul­mi­nates on Dec. 6 with an event for mem­bers of the Skid­more com­mu­nity at Scrib­ner House, the pres­i­dent’s res­i­dence. Dur­ing the event, con­tri­bu­tions are col­lected in a Skid­more Cares sleigh. After­ward, vol­un­teers, who in­clude both stu­dents and em­ploy­ees, sort dona­tions, load trucks and de­liver the goods to par­tic­i­pat­ing agen­cies.

“We’ve worked very hard in our time at Skid­more to make it very ev­i­dent to the City of Saratoga Springs and to the larger re­gion that Skid­more is a good neigh­bor,” Pres­i­dent Glotzbach said.

“We have been able, by work­ing with lo­cal agen­cies and school sys­tems, to pro­vide some very con­crete aid to or­ga­ni­za­tions that help peo­ple in need in our area,” Glotzbach added.

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Philip A. Glotzbach, pres­i­dent of Skid­more Col­lege, along with his wife, Marie Glotzbach, stand with stu­dents and fac­ulty dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Skid­more Cares event.

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