GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY CITYSERVE HELPS OVER 6,500 FIRST-YEAR FAMILIES

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More $3 million household items were distributed to families in need

PHOENIX, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Grand Canyon University CityServerthe CityServer state subsidiary for Arizona, has provided household items and daily necessities to more than 6,500 families since its establishment a year ago. More $3 million value of surplus goods from major retailers such as CostcoAmazon and walmart were distributed by TOS partners at distribution points (PODs).

In September last year, GCU partnered with CityServe, a collaborative network of faith-based nonprofits, businesses, retail, farms and food supply, to become the first university of the country to serve as a HUB for non-profit organizations. The GCU HUB relies heavily on volunteers, with students, faculty and staff immediately rallying to the cause. In the first year of operation, more than 2,700 volunteer hours were spent managing the HUB.

“GCU is in a unique position to serve as a CityServe hub because of who we are as a Christian university and because of the insatiable desire of our students, faculty, and staff to give back and positively impact communities that surround us”, President of GCU Brian Müller said. “The number of families we were able to help in the first year alone exceeded our initial expectations and we will continue to grow this as we raise awareness. Items that many of us take for granted, such as a bed or a sofa or clothes bring comfort to families facing difficult circumstances.”

GCU CityServe has more than 90 PODs statewide, impacting families as far north as Flagas far west as Yumaas far south as Tucson and as far east as Globe. Here are some examples of people the GCU HUB has been able to help:

  • A former homeless Vietnam veteran who received furniture for his first home
  • A single dad whose wife died of illness received a crib, clothes and other essentials for his baby
  • A young man who walked to work every day and received an electric bicycle
  • A foster family of five who received household furniture
  • A drug addiction and homelessness rehabilitation center that received outdoor furniture
  • A teacher’s lounge at an elementary school that received decor and decorative chairs
  • Homeless veterans and others who received clothing, shoes and food
  • A single mother of four who received furniture after her flat was destroyed by fire
  • A family of four who sold many of their possessions in order to pay rent increases and received a new bed
  • And more.

“We strive to be the best stewards of the items we receive,” the GCU CityServe HUB manager said. Nathan Cooper. “A big part of that is being able to distribute very specific items that families or individuals have requested through our POD partners. These items go beyond the basics, we are able to provide items that can turn a house into a home.”

Originally, 35,000 feet of warehouse space was created to house all the goods. Just six months later, the warehouse was expanded to over 88,000 feet to meet the demand for incoming goods.

“In just one year, GCU has become a model for CityServe’s university vision to equip and engage students to meet community needs and help families move from dependency to sustainability,” said David Donaldsonco-founder of CityServe.

About Grand Canyon University: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is from arizona first private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers 312 academic programs, accents, and certificates for traditional undergraduates and working professionals. The University’s curriculum emphasizes interaction with classmates, in person and online, and individual attention from instructors while fusing academic rigor with Christian values ​​to help students find their goal and to become competent and caring professionals. For more information, visit gcu.edu.

About CityServe: CityServe is a collaborative network of churches and community leaders who help people in need live better lives. CityServe enables the local church to fulfill its purpose of overcoming despair and transforming lives by empowering them with tangible goods and capacity building. CityServe brings the church to the table to address community challenges by providing lasting relationships that lead to transformation and has been designated a “Community of Faith and Opportunity” by the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information about CityServe and its initiatives, please visit https://cityserve.us/ or on social platforms @cityservehq.

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