Posted by Julia Leef and Sarah Barry
Skidmore Cares hosted an information session on Wednesday, Dec. 1 to spread awareness about its mission and beneficiaries. The organization, started by President Phillip Glotzbach and Marie Glotzbach in 2006, aims to support local organizations, specifically during the holiday season.
Marie Glotzbach addressed the group with representatives from most of the 10 organizations that receive aid from Skidmore Cares.
Donations are collected by a group of "cheerleaders," Skidmore employees who work to promote and organize the event.
The program is founded on the idea of being a good neighbor to the community. "We want the community to make a difference," Glotzbach said.
Skidmore Cares' beneficiaries include Corinth Central School District where Skidmore Cares funds a summer enrichment program, The Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Saratoga County and the Salvation Army. "It's good to know we have people supporting us," said Capt. Amber Boone from the Salvation Army.
Skidmore Cares started with only faculty and staff participation, but student involvement has grown. Several student organizations are involved in efforts to support the program. Student Athletes Advisory Committee meets each month to organize service and community initiatives.
This year the Polar Plunge event at Lake George raised over $2,000 for canned goods during the holiday season. Benef-Action is also involved, as well as the Student Government Association. Proceeds from Beatlemore Skidmania also go to the event - this year the event raised approximately $4,500.
Organizers started collecting goods last Thursday; the donations are later distributed with the help of student athletes.
President Glotzbach and Marie Glotzbach will hold a Holiday Open House for Skidmore Faculty and Staff as well as volunteers and agency representatives on Dec. 11 to celebrate the holiday season. The Skidmore Cares Sleigh will be parked outside Scribner House accepting donations from Dec. 9 to 11.