Grand Canyon University

GCU and the Value of Community Service

April 11, 2017 by GPUL Events

For 65 years, Grand Canyon University has been a gateway of success for scholars and industry leaders within the Phoenix valley. The university has invested millions into their school to help improve the quality of academic offerings and student experience, with new classrooms, labs, libraries, support centers, residence halls, and recreational facilities.

But Grand Canyon University does more for students than introduce educational concepts – they also encourage students to volunteer and help within the community. The mission of GCU is guiding students to become socially responsible, compassionate leaders that make an impact on their local, national, and global communities. The university does this with several programs that serve our community, such as the Phoenix Dream Center, Hopefest, and its annual Run to Fight Children’s Cancer.

Other programs include:

  • Learning Lounge: the GCU Learning Lounge offers current college and secondary school students with resources for their toughest subjects. These include free small group or one on one tutoring.
  • Canyon Cares Christmas: During the holiday season, GCU and volunteer students, faculty, and staff create Christmas wonderlands for neighborhood families. These events include lunch, craft activities, donated gifts, and even a visit from Santa himself.
  • Phoenix Dream Center: GCU supports the center with their mission to serve homeless and low income youth and those struggling or at risk individuals or families. The center provides resources, opportunities, and services to help them realize the dream of self-sufficiency.
  • Habitat for Humanity: GCU also supports the efforts of Habitat for Humanity and its mission to build and repair homes for underprivileged people, renovating entire communities of homes in the West Phoenix neighborhoods.
  • Lopes for Literacy: GCU’s education outreach program that encourages children to read and develop a passion for books and ensures their future success. The program also helps children with fitness and nutrition, college exploration, and math and financial literacy.

For their work in the community and their initiative to promote volunteerism within their students, faculty, and staff, the Greater Phoenix Urban League is proud to present GCU the Whitney M. Young Award on May 12th. This award highlights an organization’s commitment and efforts to create social change within our communities and residents.

Named after Whitney M. Young, Jr, the award celebrates the legacy of the former president of the National Urban League, who made a crucial impact on the Civil Rights Movement and also enacted social change within underserved communities.