Grand Canyon University believes in giving back. From the beginning, we have done our best to contribute to the areas around us to improve the community. In fact, GCU has the world’s largest contract with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that focuses on bringing individuals together to build homes, communities and hope for a better future. They desire to provide homes for those in need and hope that in the end, every individual will have a roof over their heads. They are a Christian organization that uses their faith and ministry as a tool to spread love to all people, while providing them with resources they otherwise lacked.
The Arizona Habitat for Humanity has been around since the 1980s and serves as a nonprofit organization that partners with various business in the valley, one of which is GCU. “Serve the City” is a GCU-sponsored event in which our students partner with Habitat for Humanity twice a year to spend several hours together working in the community. On Saturday, February 10, almost 300 GCU students and an additional 50 volunteers volunteered at Garcia Elementary School. They worked on the playgrounds, shoveled dirt, painted exterior walls, re-vamped the basketball courts and repainted the school’s emblem.
On Monday morning, the students of Garcia Elementary were overjoyed with their revitalized school. They shouted with glee as they discovered all the new additions and changes that had taken place over the weekend. As a university, it is exciting to be able to be a part of something so impactful through such a small way of donating a few hours on a Saturday. These elementary children will forever be grateful for the work of GCU and Habitat for Humanity. Many of our honors student had the opportunity to give back during Serve the City to spread their impact on our community, inside and outside GCU’s walls.
To learn more about how Grand Canyon University’s Honors College is inspiring student leaders to help give back to the community, visit our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.
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