“It’s all about giving back and taking care of the community. Our calling is to do whatever we can to help those less privileged. GCU CityServe has great potential and we’re committed,” shared Jerry Colangelo, businessman and former owner of the Phoenix Suns, at the Night in Support of GCU CityServe on Feb 1st in Arizona.
Over $300,000 was raised at the fundraiser dinner, hosted by Barry and Karen Meguiar, President of Meguiar Car Wax and CityServe Advisor. Leaders of local organizations and businesses gathered to learn about the impact GCU CityServe has had on families in the Phoenix community since its launch in September 2021 and its vision to serve Arizona statewide. Funds raised will cover trucking and transportation costs of goods-in-kind (GIK) from national retailers to the GCU CityServe HUB—a student-powered warehouse on the GCU campus.
“This is the purest form of ministry . . . showing compassion to those who are hurting,” said Brian Mueller, president of Grand Canyon University. “We want to help where we can and [this] is the first step towards restoration.”
“We are celebrating what God has already done through this partnership,” commented Dave Donaldson, co-founder and chairman of CityServe. “This is a great opportunity for friends from the community to sponsor truckloads which each provide between $50,000 to $100,000 worth of product for those in need.”
Now with 57 PODs (point of distribution) in its collaborative network supply chain, GCU CityServe has distributed over $600,000 worth of GIK to families in need. The GCU CityServe HUB is also expanding its 35,000 square foot warehouse to 100,000 square feet to make room for additional product and growth.
“When two great organizations come together like GCU and CityServe, along with the Lord’s blessing, you know it’s going to be a tremendous success,” exclaimed Mike Ingram, Chairman of El Dorado Holdings, Inc. “This is a winner, no doubt. We’re with you all the way!’
“It’s all about giving back and taking care of the community. Our calling is to do whatever we can to help those less privileged. GCU CityServe has great potential and we’re committed,” shared Jerry Colangelo, businessman and former owner of the Phoenix Suns.
Most recently, a family in Buckeye, Arizona had lost their home and all their possessions in a house fire. In the waiting for insurance to issue funds, a local church was able to move in, wrap around the family and bring numerous items they immediately needed. This is the core of CityServe—to resource the body of Christ to fill a need and show compassion to anyone who needs it.
Jesus commissioned us to care for “the least of these.” Through goods-in-kind like apparel, home furnishings, and other household items, the local church can show compassion.