For Monday, January 30, 12:15 pm
-- Over 200 Student Veterans and Active Military Personnel Will Benefit from the Renovation, Made Possible by Student Veterans of America and The Home Depot Foundation --
Queens College will unveil its newly renovated veterans club space, made possible by an $8,000 Vet Center Initiative Grant from Student Veterans of America (SVA) and The Home Depot Foundation. The college—among 50 nationwide grant recipients—used the funds to enhance analready welcoming campus environment for student veterans by purchasing lounge and kitchen furniture, a computer, appliances—including a refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig coffee machine—and renovation supplies.
The 2017 designations that recognize Queens College’s support for student veterans include Military Friendly School and Military Friendly “Gold” School (for graduate study), both by Victory Media; and inclusion in the Military Advanced Education & Transition College and University Guide.
Speakers will include Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez; Director of Veterans Support Services Dennis Torres; Veterans Club President James Marone, and Councilmember Eric Ulrich
Expected guests include representatives from Black Veterans for Social Justice; the Manhattan Veterans Administration; the Queens, Bronx, and Manhattan Veterans Centers; the NYC Department of Veteran Services; Workforce1; and the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs
Queens College Student Union, 2nd Floor
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens
Click here for directions to QC, and here for a campus map
Background: The SVA and The Home Depot Foundation launched the Vet Center Initiative in 2014 as part of SVA’s mission to provide veterans with the support and advocacy they need to succeed in higher education and afterward. To date, the initiative has helped to build and improve veteran spaces on 61 campuses that serve over 30,000 veterans. By the end of 2016, 111 campuses in 40 states will have received close to $1 million, benefiting more than 53,600 student veterans.
“Our lounge renovation was made possible through the generosity of the Vet Center Initiative, the Student Veterans of America and The Home Depot Foundation. What a terrific way to begin the spring semester—creating a welcoming environment as a way of thanking students who proudly served their country, and who now proudly seek to realize their higher education goals at Queens College.”
About Queens College Veterans Support Services
Queens College’s Veterans Support Services (VSS) is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and developing channels of communication among the college’s student veterans, military personnel, and their dependents. It enhances their experience on campus by welcoming and supporting them and recognizing the contributions they make as citizens and students. The VSS team offers academic and support services in partnership with offices throughout the college. It also provides referrals to local community and government agencies that can offer assistance with housing, medical, and mental health issues.
Located on a beautiful 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Learn more at www.qc.cuny.edu
About Student Veterans of America
SVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit coalition of more than 1,300 student veteran chapters, representing over 540,000 veterans in higher education nationwide. SVA’s mission is to provide military veterans with resources, support, and advocacy to ease their transition into higher education and leverage their military experience to launch successful careers in high-demand fields after graduation. For more information, visit www.studentveterans.org and follow @studentvets on Twitter.
About the Home Depot FoundationThe Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families as well as aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $138 million in veteran causes, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers has transformed more than 25,000 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepot.com/teamdepot