NEWBURGH — Mount Saint Mary College’s Dean Goldberg, associate professor of Communication Arts and Film Studies, was recently named president of the Newburgh Ministry Board of Directors.
Goldberg had been serving as vice president of the Ministry since January 2017.
The Newburgh Ministry is a culturally diverse, grassroots organization located in the City of Newburgh’s east end. It serves the area’s low-income and homeless populations.
The Mount has collaborated with the Newburgh Ministry for years, enhancing both organizations’ service to the community and fostering hands-on learning opportunities for Mount students. The powerful partnership has led to the creation of community literacy programs, countless donation drives, and scores of students who integrate service into the fabric of their education and their daily lives.
For example, cooperation between the Newburgh Ministry and Mount Saint Mary College has led to the successful Jumpstart program. Developed by Mount teacher candidates, Jumpstart is a literacy class for at-risk elementary and middle school students. Run by Mount volunteers, the goals of the program are to improve children’s life perspectives, develop their reading and writing skills, and increase their confidence in their abilities.
Through the college’s Campus Ministry, students regularly donate hundreds of food and clothing items per year to the Newburgh Ministry, as well as volunteering their time.
As part of the long running Medical Link program, the Mount’s School of Nursing has assisted Newburgh Ministry’s physician in charge through the aid of nursing students, who temper their classwork with the real-life experience. The School of Business has also volunteers their time and students, including helping the underserved complete their taxes in February, March, and April through the Tax Aide program.
Other Newburgh Ministry achievements include a thrift store where local people in need can purchase necessities, and the Winterhaven shelter, which has provided those without homes a warm place to spend the night for more than a decade.
In addition to Goldberg, Sr. Margaret Anderson, OP, Mount Saint Mary College Board vice chair; Sr. Patricia Sullivan ‘64, OP, professor emerita of mathematics; and Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., former campus chaplain, are all currently serving or have served as members of the Newburgh Ministry board.
The Newburgh Ministry’s upcoming 35th anniversary gala will be held in Hudson Hall at Mount Saint Mary College in October 2018.