Beginning Monday, November 26, SUNY will be pinning stories of giving, service, and kindness originating from each of our 64 campuses and the communities that these schools are a part of.
With over 467,000 students, SUNY consistently takes advantage of the opportunity it has to be a significant impact in communities across New York State. The 30 Days of Giving campaign is a great way to recognize students and community partners involved in the many projects that happen all year round at each SUNY campus and their surrounding communities. The byproduct of taking volunteerism to scale is not only building character in our students themselves as they join our over three million alumni, but also to set an example of impact as the nation’s largest university system.
University at Albany
On Sunday, Dec. 2, more than a dozen students, most of them from UAlbany’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), EOP counselor Claudio Gomez, and TRIO Director Chris Fernando delivered three school busloads of donated flashlights, bottled water, diapers and canned food to the community of Far Rockaway, Queens, to help people recover from Superstorm Sandy. Gomez organized Project Sandy, which resulted in an outpouring of support from UAlbany students, faculty, and staff to help survivors of Sandy.
This was just one of several trips related to Sandy recovery efforts. Another trip the previous day organized by UAlbany’s Interfaith Center brought 89 UAlbany students to Rockaway Beach to remove furniture from homes damaged in the flooding, rip out rotted drywall, and pump out basements for homeowners. In one night, UAlbany students raised more than $4,000 for Sandy recovery efforts at a Raffle Night organized by Residential Life.
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