30 Days of Giving: Taking Volunteerism to Scale
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.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Binghamton University students and Staten Island natives Nicholas Agostino and Dana Borrero were quick to respond. “So many people completely lost their houses and must now start from scratch,” said Borrero, “We felt the need to do something to help them rebuild…” Agostino and Borrero teamed up and started a Hurricane Sandy relief fund, Giving Back from Far Away, to help their hometowns recover.
The two students and their friends held a resource drive that produced several truckloads of supplies. All collected supplies were sent to a FEMA drop-off location in the affected region. Giving Back from Far Away also enlisted the support of their off-campus residence, University Plaza, and six other locations on campus and in the community to serve as drop-off locations for donations. The students organized fundraisers with three local businesses and collected close to $500 in monetary donations all within a few weeks’ time. Agostino and Borrero also collaborated with two other Binghamton University student organizations, Habitat for Humanity and Tau Alpha Upsilon, to collect donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief at their all-you-can-eat pancake dinner, “Cloudy with a Chance of Pancakes.” The event was attended by over 250 Binghamton University students and community members and raised over $1000 in proceeds for Giving Back from Far Away.
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