30 Days of Giving: Taking Volunteerism to Scale

SUNY's 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.

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Day 27

Monroe Community College

Bill Brancatella is a second-year college student and pitcher on the Monroe Community College baseball team. On a recent Friday morning, he and more than 20 other MCC athletes left their studies and their sports for a few brief hours, boarded a bus and joined nearly 400 fellow athletes from seven area colleges and universities who visited first-graders at seven City of Rochester elementary schools. Their goal was to illustrate the impact of reading.

When his baseball coach first asked for volunteers, Brancatella didn’t hesitate. “My hand just kind of shot up there,” he said.

During the morning-long event, student-athletes were each paired with a first grader. They all gathered in the elementary school’s gymnasium where college students read “The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss to the first-graders. They played reading games, shared a healthy snack and each first-grader was given the book to keep. “It was such an escape from campus life,” said Brancatella. “Try not having fun when you’re hanging out with a bunch of six- and seven-year-olds. They were great.”

The Giant Read, a signature event of the READ: Hope in Action program, was created by Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007. Next spring, each participating college and university will help keep the project momentum going by hosting an on-campus tour for the sixth-grade students of its adopted elementary school. The tour will include another chance for students to interact with MCC student-athletes during lunch, games and a question-and-answer exchange about the college experience.

 Monroe CC reads with elementary students

 


 

30 Days of Giving Intro:SUNY System Administration at Equinox

DAY 1
30 Days of Giving - day 1 - Farmingdale State & Buffalo State
DAY 2
30 Days of Giving - day 2 - Alfred State & Schenectady County CC
DAY 3
30 Days of Giving - day 3 - Upstate Medical & Fulton-Montgomery CC
DAY 4
30 Days of Giving - day 4 - Suffolk County CC & Binghamton University
DAY 5
30 Days of Giving - day 5 - Stony Brook University
DAY 6
30 Days of Giving - day 6 - Cayuga CC
DAY 730 Days of Giving - day 7 - Downstate Medical DAY 830 Days of Giving - day 8 - Herkimer County CC DAY 930 Days of Giving - day 9 - Onondaga CC DAY 1030 Days of Giving - day 10 - SUNY Plattsburgh
DAY 1130 Days of Giving - day 11 - Oneonta DAY 1230 Days of Giving - day 12 - UAlbany DAY 1330 Days of Giving - day 13 - Genesee CC DAY 1430 Days of Giving - day 14 - Binghamton University DAY 1530 Days of Giving - day 15 - Dutchess CC
DAY 1630 Days of Giving - day 16 - Herkimer County CC DAY 1730 Days of Giving - day 17 - SUNY Orange DAY 1830 Days of Giving - day 18 - SUNY College of Optometry DAY 1930 Days of Giving - day 19 - Delhi DAY 2030 Days of Giving - day 20 - Monroe CC
DAY 2130 Days of Giving - day 21 - Tompkins Cortland CC DAY 2230 Days of Giving - day 22 - Niagara County CC DAY 2330 Days of Giving - day 23 - Columbia-Greene CC DAY 2430 Days of Giving - day 24 - Onondaga CC DAY 2530 Days of Giving - day 25 - Herkimer County CC
DAY 2630 Days of Giving - day 26 - SUNY Oswego DAY 2730 Days of Giving - day 27 - Monroe CC DAY 2830 Days of Giving - day 28 - Jefferson CC DAY 2930 Days of Giving - day 29 - Nassau CC DAY 3030 Days of Giving - day 30 - Oswego

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