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.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
The weekend after Hurricane Sandy, the Brooklyn Free Clinic, which is staffed and run by Downstate students, and SUNY Downstate faculty and staff partnered with community and local government leaders to bring urgent medical care to the Red Hook community, a Brooklyn neighborhood located on the waterfront.The damage done by the hurricane was evident in the number of individuals seeking food, clothing, and warm shelter. As medical professionals, the Downstate team was filling a desperate need for health services and urgent care.
More than 100 Downstate volunteers mobilized to bring an urgent care clinic to the Joseph A. Miccio Community Center in Red Hook. In just over four hours, nearly 50 patients were provided with emergency care, medications, and psychosocial services. Seven physicians from Downstate’s Emergency, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry departments came to provide their expertise. Five nurses contributed their experience and skills to triage and discharge patients; and students from all Downstate schools came to triage and treat patients, run registration and discharge tables, and canvas the neighborhood for people in need of services. It was truly an interdisciplinary work force that came together to provide much needed hope and support to our Brooklyn neighbors. Additional Hurricane Sandy relief activities conducted by Downstate included a food drive, with over 600 pounds of canned goods donated to local organizations, and a blood drive to help alleviate Sandy-related blood bank shortages.
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