The holidays remind us this is the season of giving. All members of SUNY make a concerted effort to volunteer and contribute to their respective campuses and local communities. The 30 Days of Giving campaign highlights students and faculty across all of our 64 campuses who participate in volunteerism and give back to those in need. With over 467,000 students and three million alumni, we want to celebrate the impact the SUNY community has made in all of their unique community service projects. As we learned last year, 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.
Herkimer County Community College
Herkimer County Community College partnered with Herkimer Now, the Village of Herkimer and Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful to implement “A Cleaner & Greener Herkimer” in April. About 35 students along with faculty and staff participated in various clean-up projects including a roadside in East Herkimer, Herkimer Main Street, two local community parks and a canal clean sweep. Director of Student Activities Vicki Brown said the initiative was “a collaboration with various community organizations and the College to clean up the parks in and around Herkimer.” Student organizations that participated included the Upsilon Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and Phi Beta Lambda. Herkimer College student clubs and organizations have conducted clean-ups in the community for the past several years and plan to clean the area parks again in the spring.
Shaniese Alston was a student assistant in the Office of New Media of the State University of New York for the fall 2013 academic semester while a student at the University at Albany.