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.
Sullivan County Community College
The SUNY Sullivan Foundation’s annual Lights for Learning campaign supports high school juniors and seniors in Sullivan County schools who are taking part in the College in the Classroom program. As part of the program, qualified students are able to earn college credit through SUNY Sullivan while still in high school. The program prepares them to hit the ground running when they reach college by not only allowing them to collect college credit, but by giving them the opportunity to challenge themselves with college level courses.
Donations to the program are accepted from within the college – faculty, staff, administration, and students have been very generous – as well as from the Sullivan County community at large. Private donors, as well as small and large local businesses have donated to this cause. $5.00 buys a donor a light that adorns the Learning Tree on SUNY Sullivan’s campus. Lights are often purchased to honor specific students, in memory of loved ones, and in show of general support for the college and its ongoing support of its students, both its enrolled student body and those taking advantage of the College in the Classroom program. This is just one of the many successful, yearly fundraising campaigns by the SUNY Sullivan Foundation.
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.