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.
In September 2012, in honor of President Virginia Horvath’s inauguration, droves of SUNY Fredonia students, faculty and staff throughout the region worked hand in hand with a variety of partner organizations to address pressing community needs and environmental issues.
This year, during the week of Nov. 2 to 9, SUNY Fredonia continued its commitment to service. Over 300 student volunteers worked on over 15 projects with organizations and agencies in the region.
Projects included leaf raking, mulching trees, painting, cleaning, serving meals, playing Bingo with residents of an assisted living facility, picking up trash, collecting food items for local food pantries, and assisting with local youths and senior citizens.
Agencies slated to receive assistance during the week included the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County, Camp Gross, the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry’s Friendly Kitchen/Garment Gallery/Gleaning Project, Academy Heights Neighborhood Association, Centaur Stride Therapeutic Riding Center, Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels, the Chautauqua County Home, Greystone Nature Preserve, Habitat for Humanity in Mayville and Silver Creek, St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, the Salvation Army and the WCA Home.
In addition, Operation Breakfast Rescue was held on campus Nov. 5 to benefit the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry with breakfast items donated, and Fall Sweep, with students raking lawns in the village of Fredonia, was held on Saturday, Nov. 9. Students also pulled Periwinkle, an invasive species, on the grounds of the College Lodge.