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.
Onondaga Community College
Anil Moore made the most of his time both on and off the Onondaga Community College campus. While completing work toward an Architectural Technology degree he also spent a significant amount of time volunteering.
Moore participated in the Americorps Education Award Program, a scholarship program that benefits service volunteers. Between his school work and additional internships, finding time for volunteering was challenging. However, Moore successfully completed 300 hours of service at Meals on Wheels over the course of nine months and received an Education Award of $1,175 through Americorps.
Meals on Wheels of Syracuse serves nearly 400 clients daily, and delivering meals gave the South Carolina native a chance to connect with them. “As I am not originally from the area, the Americorps Education Award Program was a rewarding opportunity to get more acquainted with the Syracuse community,” Moore says.
Moore earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the gold level for his service. Sarah Parton, who works in community relations at Meals on Wheels says, “Anil was invaluable. His attitude, dedication, and reliability are truly appreciated here. We would love to have even a couple more volunteers like Anil.”
Glenn is a student assistant in the Office of New Media of the State University of New York. He is an undergraduate economics and political science major at the University at Albany in Albany, NY.