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30 Days of Giving: Taking Volunteerism to Scale

SUNY's 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.


Day 14

Binghamton University

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Binghamton University students and Staten Island natives Nicholas Agostino and Dana Borrero were quick to respond. “So many people completely lost their houses and must now start from scratch,” said Borrero, “We felt the need to do something to help them rebuild…” Agostino and Borrero teamed up and started a Hurricane Sandy relief fund, Giving Back from Far Away, to help their hometowns recover.

The two students and their friends held a resource drive that produced several truckloads of supplies. All collected supplies were sent to a FEMA drop-off location in the affected region. Giving Back from Far Away also enlisted the support of their off-campus residence, University Plaza, and six other locations on campus and in the community to serve as drop-off locations for donations.  The students organized fundraisers with three local businesses and collected close to $500 in monetary donations all within a few weeks’ time. Agostino and Borrero also collaborated with two other Binghamton University student organizations, Habitat for Humanity and Tau Alpha Upsilon, to collect donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief at their all-you-can-eat pancake dinner, “Cloudy with a Chance of Pancakes.” The event was attended by over 250 Binghamton University students and community members and raised over $1000 in proceeds for Giving Back from Far Away.

Agostino speaking to the media about the donations procured by Giving Back from Far Away for victims of Hurricane Sandy.  (Photos taken from Binghamton University Habitat for Humanity’s Facebook page)
Students pose with their pancakes at Habitat for Humanity and Tau Alpha Upsilon’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Pancakes” event. All proceeds went to “Giving Back from Far Away” a student-run Hurricane Sandy relief fund. (Photo taken from Binghamton University Habitat for Humanity’s Facebook page)



30 Days of Giving Intro:SUNY System Administration at Equinox

30 Days of Giving - day 1 - Farmingdale State & Buffalo State
30 Days of Giving - day 2 - Alfred State & Schenectady County CC
30 Days of Giving - day 3 - Upstate Medical & Fulton-Montgomery CC
30 Days of Giving - day 4 - Suffolk County CC & Binghamton University
30 Days of Giving - day 5 - Stony Brook University
30 Days of Giving - day 6 - Cayuga CC
DAY 730 Days of Giving - day 7 - Downstate MedicalDAY 830 Days of Giving - day 8 - Herkimer County CCDAY 930 Days of Giving - day 9 - Onondaga CCDAY 1030 Days of Giving - day 10 - SUNY Plattsburgh
DAY 1130 Days of Giving - day 11 - OneontaDAY 1230 Days of Giving - day 12 - UAlbanyDAY 1330 Days of Giving - day 13 - Genesee CCDAY 1430 Days of Giving - day 14 - Binghamton UniversityDAY 1530 Days of Giving - day 15 - Dutchess CC
DAY 1630 Days of Giving - day 16 - Herkimer County CCDAY 1730 Days of Giving - day 17 - SUNY OrangeDAY 1830 Days of Giving - day 18 - SUNY College of OptometryDAY 1930 Days of Giving - day 19 - DelhiDAY 2030 Days of Giving - day 20 - Monroe CC
DAY 2130 Days of Giving - day 21 - Tompkins Cortland CCDAY 2230 Days of Giving - day 22 - Niagara County CCDAY 2330 Days of Giving - day 23 - Columbia-Greene CCDAY 2430 Days of Giving - day 24 - Onondaga CCDAY 2530 Days of Giving - day 25 - Herkimer County CC
DAY 2630 Days of Giving - day 26 - SUNY OswegoDAY 2730 Days of Giving - day 27 - Monroe CCDAY 2830 Days of Giving - day 28 - Jefferson CCDAY 2930 Days of Giving - day 29 - Nassau CCDAY 3030 Days of Giving - day 30 - Oswego

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