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30 Days of Giving 2013: Bringing Volunteerism to Scale

30 Days of Giving - 2013

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.



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The 30 Days of Giving Campaign highlights stories about volunteerism and engagement at individual SUNY campuses. This has been the second annual campaign and a beautiful display of humanity and New York kindness stemming from college communities across the Empire State.

Given the always-connected world we now live in, the ability to become aware of and organize efforts around community needs is easier than ever. The volunteer events, programs, classes and projects that take place on individual campuses are almost innumerable with focus on engaging with community partners from k-12 schools, to veterans, to existing volunteer organizations, to student-led not for profit organizations. The impact by students on the communities surrounding their campuses does not end with volunteerism, but extends to other types of engaged learning like service-learning, cooperative education, internships, field work and engaged research. The impact that engaged learning has on students is undeniable.

If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities all over the state please visit where you can learn more about The State Commission on National and Community Service’s 10 Regional Volunteer centers. You can also find a list of Community Service Resources on our website to learn about service learning and organizing volunteer efforts in your region.



2013 30 Days of Giving:

School of Management students with the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Scholars program rebuild Walnut Street Park in Binghamton

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 1

Members of Binghamton’s PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholars program joined forces with community members and other civic groups to help ... [more]

Herkimer County Community College students pose with tools at a park cleanup event

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 2

Herkimer County Community College partnered with Herkimer Now, the Village of Herkimer and Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful to implement ... [more]

Onondaga Community College team members stand in front of a newly built playground

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 3

Students in Onondaga’s Architecture and Interior Design Club dedicated themselves to helping others. Their invaluable work resulted in ... [more]

Over 70 Farmingdale volunteers wave after packing wellness bags for area veterans

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 4

The Long Island Veterans Initiative at Farmingdale recently coordinated the volunteer efforts of Farmingdale State College’s ... [more]

SUNY Sullivan's Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs addresses the students, faculty, administration and community members gathered at last year's Lights for Learning Tree Lighting Ceremony outside of the college's Kaplan Student Union.

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 5

The SUNY Sullivan Foundation’s annual Lights for Learning campaign supports high school juniors and seniors in Sullivan County ... [more]



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30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 6

If they were tired from hours of lugging boxes, moving furniture and hanging posters, the 200 freshmen who signed up to spend the day after ... [more]

Students from PS 235 dressed in Halloween costumes with candy in hand.

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 7

The Residential Life and Services Office at SUNY Downstate conducts a wonderful, and safe Trick or Treating event for children at ... [more]

Hudson Valley Community College students during a day in Schoharie County spent helping with the S.A.L.T Recovery effort.

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 8

About two dozen Hudson Valley Community College students traveled to Schoharie County in February 2013 to assist with ... [more]

    Genesee Community College students stand pool-side with buckets of rubber ducks at the campus Ducky Derby

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 9

Genesee Community College is jumping in once again to help raise money for Genesee County United Way ... [more]

SUNY Fredonia Operation Breakfast Rescue - collecting and packing breakfast items for Rural Ministry Friendly Kitchen

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 10

This year, during the week of Nov. 2-9, SUNY Fredonia continued its commitment to service. Over 300 student volunteers worked ... [more]

A car packed with donations from food drives in central NY

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 11

SUNY Empire State College in collaboration with the SUNY Center for Professional Development, and SUNY Upstate Medical ... [more]

Male student athlete from SUNY Geneseo stands with rake and tarp in hand outside.

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 12

Over 300 members of the SUNY Geneseo Athletics Department recently took part in the annual community leaf raking event ... [more]

Veteran Club members Lloyd Roseboom, Wayne VanNostrand, College President Dr. Dustin Swanger, and Veteran Club president Charles DelToro stand with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at a Veteran's Bake Sale

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 13

Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Student Veteran Club held a bake sale fundraiser which had a surprise visit from ... [more]

Veteran Club members Lloyd Roseboom, Wayne VanNostrand, College President Dr. Dustin Swanger, and Veteran Club president Charles DelToro stand with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at a Veteran's Bake Sale

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 14

Second grade students at the World of Inquiry School in the Rochester City School District embarked on an exciting adventure with Monroe Community College ... [more]

SUNY Purchase Project Focus

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 15

Purchase College students are getting a hands-on experience with local youth so that they can help strengthen the campus community and enhance their own educational experience. ... [more]

SUNY Cobleskill Logo

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 16

Throughout the year, SUNY Cobleskill is deeply involved in community activities. Below and just three of the many ways that students reach out to impact New Yorkers. ... [more]

SUNY Orange County Community College Volunteer inside truck with gift boxes

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 17

This year the employees of SUNY Orange are celebrating our 10th year of adopting less fortunate families for the holiday season. ... [more]

SUNY ESF Logo - Community Impact

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 18

General chemistry students from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) participated in a service- ... [more]


30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 19

Two SUNY Canton student clubs are spending the holiday season raising money and collecting donations for kids being cared for ... [more]

ACS students in business attire after presentation, in front of chalk board

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 20

Whether it’s creating science kits for area preschoolers or providing educational supplies to schools in South Sudan, Monroe Community College students are ... [more]

Two Empire State College Hudson Valley Center employees stand behind donations

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 21

Empire State College‘s Hudson Valley Center (HVC) employees have once again worked together to help bring an early holiday to the Sharing Community in Yonkers. ... [more]

Associate Professor of Computer Science/Mathematics Joseph Scampoli and Assistant Professor for Human Services Dawn DeFino display the Giving Tree.

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 22

Columbia-Greene Community College helps families in need at the holidays with its Giving Tree Project. The program, now in it’s second ... [more]

Jefferson Community College female staff members with books gathered form the holiday book drive

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 23

Jefferson Community College (JCC) faculty, staff and students collected 342 children’s and young adult books for the annual Literacy of ... [more]

Binghamton University men's basketball players outside of the Binghamton Salvation Army during the United Way Day of Caring

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 24

The Binghamton University basketball programs took part in the United Way ‘Day of Caring’ in September. Members of the men’s and women’s basketball ... [more]

Rockland Community College students and faculty stand near newly constructed homes at Homes for Heroes

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 25

Rockland Community College students along with the advisor for the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity joined forces with the RCC student ... [more]

Farmingdale State College students kneel behind boxes of donated food stuffs

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 26

Every year, Farmingdale State College collects food and non-perishable goods for Island Harvest, which rescues and distributes food ... [more]

Anil Moore, student at Onondaga Community College stands before a Meals on Wheels display

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 27

Anil Moore made the most of his time both on and off the Onondaga Community College campus. ... [more]

Hudson Valley Community College baseball team members in team uniform jerseys stand inside an Applebees Restauarant.

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 28

Student-athletes at Hudson Valley Community College were busy this fall assisting a number of local organizations and were recognized ... [more]

Fulton-Montgomery Community College Rad Tech students pose outside at Disaster and Trauma project

30 Days of Giving 2013 - Day 29

About five years ago, I attended a lecture on “Service Learning.” I was excited to try this new way to teach in my Advanced Procedures class at Fulton-Montgomery Community College ... [more]


    Maxwell Morgan

      Written by Maxwell Morgan

      Maxwell was a Coordinator of Digital Engagement for The State University of New York.

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