Approximately 750 SUNY Oneonta students—the most ever—teamed up with community volunteers at 48 sites throughout Otsego County last spring during the Into the Streets annual day of service sponsored by the college’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community.
Teams of students traveled to assigned sites in Oneonta, Laurens, Milford, Cooperstown and Edmeston, where they spent up to six hours in volunteer activities such as painting, cleaning and window-washing at nonprofit agencies, schools and churches; clean-up at area parks and trails; and landscaping at a variety of organizations.
SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community provides students with a variety of volunteer and service-learning opportunities throughout the year. More than 20 percent of the SUNY Oneonta student body participates in community service activities ranging from annual events — such as Freshman Service Day and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life — to regular commitments like working at the Saturday’s Bread and Lord’s Table community feeding programs.
Taras Kufel is the Manager of Digital Engagement at the State University of New York.