30 Days of Giving 2015: Dare to Care Day at Buffalo State
Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner, President of SUNY Buffalo State College, shares details about the Dare to Care Day events held at and around the college earlier this fall:
On an autumn Saturday morning, hundreds of students, faculty, and staff members arrived at the Sports Arena to participate in our community service day, Dare to Care. This year was the seventh consecutive September community service day at SUNY Buffalo State College, which received the largest response to date with nearly 1,000 participants signing up to give back to the Buffalo community. This Dare to Care Day was held in collaboration with the United Way Day of Caring. It was wonderful to see that several faculty and staff members arrived with their children to participate in the service day along with the student body.
Students and others quickly signed up for the service projects of their choice from the 20 partners listed. Laura Hill Rao, director of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, and her staff provided outstanding organization and support for the events. Projects ranged from cleanup along the Scajaquada to community gardens to painting projects. Each project was unique and provided support for an important need within the community. Participants walked or were transported by bus to nearby sites.
I was able to visit several projects during our Dare to Care Day. I began working with the Grant Street Neighborhood Center Pocket Park Project, where I joined members of the Buffalo State community as we planted flowers and shrubs in a renovated lot. This project was conducted through a partnership with PUSH Buffalo and a Fulbright Canada grant awarded to Susan Maguire, associate professor of anthropology.
Next I was off to the Broadway Market project, where we were painting recycled automobile tires to create decorative doll structures from varied cultures. I must admit, I was glad to know that the concept and artistic designs had been previously completed, and our task was to translate the designs into a colorful reality. Several of our students had significant artist abilities, and soon the patterns emerged that would showcase the structures.
Then, to complete my service day, I visited the None Like You/We Care project. This is a group of active community citizens led by Elizabeth Triggs. Several projects were flourishing under the guidance of community members, including bench restoration and repair, gardening, and assistance for elderly community members.
It was a spectacular day, one that clearly manifested Buffalo State’s commitment to the city of Buffalo and our surrounding communities. I thank the hundreds of Buffalo State volunteers who joined our ranks as Bengals dared to care for our community on September 19, 2015.
Photos from the event can be viewed here: http://photos.buffalostate.edu/2015-Events/91915-Bengals-Dare-to-Care-Commu/
2015 30 Days of Giving
- Day 1: Binghamton University hosts Welcome Week Service Project
- Day 2: Brockport hosts a Saturday of Service
- Day 3: Niagara CCC Penny Wars for St Jude’s Children Research Hospital
- Day 4: Farmingdale Little Flower Event
- Day 5: Onondaga CC works to help K.I.D.S.
- Day 6: Tompkins Cortland Participates in Cancer Resource Charity Walk
- Day 7: SUNY ESF Contributes to the Food Recovery Network
- Day 8: Literacy Matters at FMCC
- Day 9: HVCC Builds Walls for Habitat for Humanity
- Day 10: Oswego’s Positive Community Impact Through SEFA
- Day 11: Dutchess CC Organizes Clothing and Food Drives
- Day 12: Morrisville Holds Back To School Drive
- Day 13: Charity on Ice at SUNY Cortland
- Day 14: Delhi’s Out of the Darkness Event for Suicide Prevention
- Day 15: Dare to Care Day at Buffalo State
- Day 16: FIT Students Engineer Garments for Veterans with Disabilities
- Day 17: SUNY Ulster Sends Text Books to Kenya
- Day 18: Niagara CCC Tackles Breast Cancer Awareness
- Day 19: Herkimer CCC Supports Gram Lorraine Children’s Christmas Program
- Day 20: Jefferson CC Gives Gift of Comfort
- Day 21: SUNY Canton Giving Tree
- Day 22: Alfred State participates in ELK Charity Challenge
- Day 23: Old Westbury goes Shopping for Service
- Day 24: SUNY Oneonta Giving Tree
- Day 25: Purchase College provides free ESOL classes
- Day 26: Tree Trot at Fredonia supports Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Day 27: Geneseo Continues to Provide Hurricane Relief
- Day 28: Rockland CC luncheon raises funds for Alzheimer’s Foundation
- Day 29: Stony Brook Bike-A-Thon For Disabilities
- Day 30: Suffolk County CC volunteers at Special Olympics event