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30 Days of Giving 2017 – Day 13: SUNY Poly Gives Back Throughout the Region

SUNY Poly students outdoors in front of a table with Make A Wish table drape.

In addition to the numerous monthly outreach efforts by SUNY Polytechnic Institute faculty, staff, and students at both SUNY Poly’s Albany and Utica campuses to give back to the local and regional communities regularly. This year, many efforts took place with great results. SUNY Poly is proud to highlight the following engagements:

  • SUNY Poly staff with NYS Dept of General Services truck in front of them as they clean up outdoor park space.

    SUNY Poly volunteers with NYS Dept of General Services clean up outdoor park space.

    Ahead of Earth Day 2017 (SUNY Poly) partnered with the City of Albany to help refresh the bike-hike trail along the Hudson River. SUNY Poly faculty, staff, and student volunteers worked with the Department of General Services to revitalize the surrounding area by picking up debris, in addition to raking leaves. The event was part of an annual Earth Day effort emphasizing SUNY Poly’s commitment to improving the environment and serving the community.

  • Bags and boxes of toys at SUNY Poly Adopt-a-Family event.

    Bags and boxes of toys at SUNY Poly Adopt-a-Family event.

    For the second year in a row, SUNY Poly is partnering with the Albany County Department of Child, Youth & Families to Adopt-a-Family this holiday season. Last year, SUNY Poly supported a local mother and her four children by purchasing items off their holiday wish list. Many of the items on their list were household necessities. SUNY Poly faculty, students and staff went above and beyond by fulfilling everything on their wish list and more—making their 2016 holiday one they will never forget. This is just one example of how SUNY Poly is supporting its communities and standing with those in need.

  • SUNY Poly university police in command center showing no-shave November faces.

    SUNY Poly university police in the command center showing no-shave November faces.

    In conjunction with the national initiative known as No-Shave November, SUNY Poly University Police bring in donations that allow them to skip a shave and let their facial hair grow, with funds going to Amazing Gracie’s Gift Foundation. Established in memory of Gracie Lawton, who died before her second birthday from a rare form of cancer, the foundation focuses on helping children and families through their fight with cancer, providing support, hope, and memories to families fighting pediatric cancer or a life-threatening illness. Memories are one of the most important gifts you can have when your child is faced with a life-threatening disease, and the organization aims to help families create memories that will last a lifetime. SUNY Poly does a lot to ensure the success of their communities, not just this season, but year round.

  • Wildcats Care is a club on SUNY Poly’s Utica campus that performs both volunteer and community service to students along with specialized events that better the campus and local Utica community, including The I-90 Cruisin’ Car Show benefitting the Make-A-Wish foundation of CNY for many years. The group also helped start the annual Relay for Life at SUNY Poly benefitting the American Cancer Society, and helps assist local nonprofit organizations, such as the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells new and used items to the public to benefit Oneida County Habitat for Humanity. Through Wildcats Care, members regularly contribute time and energy to assist the Utica Zoo, the Humane Society of Rome, Spring Farm Cares Animal Sanctuary of Oneida County, and the Rescue Mission in Syracuse.


30 Days of Giving 2017:

  1. Day 1: Shopping with a Smile
  2. Day 2: Erie Community College Cook-Off for Kidneys
  3. Day 3: Stony Brook Medicine Helps in Puerto Rico
  4. Day 4: A Day of Service at Onondaga CC
  5. Day 5: New Paltz Students Make a Difference
  6. Day 6: Buffalo State College Dares to Care
  7. Day 7: Niagara County CC Students Lend A Hand for Thanksgiving
  8. Day 8: Old Westbury Helps Haiti
  9. Day 9: A Day of Service at SUNY Potsdam
  10. Day 10: Helping Animals at Hudson Valley Community College
  11. Day 11: FIT Students Help the Homeless
  12. Day 12: Morrisville Athletes Go Local For Service
  13. Day 13: SUNY Poly Gives Back Throughout the Region
  14. Day 14: SUNY Oswego Honors Those Battling Ovarian Cancer
  15. Day 15: Brockport Students Volunteer at Thanksgiving
  16. Day 16: SUNY ESF Sends Acorns to Action
  17. Day 17: Doors Open at the Columbia-Greene Community College Giving Closet
  18. Day 18: Monroe Community College Helps Walk for Water
  19. Day 19: SUNY Cortland Supports Crop Hunger Walk
  20. Day 20: Making Music at Farmingdale State to Help the Hungry
  21. Day 21: Increasing Food Security at Dutchess Community College
  22. Day 22: Addressing Food Insecurity On and Around SUNY Geneseo
  23. Day 23: Westchester Community College Plays the UnHunger Games
  24. Day 24: Binghamton University Builds University Assisted Community Schools
  25. Day 25: Mohawk Valley Community College Gives Back To Their Community
  26. Day 26: SUNY Oneonta Students Help Area Children Learn
  27. Day 27: Rockland Community College Comes Together to Aid Puerto Rico
  28. Day 28: Empire State College Donates to Caribbean Relief
  29. Day 29: Schenectady County Community College Students Provide Support to Foster Families
  30. Day 30: Raising Guiding Eyes at SUNY Delhi
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