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30 Days of Giving 2017 – Day 15: Brockport Students Volunteer At Thanksgiving Dinner

College at Brockport students pose after setting up meal at Community Lutheran Ministry, Inc

Thirteen students and one staff member at The College at Brockport volunteered at the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Community Lutheran Ministry, Inc. in Rochester, NY on November 18th. “This was an eye opening experience for most of these student volunteers” said Coordinator of Service and Community Building, Nikole Van Wie. “This event gave students the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation with community members. These interactions allowed them to gain another perspective and challenge their own assumptions about people that come from different backgrounds and socioeconomic groups.”

This event was an opportunity to bring together neighbors, living in a troubled community, and offer fellowship, good conversation and dinner. Volunteers helped peel potatoes, prepare desserts and salads, set tables, and serve the meals to the guests. The meal was served restaurant style, so they had the opportunity to interact with the guests. The volunteers were able to fill the bellies of 530 people, and even prepare plates for later.

This is not the first time that The College at Brockport has partnered with Community Lutheran Ministry, Inc. During our Fall Welcome Weekend, this organization is one of sixty-five other non-profit organizations/agencies that participate in the annual Saturday of Service program for incoming students. A follow-up engagement is also scheduled in January 2018 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.


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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Written by Sarah Petrak

Sarah Petrak is a student assistant with the Office of Communications and New Media for SUNY System Administration. She is a studying Public Policy at the University at Albany.




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