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30 Days Of Giving 2017 – Day 28: Empire State College Donates to Caribbean Relief

Brandon Aldous, SUNY Empire State College’s coordinator for student wellness initiative, checks the college’s donations at a loading dock at Empire State Plaza, Albany, prior to shipment to the Caribbean.

In conjunction with efforts put forth by The Governor’s Office and SUNY, Empire State College rallied together with all of our locations to make donations to hurricane victims in the Caribbean. Collection boxes were placed in all 34 of SUNY Empire’s statewide locations. From just the Capital Region alone, an entire truckload of items was able to be donated. All of the items were delivered directly to Empire Plaza, for delivery and distribution straight to the Caribbean.

At the Cheektowaga location, the collection went even further with collection of food and other critical items collected by faculty member Rhianna Rogers, who mailed them to Puerto Rico, covering the cost herself.

The Hauppauge location, in the same building as a state collection sight, inspired more giving. Lauren Webb, the Regional Operations Coordinator for Long Island, stated, “When our staff and students found out that Hauppauge was originally a state-designated drop-off point, they immediately wanted a donation bin set up in our Old Westbury location as well. A bin was made and folks immediately started donating. Staff members volunteered to transport the donations from Old Westbury to Hauppauge for drop-off. This initiative was a tremendous display of our staff and student’s generosity and caring for those in need, and we were able to donate even more.”

This initiative came about at a time when SUNY Empire was already especially focused on the Caribbean. In late 2016, President of the college, Dr. Merodie Hancock, announced that 2016-2017 would be “The Year of the Caribbean.” All year SUNY Empire focused programs, discussion forums, and events around the Caribbean, specifically highlighting art, literature, language and cultures of the Caribbean. This came in partnership with SUNY Empire’s new relationship with The University of the West Indies.

This effort by faculty, staff, students and communities helped to raise awareness and donations across New York State for this very important cause.


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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