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30 Days Of Giving 2017 – Day 29: Schenectady County CC Students Provide Support to Foster Families

Students at Schenectady County Community College fill backpacks with gifts for children.

The Schenectady County Community College Student Volunteer Organization (SVO) went to work this November putting gift bags together to donate to Fostering Futures NY (FFNY), a non-profit program in the Capital Region that provides support to foster families.

Students in the SVO, with their advisor Professor Renee Adamany, assembled 18 gift bags for local foster parents, filling SEFCU donated back packs with perfume/lotion gift sets, chocolate and water bottles, and jewelry for the women and socks for the men. Each gift bag also includes a cozy scarf knitted by Sheri Bergeron of the College Store. Students raised money through a raffle on campus to purchase the items that will bring holiday cheer to foster parents.

“I think what we are doing for FFNY is very important, because these foster parents are putting in so much love and care for their foster families and they need to know that their good work is much appreciated,” Gishana said. “I feel very rewarded knowing that we will put smiles on their faces and make them feel loved and valued as well.”

“It’s important to let the families know that they’re appreciated,” Allison said. “I couldn’t do what they do, and it brings us joy knowing how much being remembered means to them since people usually focus most, if not all attention, on the kids.”

This is the first year that the SVO has partnered with Fostering Futures NY. FFNY recruits and coordinates teams of volunteers to provide practical help to foster families caring for children placed in their homes. “Fostering Futures NY has been privileged to have an amazing and supportive community partner in SCCC and the SVO,” said Meredith Osta, Program Director. “It has been especially gratifying to see the students take a hands-on approach and get involved in helping support local foster families.”

Professor Adamany discusses the foster care system and the importance of foster parents in her Introduction to Social Work class and through the club. She is on the Advisory Board for FFNY and brought the idea for the project to the club with the students jumping on board to assemble the gift bags as a service learning project. 

“The students have a passion for foster families and really enjoy contributing to improving the lives of these families,” Professor Adamany said. 


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

    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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