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30 Days of Giving 2017 – In Review

SUNY Geneseo students stand outside with boxes of food items.

The impact SUNY has on its communities stretches well beyond a local connection. It’s why we take the time at the end of each year to showcase these efforts to you through our 30 Days of Giving campaign, so we can see the impacts on communities taking place across New York and the globe.

In rolling out this year’s campaign, new Chancellor Kristina Johnson quickly noticed the size and scale of the SUNY system, and what it could do for New York and our entire region. Indeed, 2017 was a big year in volunteerism and community service across the country. Our students, faculty, and staff made themselves a part of the national effort first hand.

We saw a noticeable effort in fighting the ravages of hunger and food insecurity at many campuses. Food banks were opened, donation drives were held, and awareness was raised with a variety of efforts and events. In addition to battling hunger for those in need, many campuses made an effort to help those in need in Hurricane ravaged parts of the south and Caribbean. Along with the #SUNYStrong campaign for hurricane relief, schools put their own efforts in to donate much needed supplies to areas working to rebuild.

Westchester Community College staff pack bags full of nutritional food.Even with the 30 stories we shared, there’s some stories we weren’t able to share with you during the campaign that further showcase the efforts being made throughout SUNY.

  • About 40 members of Westchester Community College President Belinda Miles’s Senior Administrative Leadership Team spent the morning of December 15 at the Food Bank for Westchester packaging more than 800 children’s backpacks with nutritional food items. In Westchester County, one in five people face food insecurity, and the stats are much higher for community college students.
  • A display of enormous accumulation of non-perishable food items took place by the Accounting and Business Department at Nassau Community College, on behalf of the Student Veterans. This event was set up to complement the Accounting and Business Department students and faculty members’ dedication and support through “Toys for Tots” in December.
  • Nassau Community College was also the drop off of over 5,000 pounds of sweet treats for soldiers this fall. These donations were included in care packages through Operation Gratitude, a program that aims to serve the U.S. Military and First Responder communities.
  • At System Administration, the staff collected food donations to support the South End Children’s Café which serves the families of Albany’s South End neighborhood. Food donations were used by the café staff to create baskets full of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients that were distributed to the families of children enrolled in the café.

All in all, 2017 was another big year in volunteerism and community service throughout SUNY. The efforts put forth by our students, faculty, and staff show us that a college community isn’t just on the campus grounds. The impact a SUNY school has is felt further out into the regional communities and all of New York State.


Take a look back at the entire 30 Days of Giving 2017. Happy Holidays to all.

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
Taras Kufel

Written by Taras Kufel

Taras Kufel is the Manager of Digital Engagement at the State University of New York.




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