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