In November of 2019, the Stony Brook University community came together to participate in the first Seawolves for Service.
Supported by the Center for Civic Justice, Student Engagement and Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and student organizations Alternative Spring Break Outreach (ASBO) and Circle K International, Seawolves for Service brought to life three dimensions of service (philanthropy, community service, and service learning) through educational presentations and hands-on learning.
Representatives from each campus department and student organization shared about their work, the impact of their work on people and communities, and ways in which students can get involved in meaningful service.
After sharing out, each campus department and student organization hosted a hands-on service learning activity. The activities included creating hygiene kits, snack packs, dog blankets, hats, and scarves. Students also learned about why they are participating in these activities and who will be directly impacted by their service throughout the night.
The items made at Seawolves for Service will be distributed on campus and in surrounding communities to support meeting the basic needs of hundreds of people.
While participating in the hands-on service learning activities, students also interacted with over 10 other philanthropy, community service, and service learning focused student organizations on campus. Students were able to make connections, participate in other activities, and explore more ways in which to get engaged in their communities.
Over 200 students came to the first Seawolves for Service, and those same students left with a greater sense of commitment to service and community.
Across SUNY, students, faculty and administration alike are coming together to in the spirit of charity and togetherness. 30 Days of Giving is our annual tradition, which starts on Thanksgiving every year, where we reflect on efforts of the past year and highlight some of the selfless acts of that members of the SUNY community are leading. Stay tuned for more.
Taryn Rackmyer is a recent graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College, now attending the University at Albany for Public Policy. Taryn is a student assistant for SUNY's Government Relations & Marketing Department.