Stony Brook University Students Prepare 4,000 lbs. of Food Donations
Featured in New York Cares Documentary
On March 22, 2013, members of Stony Brook University’s AmeriCorps Program and Community Service Club (CSC) volunteered for a day in the Bronx with New York Cares, a nonprofit agency that aims to alleviate hunger in New York City. Along with volunteers from New York University and an Alternative Spring Break Outreach program from Maryland, 40 volunteers worked at the New York Cares Distribution Center to put together bundles of much-needed items for community members. Volunteers prepared over 4,000 lbs. of donations for families and children, providing baby items, diapers, food, juices, and other items.
While at the Center, Stony Brook student volunteers met Nigel Barker, celebrated television personality from America's Next Top Model. Barker was filming a documentary about New York Cares, and asked the students to participate. They met the President of New York Cares’ Board of Directors, Gail Harris, and were interviewed about their service experiences. They also helped Barker shoot a promotional clip for the documentary.
The Community Service Club is currently applying for a US President's Volunteer Service Award, in
which groups that volunteer in the community receive national recognition from President Barack
Obama. Members of CSC have served over 3,000 hours in the community this academic year alone,
with additional projects on Long Island with agencies like Pax Christi Hospitality Center, Island Harvest,
Lighthouse Mission, and Long Island Cares.
National Residence Hall Honorary Wins Regional Chapter of the Year Award
Moves on to Finals
In March 2013, Stony Brook University's Gina M. Vanacore chapter of National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) was given the Outstanding Chapter of the Year award for the region. To be considered for the award, NRHH created a 40-page proposal and submitted a 10-minute video with clips from Stony Brook staff supporting their nomination. This year, NRHH has been involved in over 1,100 hours of volunteering, ranging from trips to Hobbs Community Farm and Sweetbriar Nature Center to the Bone Marrow Registry Drive. Stony Brook’s NRHH chapter is also now being considered for Chapter of the Year, with the winning chapter to be announced in June. Congratulations to NRHH!
Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps Receives Prestigious National Award
The Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SBVAC) was recently recognized in late February 2013 as the National Collegiate EMS Foundation’s Organization of the Year! SBVAC was among over 100 EMS organizations being considered for the award. In addition to the national award, SBVAC ‘s former chief, Dr. Josh Moscovitz, was awarded the George J. Koening Jr. DO NCEMSF Service Award. According to Leo DeBobes, Faculty Advisor and Honorary Chief of SBVAC, members regularly provide emergency response services to over 30,000 individuals, including 8,000 on-campus residents and the Long Island State Veterans Home. Congratulations to SBVAC on this prestigious accomplishment!
2013 Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service in Higher Education
SBU Admitted to Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction
The President’s Community Service Higher Education Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities that provide opportunities for individuals to be involved with sustained, lifelong civic engagement. Honor Roll applicants provide measurable outcomes with respect to impact of service activities, the number of people involved in director service, and descriptions of the community problem and proposed interventions.
Stony Brook University (SBU), one of 13 SUNY institutions recognized, was highlighted for campus wide community outreach initiatives, including Project T.O.Y. with Family Service League, the student-run Alternative Spring Break Outreach (ASBO) initiative, and the United University Professions (UUP) Food Drive with Long Island Cares. The Honor Roll aims to recognize institutions for not only creating and leading service initiatives, but for the impact those initiatives have on the surrounding community. Stony Brook University’s participation in Project T.O.Y., for example, resulted in 4,700 children and families receiving gift donations for the holiday season.
As part of ASBO, 80 students volunteered at two disaster areas in Joplin, MO and Birmingham, AL, resulting in over 4,000 hours of service. The UUP Food Drive generated 2,452 lbs. of food donations, engaging 450 students, faculty, and staff. All donations went to the Long Island Cares–Harry Chapin Food Bank, which supports 540 community-based agencies.
SBU’s application highlighted 9,023 students engaging in over 82,000 hours of community service over the past year. In total, this year’s Honor Roll recipients engaged 3.1 million students in community service, documented 118 million student service hours, and estimated the monetary value of student services delivered at $2.5 billion.
Questions? To contact the Committee for Community Service & Service-Learning, please email Urszula.Zalewski@stonybrook.edu.