Browsing: Volunteerism

What did you do on your Spring Break? Visit family and friends, catch up on homework, or simply unwind and clear out your DVR? Alternative Spring Break Outreach (ASBO) used their week off to altruistically aid those displaced or in need. ASBO is a student-developed, student-run community service organization whose mission is to promote critical thinking, social action and civic engagement for a lifetime by combining education, reflection and direct service on the local, regional, and national levels. ASBO trains and immerses students in a purposeful service experience designed to connect students and community members while enhancing growth, mutual awareness,…

Ten students from the Catholic Campus Ministry Center at Stony Brook University travelled to Wyoming County in West Virginia for a Spring Break Mission Trip March 10-17. A part of the Appalachia region, Wyoming County is a rural area of more than 500 square miles. Over 30% of households in the County have an annual income of less than $20,000 and less than 9% of residents have a college degree. Joanne Buonocore, the Center’s Minister, led the students to the location and managed a partnership with Appalachia Service Project, whose goal is to repair and rebuild substandard housing in Central…

Twenty-seven brothers and sisters from Pi Lambda Phi and Theta Phi Alpha came together March 2 to be trained in Question, Persuade, and Refer Gatekeeper Training (QPR), a program designed to give people the skills to recognize and respond to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts. The fraternity and sorority were recruited for the training by Kathleen Valerio, Health Educator and Program Coordinator. QPR is supported by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Student Health Services (SHS) Health Education Office from the Division of Student Affairs. “We’re trying to get people aware of how to help others struggling with their…

An estimated 225 members of the Stony Brook University community marched outside of the Student Activities Center on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in support of the national #MeToo movement and raised their voices in solidarity with the cause of ending sexual harassment. The campus gathering, organized by the local Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), was designed as an opportunity for the community to show it stands strong on the issue of gender-based violence. The University showed support, with several administrators walking joining the marchers as they made their way around campus, shouting from bullhorns and holding placards. “It’s 2018, it’s time…

With food pantries now proposed as a requirement on all state- and city-run campuses, Stony Brook University’s food pantry heads proudly into its fifth year of feeding students struggling to balance the cost of an education and the need to eat. And it’s students and the community at Stony Brook who make it all happen. “Our pantry is entirely student-run. Our full community comes together to support it,” said Richard Sigal, co-director of the Stony Brook food pantry. “We really strive to build a relationship with those who visit so that they feel welcome.” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office said…

Each year, Stony Brook University students, faculty, staff and alumni share their time and talent through thousands of community service hours, and each year that effort is celebrated with ’31 Days of Giving Back.’ The blog, published by the Office of Community Relations, showcases the many ways Stony Brook University is making a difference in the community by highlighting an event or initiative from the past 12 months every day throughout the month of December. From organizing clothing drives to blood donations to bringing a smile to a veteran’s face, Stony Brook University is committed to sustained, lifelong community engagement,…

Bringing bold new ideas and undergraduate enthusiasm to the world, the Global Innovation Study Abroad program kicked off with a Summer 2017 mission to Kenya.  Created by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) and hosted by the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI), the program aims to apply concepts from STEM field classrooms to help solve some of the everyday challenges facing in the developing world. Julian Kingston ’17, who attended the 2017 Global Engineering Field School as a teaching assistant, shares his account below. My name is Julian Kingston, a proud graduate of Stony Brook University, Class of 2017. This…

There were hugs and happy tears all around, when 23 Stony Brook Medicine staff members returned home on November 8 after more than two weeks of treating patients in Puerto Rico. Family and friends were waiting in the hospital lobby as the group bounded off the bus from Newark Airport. Holding up handmade “Welcome Home” signs, loved ones let loose with applause and cries of “I missed you!” and the more generic but equally heartfelt “Woo-hoo!” Puerto Rico has been crippled since Hurricane Maria slammed into the island. Some people were left homeless by the storm. Others searched in vain…

As the sun was rising over Long Island, a Stony Brook Medicine task force left for Puerto Rico on October 24 to help people still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Twenty-three Stony Brook staff members reported to Stony Brook University Hospital before boarding a bus that took them to JFK Airport and their flight to the devastated island. The Stony Brook contingent is part of a 78-member relief team of personnel from hospitals around the region. The Stony Brook team includes doctors, nurses, a pharmacist, paramedics, nurse-practitioners and nursing assistants. Richard Scriven, MD, Pediatric Trauma Surgeon, Associate Professor of…

“In theory I would be on a plane heading for Puerto Rico, but I am a graduate student without much money — so I am glad to be helping the Red Cross with their relief efforts any way I can,” said Ian Bonnell ’16. Bonnell, who is enrolled in the five-year Master’s program in mechanical engineering at Stony Brook, spoke as he documented the locations of storm-ravaged buildings in the hurricane-stricken U.S. territory. He was one of nearly 80 Stony Brook students, faculty and staff participating in an innovative initiative called “Disaster Relief Map-A-Thon: Puerto Rico.” “It’s great that we…

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