600 Students Take Part In Annual Service Day
Hundreds of SUNY Oneonta students spruced up Downtown Oneonta and more than 30 other sites on Saturday, May 5, during the “Into the Streets” annual day of service sponsored by the college’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community. More than 600 SUNY Oneonta students teamed up with community volunteers at 40 sites throughout Otsego County.
The student-led day of service kicked off with a breakfast at SUNY Oneonta’s Alumni Field House and a send-off by college President Nancy Kleniewski. Fifty SUNY Oneonta teams traveled to assigned sites in Oneonta, Laurens, Milford, Cooperstown and Edmeston, where they spent up to six hours in volunteer activities such as painting, cleaning and window-washing at nonprofit agencies, schools and churches; clean-up at area parks and trails; and landscaping at a variety of organizations.
Into the Streets was coordinated by SUNY Oneonta students Charlotte Barrett and Leslie Schafer, with support from Center for Social Responsibility and Community student staff members Stephanie Aquino, Lourdes Paulino, Roslyn Guzman and Olivia Hardy.
“This event is a great way to show students the many opportunities for volunteer service in our county,” said Linda Drake, director of SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility, which provides students with a variety of volunteer and service-learning opportunities throughout the year. More than 20 percent of the SUNY Oneonta student body participates in community service activities ranging from annual events — such as Into the Streets and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life — to regular commitments such as working at the Saturday’s Bread community feeding program.
SUNY Oneonta has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006. In 2011, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching award SUNY Oneonta its Community Engagement Classification in recognition of the college’s civic partnerships and successful efforts to integrate service activities into its curriculum.