STONY BROOK, N.Y., August 25, 2008 — Stony Brook University students have gone above and beyond in their efforts to give back to their communities and campus life, giving over 40,000 hours of their time this year to organizations, events, causes and fundraisers.
Athletic programs students ran "Seawolves4Souls Shoe Drive." The drive generated 400 pairs of shoes used for disaster relief.
Stony Brook’s Volunteers for Community Service (VCS) program enables students to donate their time to organizations in need of large numbers of volunteers, such as the New York Psychiatric Institute, the Stony Brook University Hospital, the St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center and Little Flower Children and Family Services. Over 400 students donated approximately 24,240 hours of service on average, with 125 agencies actively recruiting and training Stony Brook volunteers. Students were hired for both long and short term volunteering positions, with additional opportunities for employment and/or greater responsibilities at the agency.
Students and volunteers help build affordable home.
While Stony Brook students have maintained a presence throughout many local and long distance nonprofit agencies, they have also been impacting the national nonprofit sectors of Human Services, Health Care and Education through the AmeriCorps program. With 50 students recruited and placed at 28 sites during the 2007-2008 academic year, a substantial effort has been made to enhance emergency assistance, mentoring services, volunteer recruitment procedures and heighten awareness. For four consecutive years, 100 percent of participants have completed their term of service. Currently, Stony Brook University has AmeriCorps volunteers in every level of study, including freshmen and graduate students; this year alone, they have completed 16,450 hours of service.
Stony Brook University also hosts the AmeriCorps VISTA program, which specializes in meeting the specific needs of the surrounding community by bringing in an individual who works on capacity building, awareness and recruitment. To date, 100 students have participated in programs organized by the VISTA member, while devoting 350 service hours to the Stony Brook community. In conjunction with the Stony Brook University Career Center, the VISTA actively investigates new and creative ways to heighten awareness related to service-learning, including faculty outreach, partnerships with local organizations and events specifically related to raising interest in local issues.
“Our students at Stony Brook have helped redefine the perceptions of who serves the community and why,” said Stony Brook University President, Shirley Strum Kenny. “Taking on innovative roles in nationally renowned programs like AmeriCorps, our students have demonstrated their unrelenting dedication to their communities, and their awareness of societal issues and we are very proud of them.”
In the 2008-2009 academic year, Stony Brook University plans to expand the variety of volunteer opportunities available to students, as well as continue to recognize the achievements of volunteers with our annual Community Service Award Ceremony. This past year, six students, faculty and staff were honored with Excellence in Community Service Awards, and four projects were recognized with Outstanding Community Service Project awards.
For additional information contact Urszula Zalewski at 631-632-6814.