The Center for Community Engagement
The Center for Community Engagement at SUNY Cobleskill is responsible for developing partnerships that integrate campus and regional resources in a collaborative effort to meet the needs of the community. The emphasis is on creating opportunities to engage our students, faculty, staff and community partners in service projects and educational initiatives that provide meaningful learning outcomes for our students and tangible benefits for our partners. In delivering on this mission, The Center for Community Engagement serves as a focal point that sources projects, allocates resources, compiles assessment data, and promotes the value of community engagement.
News & Announcements
Spring Preview: Welcome back everyone! Hope you had a great break. The spring semester is sure to be an exciting time with lots of fun and rewarding service opportunities. Kicking things off will be a Martin Luther King Day tribute with Six Days of Service. Followed by a myriad of service opportunities. There will be trips in support of area soup kitchens, Special Olympics, the ARC and animal shelters. There will be charity laser tag and bad mitten tournaments, Green Team outings and blood drives to name but a few. Plus, there is always room for new ideas. Check out the calendar for details, sign up on line, or just stop by the Center for Community Engagement in Bouck Hall. Sign up / Check the calendar.
Community Service Club Plans Fundraiser for Homeless: The CSC is planning to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless with an upcoming fundraiser this April. The event, known as "Boxville" will feature a box decorating contest. Documentaries will add an educational component and a warming station with food and games will be available. Students will then be challenged to spend the night outside in their boxes to experince homelessness first hand.
Alternative Spring Break Planned: SUNY Cobleskill will be sending a team of eight students and their advisor to Newark, NJ over spring break to support the local Boys & Girls Club. This event, sponsored by United Way, involves similar projects in four different cities in the northeast. Our students will join over 1,000 of their peers to provide youth development programming and the Club and area day care centers. Stay tuned for details following the event.
SUNY Cobleskill Supports Special Olympics: Hats off to the nine student volunteers who supported the Special Olympic Winter Games in Syracuse on Saturday, February 22nd. The team pitched in wherever they were needed. From helping with registration, to cheering on the athletes , to tearing down the hockey rinks at the end of the day, our volunteers showed the kind of enthusiasm, flexibility, and dedication that really makes SUNY Cobleskill Shine!
Martin Luther King Six Days of Service: Honor the Man, Honor the Message: SUNY Cobleskill’s MLK 6 Days of Service initiative wrapped up on Friday, January 31st and the results were impressive indeed. Over160 faculty, staff and student voluteers paricipated. Projects included serving meals in the dining halls and making Boo Boo Bunnies for sick children. In addition, 132 pints of blood were donated to the Red Cross, 350 individual lasagna dinners were delivered to the Albany Homeless Shelter, and 150 boxes of food were sorted and packaged at the North East Regional Food Bank. EOP and the Center for Community Engagement would like to thank all the volunteers who made this year’s MLK Day projects such a huge success.
New Rotaract Club Forming: Plans are underway to partner with the Cobleskill Rotary to form a new Rotaract Club. SUNY Cobleskill will join hundreds of other colleges and universities around the globe that participate in service through Rotary. Expectations are that this will open up new and rewarding service opportunities locally, regionally, and internationally. Stay tuned for more details.
Feed the Need: Our annual food drive is poised to set a new record! Thanks to a collective effort on the part of Dinning Services, Res Life, student volunteers, and area businesses, the fall Feed the Need campaign collected over 3,246 lbs of food for area food pantries compared with last year's annual total of 3,400 lbs. Our goal this year is 4,000 lbs. Help close the gap. Check the calendar for additional food drive opportunities..
SUNY's Holiday Spirit Warms the Heart: Students, faculty and staff stepped up big time to support those in need during the holidays. Sixteen families were supplied with holiday gifts in partnership with Head Start's "Adopt a Family" program. Thanks to all for your help in making the holidays shine a little brighter.
Empty Bowls are Overflowing: Hats off to the Student Government Association for their leadership and all the campus volunteers who helped make this year’s Empty Bowls event a huge success! This broad based partnership to combat hunger speaks to the heart of community engagement and exemplifies the enormous power of leveraging campus resources with those of the community. Over 700 bowls were fabricated and $4,100 was raised to support local food pantries.
SUNY Student Wins Essay Contest: The Center for Community Engagement would like to recognize Meghan Trigg for submitting the winning essay in a three way competition with SUNY Delhi and SUNY Oneonta. Meghan's work on the theme, "How Helping Others Helps Me" took the first place prize of a new Kindle Fire. Way to go Meghan!
The Center for Community Engagement is administered by Director Brian Kaiser, who is supported by student assistants and an advisory board consisting of faculty, staff, and community representatives.
Contact the Center for Community Engagement at 518-255-5303.