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
Fall Preview: Welcome, everyone. Hope you had a great summer. The fall semester is sure to be an exciting time with lots of fun and rewarding service opportunities: Animal Shelter Outings, Special Olympics, Color Me Rad 5K, and Green Team Outings to name but a few. 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 Engagement Day: Over 65 students, faculty and staff turned out on Sunday, August 25th for this annual event. Teams were dispersed around town to assist dedicated community partners with ten projects including a new roof for the community garden shed, help at the animal shelter, several light landscaping and painting projects, and a car wash fundraiser for the Village Rec Commission. Truly a win/win event for the college, the community and our student volunteers! Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.
Community Engagement Fair: Our first community engagement fair was a homerun! Over 800 signatures were obtained from students interested in volunteering for one or more of the twenty-five service opportunities that were featured. The Center for Community Engagement would like to thank the students, faculty, staff and community partners who stepped up to make it happen. What a great way to kick off the start of the semester.
Res Life Supports Food Bank: Hats off to the folks from Residential Life and their amazing staff of RA's for their support of the North East Regional Food Bank. On Tuesday, August 13th two teams of 45 students, supported by professional staff and the Center for Community Engagement, spent three hours on-site sorting and repackaging food. A good time was had by all and several students expressed an interest in returning with teams of their own. Way to go Res Life! You really made SUNY Cobleskill shine.
EOP Steps Up with Flood Relief: You just got to hand it to the folks from EOP. Under the direction of Derwin Bennett and the leadership of Jennifer Walwrath, 56 incoming EOP students and 6 upperclassman, supported by 3 staff members, spent 2.5 hours in Ft. Plain cleaning and mucking out houses after the recent flooding. These are the types of projects that change the lives of those who give as well as those who receive. Great job, EOP! Keep up the good work!
SUNY Supports Community Garden Project: SUNY Cobleskill, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cornell Cooperative Extension, DOH Creating Healthy Places Grant, and local business all teamed up to plant a community garden in May, the proceeds of which will be donated to area food pantries. SUNY put up the land, the Boy Scouts helped prep the garden, DOH sourced supplies, the Extension and local businesses donated plants, and the Girl Scouts did the planting. Now that's Teamwork!
Community Service Club Supports Ugandan Orphanage: Before leaving for the summer break, the Community Service Club launched one last fund drive which generated enough money to sponsor two students at the Victory Day & Boarding School in Uganda. The school, was founded by SUNY alumnus, David Waako in 2004 and opened with a class of 32. The school now serves over 300 students and plans are to start a technical career high school.
SUNY Cobleskill's "Feed the Need Campaign" Exceeds its Goal! SUNY Cobleskill's campus wide food drive generated over 3,400 lbs of food for area food pantries, exceeding the goal of 2,000 lbs. Participation was widespread with contributions from students, faculty, staff and CAS. Donations were distributed to area food banks at the end of each semester which helped re-stock depleted supplies. Thanks, everyone. You really helped SUNY shine!
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.