HVCC Community Engagement

HVCC Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at Hudson Valley Community College

Animal Outreach Club

This club promotes and fosters animal advocacy locally and globally. The club’s initiatives include humane education and fundraising projects such as "Empties for Animals," an ongoing collection of returnable bottles and cans with proceeds donated to animal rescue organizations. Club members also build shelters for feral cat colonies, volunteer at pet adoption clinics in the community, take field trips, attend workshops and bring speakers to campus.

Campus contact:
Val Waldin

Alice Malavasic

Building Civic Capacity for a Stronger Troy

This new initiative is designed to engage citizens in public forums about the future of their city.

Faculty and student volunteers work to create opportunities for Troy residents to be engaged in discussions leading to a clear, non-partisan direction for the city, allowing individuals and organizations of Troy to work together to create a better and more vibrant future. The results of preliminary discussions held throughout the city were used to facilitate city-wide forums during the winter of 2013/2014. In addition to Hudson Valley Community College, Russell Sage College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Emma Willard School are participating in the program, which recently received a Louis and Hortense Rubins Community Fellows Program Grant.

Campus contact:
Peter Sawyer

Habitat for Humanity Club

Construction Technology students help with construction of Habitat for Humanity homes throughout the Capital Region of New York State. Some of the work is done on site and some is done in the construction laboratory on campus and later transported to the home site.

Campus Contact:
Susan Kilgallon

Interfaith and Community Service Group

Students work together to help the less fortunate and to assist with crisis relief efforts. To date, students have traveled to Schoharie County and Staten Island, respectively, to assist with relief efforts following Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, helped with the annual Equinox Thanksgiving dinner that serves more than 10,000 homeless, shut-in and poor individuals in the Capital Region, spearheaded a collection of personal care items for clients of Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, and organized an interfaith speakers panel to promote campus and community-wide understanding of Muslim beliefs, practices and culture. These ongoing volunteer efforts are in answer to President Barack Obama’s call for college students to come together and participate in meaningful service to their communities.

Campus contact:
Cylon George, Campus Minister

Hudson Valley Community College

80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 629-4822