New Paltz Community Engagement

SUNY New Paltz Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at SUNY New Paltz

Alternative Spring Break Program

The State University of New York at New Paltz hosted its fourth annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program in 2014. Fourteen students, including one student from ASB 2013 returning as a Peer Mentor, were chosen from a pool of applicants to participate in leadership activities and to volunteer with seven different organizations during their break. In total, the group completed 700 hours of leadership and volunteer activities in the Mid-Hudson Valley community. The students held a donation drive at Stop & Shop in New Paltz to collect donations People’s Place Food Pantry in Kingston, NY and Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption in Accord, NY. In three hours, the students collected 359 items and $318.36. In addition to these collections, the group also volunteered at People’s Place, Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption, The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Scenic Hudson, Habitat for Humanity in Newburgh, and made therapy dolls for the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital.

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Saturdays of Service

The SUNY New Paltz Saturdays of Service program began in Fall 2013 and is modeled after our highly successful Alternative Spring Break Program. Rather than seven consecutive days of service like ASB, students participated in one volunteer activity per month for three months during the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. The fall theme was "Feeding the Hudson Valley: Food Insecurity and Sustainability." Volunteer sites were Queen's Galley, Brook Farm Project, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, along with an on-campus visit and discussion with Creek Iversen, Farmer from Brook Farm. In spring, the theme was "Supporting and Educating Children in the Hudson Valley," with volunteer sites at New Paltz Youth Program, Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, and Occupations, Inc.

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Campus Contact:
Erica Wagner, Service Learning Coordinator

SUNY New Paltz

1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 257-SUNY (7869)