Stony Brook University Community Engagement

Stony Brook University Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at Stony Brook University

Long Island Clean Up

Having pride in their surroundings is very important to Stony Brook students. Each semester, SBU students volunteer their time to join the Greening of 25A Committee and Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn for sprucing up the area near the Long Island Rail Road station at Stony Brook. The students rake leaves, clean debris and install new plants as part of a service project through the Commuter Student Services office. The Clean-Up days take place each semester.

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Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Stony Brook University hosted volunteers who came together to assemble emergency preparedness kits. More than 200 students, alumni, friends and families from throughout Long Island joined the effort. The kits were packed under the direction of the Long Island Volunteer Center, and aided by dozens of Stony Brook AmeriCorps volunteers. The kit contained many emergency essentials, including a water bottle, flashlight, whistle and a first aid kit. The group assembled 250 kits that will be distributed through the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch and the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc.

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2013 Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service in Higher Education

Stony Brook University Admitted to Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

The President’s Community Service Higher Education Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities that provide opportunities for individuals to be involved with sustained, lifelong civic engagement. Stony Brook University (SBU), one of 13 SUNY institutions recognized, was highlighted for campus-wide community outreach initiatives, including Project T.O.Y. with Family Service League, the student-run Alternative Spring Break Outreach (ASBO) initiative, and the United University Professions (UUP) Food Drive with Long Island Cares. The Honor Roll recognizes institutions for not only creating and leading service initiatives, but for the impact those initiatives have on the surrounding community. Stony Brook University’s participation in Project T.O.Y., for example, resulted in 4,700 children and families receiving gift donations for the holiday season. As part of ASBO, 80 students volunteered at two disaster areas in Joplin, MO and Birmingham, AL, resulting in over 4,000 hours of service. The UUP Food Drive generated 2,452 lbs. of food donations, engaging 450 students, faculty, and staff. All donations went to the Long Island Cares–Harry Chapin Food Bank, which supports 540 community-based agencies. SBU’s application highlighted 9,023 students engaging in over 82,000 hours of community service over the past year.

Freedom School

This national program, established by the Children’s Defense Fund, taught 50 mostly low-income third-graders from Long Island about topics such as healthier eating, and the importance of education.  Participants were encouraged to take home a book a week to share with their families.

Campus contact:
Dr. Charles Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Colleges at Stony Brook

AmeriCorps Volunteers for Community Service

Participating students address community needs in health, homelessness, hunger and poverty, performing tasks such as leading community health campaigns, conducting food collections and responding to natural disasters by providing relief for victims. Currently there are 70 Stony Brook AmeriCorps members who will perform 300 hours of service per year and receive a scholarship of $1,175 each year. The SBU AmeriCorps program impacts communities from Long Island and New York City. Some of the organizations where Stony Brook AmeriCorps students have served include Response of Suffolk County, Oxfam America, Hope House Ministries and Brooklyn Community Housing and Services.

Stony Brook University Basketball Team Spreads Holiday Cheer in Pediatric Unit

This past December, Coach Steve Pikiell and the Men’s Basketball Team the team took a break from practice to bring cheer to the youngest Seawolves fans in the pediatric emergency department and pediatric acute care unit of Stony Brook Hospital. They brought presents, played with basketballs with the patients and posed for pictures. The children were very excited, and all were smiles and filled with holiday joy. Coach Pikiell presented L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital with four tickets to each SBU Men’s Basketball home game to share with kids and their families who are currently admitted or who have been discharged from the Children’s Hospital.

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Stony Brook University

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Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 632-6000