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
Events: This year sure has been an exciting time with lots of great opportunity to volunteer. Here's a recap of some of what our students have been up to. There's still time to squeeze in a few more outings before the semester ends. Be sure to 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.
SUNY Cobleskill Wins National Service Award: SUNY Cobleskill was the proud recipient of the 2014 Service Engagment Award from APCA, a 400 member, national institution for the promotion of campus activities. This much coveted award honors the school that best demonstrates a commitment to innovative and sustained community service. Many thanks to the all of the dedicated students, faculty and staff who made reaching this milestone possible. You really make SUNY Cobleskill shine.
Community Service Club Raises Funds & Supplies for the Homeless: April 12 saw 35 students come together for " Boxville ", an overnight event in support of the homeless. The evening included a documentary on the homeless, card making for homeless children, creation of personal care/hygiene kits, and a box decorating contest. Ten hearty souls spent the night sleeping in boxes to gain an appreciation for people living on the street. Over $200 was raised for the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless. Leading up to the event, a PB&J food drive netted enough supplies to make 200 sandwiches for the Schenectady City Mission. Many thanks to the student organizers who worked so hard to make this such an informative and productive event.
Alternative Spring Break: SUNY Cobleskill 's first ever ASB saw a team of six students and their advisor spend a week in Newark, NJ in support of United Way sponsored youth programing at the Boys & Girls Club. This transformative event changed the lives of those who participated, giving them a firsthand look at the enormous challenges facing today's inner city kids and an appreciation for the dedication of those working to make a difference on a day to day basis.
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 volunteers participated. 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.
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.