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SERVICE DAYS

Each month, the Office of Student Life & Community Partnership picks a theme to focus our service and volunteer efforts.  This also allows us to plan educational programming to coincide with these themes to turn it into service learning opportunities.   Below is a list of upcoming theme months and planned service projects for the Fall 2011 Semester.

For more information or to participate in any of these projects, please click here to fill out a quick interest survey.  If you have any questions, e-mail Melissa Wheeler (Melissa.wheeler@purchase.edu).


September
Sustainability Awareness
Service Project: National Public Lands Day –Saturday Sept. 24
www.publiclandsday.org
Purchase College will be sending approximately 10 students to Pequonnock River Conservatory at Beardsley Park in Bridgeport, CT help clean up the riverbank.

October
Youth Leadership Development
October kicks off the Project Focus internship sites which all focus on youth leadership development, mentoring and college readiness.  In addition, to these on-going efforts, we will also be participating in a nationwide program, Lights on After School.  This program brings attention to the need for after school programs that keep kids safe, help working families and improve academic achievement.

Service Project: Lights on After School-Don Bosco Community Center-Thurs. Oct. 20
www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm
Purchase College will be sending volunteers, in addition to the regular Project Focus interns, to Don Bosco to run athletic, academic and arts based programs with the kids at Don Bosco Community Center.

Service Project: Make a Difference Day-Oct. 22.
As part of family weekend and in preparation for Hunger & Homelessness awareness in November, family members will be able to work together to create blankets that will be donated to families in need.  This will be an on-going effort throughout November.


November
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness
We will actually kick-off Hunger & Homelessness awareness starting at the end of October with “Trick-or-Eat” –a partnership program with NYPIRG.  Students will go trick-or-treating for canned goods that will be donated to a local homeless shelter.  In addition to this project, Purchase College students will participate in a Hunger Banquet on Thursday November 10th. 

Service Project: “Trick-or-Eat” –Thursday Oct. 27th

Program: Hunger Banquet-Thursday November 10th-
Few experiences bring to life the inequalities in our world more powerfully than an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet® event. Organizers and participants alike can experience firsthand how our decisions affect others in the world.

December
Toy Drive
Throughout November and December, we will be collecting toys for Open Doors Medical Center in Port Chester.  They provide affordable, quality health care for all, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.  They also believe that all kids should receive a new toy during this holiday season. 
http://www.opendoormedical.org/

To donate, please bring a new and unwrapped toy (ages infant-14yrs) to the 2nd Floor of Campus Center North.