Serving the Community

Members of the OCC community who participated in the Day of Service.

OCC students and employees spent a day giving back to the community as part of the annual Onondaga Day of Service. More than 70 students chose to volunteer off campus by assisting at Salvation Army, Rescue Mission, Samaritan Center, Van Duyn Center and Jubilee Homes Southwest Community Learning Farm. There was also an opportunity for students to volunteer time on campus by making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Samaritan Center, Thanksgiving Cards for Meals on Wheels recipients, Thank You cards for Veterans and by making dog toys. Onondaga’s 2017 Day of Service enjoyed record participation. A total of 178 students, faculty and staff volunteers chose to donate their time to the community. While much of their work off campus couldn’t be quantified, on campus outputs included:

  • 184 Thank You cards for veterans
  • 283 Thanksgiving cards for Meals on Wheels recipients
  • 60 dog toys for Helping Hounds dog rescue
  • 160 PB&J sandwiches to be distributed by the Samaritan Center.

A committee of College employees organized the event including Meghan Peryea, La’Kesa Allen, Mike Borsz, Liz Goldschein and Maria Malagisi, Assistant Director of Service-Learning. “We are so proud of everyone who was willing to come together and make a difference as a collective unit,” said Malagisi. “The word ‘community’ is our middle name. We are always willing to do what we can for our neighbors.”

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Day of Service

Students turn paper shopping bags donated by Tops into "holiday bags" for Food Bank of Central New York clients.
Students turn paper shopping bags donated by Tops into “holiday bags” for Food Bank of Central New York clients.

OCC students spent part of a beautiful fall day working to make the community a better place. They took part in the Onondaga Day of Service Friday, October 23. The event was held in the Allyn Hall Gym. Students teamed up to make items for people including:

  • Holiday bags for the Food Bank of Central New York.
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Samaritan Center.
  • Thanksgiving cards for recipients of Meals on Wheels of Syracuse.
  • Welcome baskets for the Chadwick Residence.
  • Birthday cards for residents of the Van Duyn Center.

Mike Phelps, a freshman from Corcoran High School, participated in community service activities in the gym before heading outside and helping clean up litter. “Campus life is key,” Phelps said. “We’re up here all the time. Why shouldn’t we give back to what we enjoy every day?”

The Day of Service also included a coat and professional dress clothing drive, along with a collection of canned food for OCC’s Food Pantry.

OCC’s Day of Service was a team effort. It included 102 student volunteers and 18 College employees.

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