Ready To Help Others

Business Administration major Wendy Emborski is pictured outside Whitney Commons, the eye-catching business classroom on the second floor of the Whitney Applied Technology Center.

Wendy Emborski is a big believer in helping others, whether she’s giving blood regularly at the Red Cross or preparing people’s taxes for free. “People need help. Somebody’s got to do it. You see something and you do something. I can’t do everything about everything, but I can do some things.”

Emborski is a 44-year-old Business Administration who will earn her degree in December. She’s taking three credits a semester at night while working full-time during the day making signs at KinaneCo in Syracuse. Many years ago, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. Today her goal is to become an accountant or an actuary. “When I was in high school, I was afraid of math. Since coming here I’ve had different teachers and they’ve made it not as frightening. Now it’s more interesting and it’s almost fun.”

Every three weeks Emborski can be found at the Red Cross donating blood through a lengthy process called apheresis. The blood is taken from one arm and run through a special machine to separate it so that only certain parts are collected. This allows more of a single component, such as red blood cells or platelets, to be collected in one sitting. The remainder of the blood is returned to the donor’s circulation through the opposite arm. “It’s such an easy way to help someone. For a few hours of your time you can help save someone’s life, and then you can make more!”

Emborski’s desire to help others was recognized recently by Ralph Lyke, a 2013 OCC alumnus who oversees Peace Incorporated’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program which operates each year in Shoppingtown Mall. Each Sunday during tax season, Emborski showed up at Lyke’s office and voluntarily processed taxes for people who had come in during the week. “She’s a profile in social capital through her volunteerism,” said Lyke. “She reminds me of a quote from Audrey Hepburn. ‘As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.’ Wendy stands out in our society. She’s not just looking out for ‘number one.’ She’s willing to lend a helping hand to our low-income tax payers.”