Stony Brook University will host its second annual Community Service Day on Saturday, August 20, as part of Welcoming New Students Week.
Coordinated by the Center for Service Learning and Community Service (CSLCS), Community Service Day is a new campus tradition that allows freshmen and new transfer students the opportunity to get involved in a series of activities and service projects dedicated to the betterment of the community of Stony Brook and surrounding communities.
The initiative also includes community partners such as Mitch Cohen and Seth Goldstein, local owners of Jersey Mike’s, who will again provide sandwiches to all volunteers participating in Community Service Day.
“We anticipate over 300 students will participate in Community Service Day,” Tara said. Bolettieri, Deputy Director of the Center for Service Learning and Community Service. “This is a great kick off for these new Seawolves’ journey to Stony Brook. They will be able to show off their Seawolf pride and become more integrated into the fabric of our campus community.
The CSLCS is a newly created center dedicated to providing Seawolves with the opportunity to give back to the community, no matter how much time they can spare. Some projects will only require a few hours while others will require ongoing commitment with a set timeline.
Freshmen and new transfer students will enroll in the Community Service Day until SB engaged participating in a variety of activities, such as helping collect and pack food donations for the Stony Brook University and Long Island Cares food pantry, gardening at Stony’s rooftop micro-farm Brook Heights, honoring veterans by decorating the Long Island State Veterans’ Home, helping peers through the college application process by serving as a mentor for high school students, as well as the campus beautification of West Campus and Stony Brook Southampton.
Additionally, the SBU community will have the opportunity to donate strands of hair for a “Cut-A-Thon” through the Wigs for Kids organization. To make a donation or to register as a volunteer for the Wigs for Kids event, visit the CSLSC website.
The campus community can also participate in the Community Service Day by donating food items for the food drive, with proceeds going to the Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank and the Stony Brook Pantry. Read this story for more information.
Student volunteers are actively accepted for service projects and organizations like the LI Coalition for the Homeless, Island Harvest, and Options for Community Living. Monetary and food donations are accepted year-round at Stony Brook Pantryallowing them to serve members of the Stony Brook community who are at risk of food insecurity.
To participate in Community Service Day, all freshmen and new transfer students MUST select the project they wish to participate in as space is limited. Ffreshmen and new transfer students which sign up for Community Service Day by Saturday August 13 will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.