Volunteerism and Community Engagement

Group photo from Clean Up Day
Earth Day Clean Up
Into the Streets
New Orleans Trip
CSRC Staff at the Annual Conference on Volunteering and Social Responsibility
Carnegie Seal

SUNY Oneonta inspires students to make a difference through voluntary community service. In addition, our faculty offer many service-learning courses that teach civic responsibility, strengthen communities, and help students make the connection between classroom learning and the world of work.

Service opportunities coordinated through our Center for Volunteerism and Community Engagement (CVCE) range in length, scope and depth; some even involve service trips across the United States and abroad. Most volunteer opportunities require no experience of any kind. Anyone can get involved-- students, faculty, staff, nonprofit agency leaders… we have something for everyone! One common feature in the activities that we offer is they help communities and humanity as a whole.

Key Annual Events

First-Year Service Day

First-year and transfer students provide service to local nonprofits in the City of Oneonta or do a large service project together

Conference on Volunteering and Social Responsibility

An annual conference featuring an essay contest and speakers on a variety of service-related topics


Getting creative to build structures out of cans of food that are displayed at the Southside Mall and then donated to our food pantries

See a recap of Construction

Into the Streets

Annual community service day! 400 students volunteer for 28 area nonprofits in one day, our biggest service event of the year!

See a recap of Into the Streets

Local Community Partnerships

45 K

HOURS OF community service STUDENTS average each year

$1.6 M

in value to local nonprofits


nonprofits in OTSEGO county STUDENTS volunteer WITH

Examples of local community partnerships

  • Soup kitchens, staffed by volunteers daily
  • Community Arts Network of Oneonta
  • Club Odyssey, a drug-free club for ages 18-25 offering music and activities
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • YMCA
  • Blood drives held each month

Benefits for students

  • Learn about broader community issues
  • Interact with diverse cultures and lifestyles
  • Gain valuable career experience
  • Explore values and ethical issues
  • Increase relevance for academic skills
  • Receive scholarships
  • Service award recipients will receive a pin, honors cord, or medallion to wear at graduation
  • Have fun!

Benefits for faculty

  • Positive relationships with community members
  • Real-world curriculum applications
  • Students more engaged in learning
  • Students learn differently through an experiential experience such as service-learning
  • Support SUNY Oneonta's core value of citizenship and public service

Benefits for non-profit agencies

  • Access to SUNY Oneonta resources
  • Positive relationships with SUNY Oneonta staff, faculty and students
  • Access to a significant pool of volunteers

Is your nonprofit agency looking for volunteers? Complete our Agency Job Description Form


Center for Volunteerism and Community Engagement
127 Hunt Union
Phone: (607) 436-2098
Fax: (607) 436-2760
Email: cvce@oneonta.edu

Linda Drake
CSRC Director

127 Hunt Union

Sue Sorbera
Administrative Assistant

127 Hunt Union


Allen T. Kariyakarawana
Student Coordinator

127 Hunt Union

CSRC Student Coordinator

Daniel Schlagel
Student Coordinator

127 Hunt Union


Jaden Santisteban
Student Coordinator

127 Hunt Union

Carlotta Batchelder

Carlotta Batchelder
Student Coordinator

127 Hunt Union


The CVCE is part of the Experiential Learning Center (ELC) located in Hunt Union. Other offices located in the ELC are Student Research and Creative Activity, Global Education (OGE), Career Planning and Networking, and Sustainability.

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