SUNY Oneonta students headed “Into the Streets” for the college’s annual volunteer day on Saturday, May 7, bringing back a long-running tradition that had been on hiatus for two years due to the pandemic.
Students began their morning with breakfast and a send-off that included a free T-shirt proudly identifying them as SUNY Oneonta volunteers. Nearly 300 students signed up to volunteer at 24 area not-for-profit organizations, according to Linda Drake, executive director of the college’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community, which coordinates the event. “There were most likely many more students who showed up at a moment’s notice,” she said.
Student volunteers traveled in teams to sites in Oneonta, Laurens, Otego, Milford, Cooperstown, Burlington, New Berlin, East Meredith and Delhi. They spent up to six hours in volunteer activities such as painting, cleaning and window-washing at nonprofit agencies, schools and churches; cleanup at area parks and trails; and landscaping at various organizations.
Video: Into the Streets Volunteers in Action
About the CSRC
SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community provides students with volunteer and service-learning opportunities throughout the year. Signature events include Into the Streets, the Oneonta Fights Cancer fund-raiser for a local cancer survivor, and the CANstruction competition, which has generated nearly 48,000 pounds of food for local food banks since its inception in 2011.