SUNY Canton students have the “spirit of the season” all year long through their volunteer efforts on campus, in the local community and across the country. The following are just a few of the projects students have participated in during 2015.
Student Government Association
Student Government Association Budget Director Fatizjah Burnett, an industrial technology major from Brooklyn, helps SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran with nearly 100 gifts collected through the college’s Giving Tree. The gifts will be distributed to area youth by the Canton Church and Community Program.
Outdoor Adventures Club (OAC)
This year OAC members pitched in to help clean and maintain trails at Stone Valley Trail in Colton, as well as re-route a section of trail to provide a more scenic hike alongside the Racquette River. They also worked in conjunction with the Grasse River Heritage organization to make upgrades to Heritage Park in Canton.
In March the group took an alternative spring break trip to Staunton River State Park in Virginia where they spent their vacation helping to care for one of original parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
In addition to hands-on work, members raised funds for the American Cancer Society through participation in “No Shave November” and Relay for Life.
OAC members at Stone Valley Trail in Colton (left) and Downerville State Forest in Russell (right).
OAC members on their alternative spring break trip to Staunton River State Park in Virginia.
Habitat for Humanity
Fourteen SUNY Canton student members of the Habitat for Humanity club worked on two homes in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Fla., during an alternative spring break trip in March. Students worked alongside the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and the future homeowners to paint exterior siding and install drywall.
Members of SUNY Canton’s Habitat for Humanity student club spent their spring break in Florida helping to build homes for families in need.
In October Delta Sigma Tau sorority members attended the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk in Syracuse to support breast cancer awareness. In November they held a silent march on campus in support of the students and staff of the University of Missouri.
Sigma Omega Epsilon sorority sisters recently helped run a bone marrow registration in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.
SUNY Canton’s sororities and fraternities (and Roody) participated in the annual “Phantoms in the Park” event in Canton where they helped children make crafts and organized a costume contest.
On October 24 the brothers of Alpha Omega Chi helped collect trash throughout the Village of Canton during “Make a Difference Day,” as well as helped with cleanup at St. Mary’s Church.
The brothers of Delta Omega Epsilon recently completed a toy drive to benefit the Children’s Home of Jefferson County.
Environmental Change Organization
During the fall semester, students hosted four campus cleanups, as well as several leaf pickups to contribute to the College’s composting initiative. They also educated the campus about the value of reusable water bottles to decrease plastic waste.
More than 100 student-athletes volunteered at the New York State North Country Region Special Olympic Summer Games in May, where they helped encourage the competitors and assisted with event organization.
The SUNY Canton women’s hockey team delivered 300 food items to the Canton Neighborhood Center in December. The Roos asked fans to bring canned food items to the team’s home game versus Salem State University.
Jessica Pele, Kat McNeilly, Mariah McCue and Amanda Ballestero of the women’s hockey team deliver canned goods to the Canton Neighborhood Center.
Veterinary Technician Association
Student members volunteered their time throughout the year at the Malone and Potsdam Humane Societies where they helped with grooming and administering medication for the animals. They also raised money for both shelters through various fundraisers to cover the cost of heartworm treatments.
About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.