9550 Student Volunteers, 110,000 Hours of Community Service Places SBU on President’s 2014 Community Engagement Honor Roll
BROOK, N.Y., December 18, 2014 – Stony Brook University has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service as a member of the 2014 President’s Higher Education Honor Roll (PHEHR) for Community Service, Economic Opportunity and Education. In addition, Stony Brook was awarded Honor Roll with Distinction for a new category: Interfaith Community Service. PHEHR is designed to
Stony Brook University students helped a homeowner rebuild from Hurricane Sandy.
Universities are evaluated based on four categories: General Community Service, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Interfaith Community Service. Stony Brook has excelled in all four categories and its volunteerism efforts represented 9,550 students engaging in more than 111,000 hours of community service over the past year.
“Giving back is an integral part of the Stony Brook service mission, and it makes me exceptionally proud that so many of our students are involved and dedicate many of their free hours to help people and communities in need, ” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. MD. “As an institution, Stony Brook plays an important role in helping our students grow and learn through volunteerism and service, and our student leaders have stepped up to make an impact here in their back yard, and in communities around the world.”
The service programs in which Stony Brook students participated this year include:
- Seawolves Against Cancer, the National Residence Hall Honorary, the Residence Hall Association, and the Undergraduate Student Government collaborated to establish a local bone marrow registry;
- Tis the Season, a holiday fundraiser for multiple charities; free dental education and cleanings provided by the School of Dental Medicine to Riverhead elementary school students; and,
- Alternative Spring Break Outreach, in which students spent their spring break helping families affected by Hurricane Isaac in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Under the newly created Interfaith Community Service category, the Stony Brook University Interfaith Center spearheaded a project called
‘Hurricane Sandy Relief Day’. More than 20 students and staff from the Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life, the Catholic Campus Ministry and the Asian Christian Campus Ministry joined forces last spring to help a homeowner in need of mold removal in the aftermath of the storm. The group also participated in The Midnight Run, during which students provided food, clothing and toiletries to the homeless in New York City. Students spent time connecting with the homeless, hearing their stories and providing much-needed human contact.
For more information on community service and service learning projects on campus, visit stonybrook.edu/commcms/communityservice.