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The SUNY Potsdam family strives to enrich the lives of those around us and sees community service as a valuable way to serve. SUNY Potsdam looks beyond our campus borders for ways to engage and impact our world. Help bring Bear Pride and power to your community’s needs!

Thank you for your help with the inaugural SUNY Potsdam Day of Service on Sunday, November 4, 2018! Remember to wear your Potsdam gear!

Who can volunteer?

  • SUNY Potsdam alumni, friends, family and students. Everyone is welcome to participate!
  • We strive to have all volunteer projects accessible to everyone, but check individual projects for any age restrictions or special training requirements.

No projects in your area?

  • Consider creating a project. We need projects throughout New York State, and anywhere alumni live!
  • You help coordinate a site and we’ll help you enlist volunteers. Learn More about Creating a Project!
  • Or do something informal like helping a neighbor on November 4th. Register or post on social media #potsdamproud and we’ll make sure you’re counted as a participant!

Past Project Examples

Out-of-State

Massachusetts

  • The Elizabeth Stone House
    Project: Interior painting and/or yard work.

In-State

Central New York

  • Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center
    Project: A variety of outdoor activities are planned: pumpkin carving and site preparations for 'Animals of Halloween' festival held later that day; general fall cleaning, gardening, and trail maintenance. Inclement weather indoor activities include: general cleaning, organizing, sorting, and possible painting of Visitor Center materials; weaving paracord into bracelets for the bookstore/giftshop.

  • Onondaga County Public Library - White Branch
    Project: Wear your comfy yard work clothes and bring your gardening tools! We'll be planting bulbs, cleaning up existing planters, and working on other projects at the library.

Finger Lakes / Western New York

  • Mount Hope Cemetery
    Project: Volunteers are led by experienced cemetery landscape professionals through routine landscaping maintenance (such as mulching, weeding, raking, and planting) and special projects. Event is held rain or shine. Volunteers must be able to lift 30lbs, and dress weather and work appropriately (boots and long pants). Tools, safety equipment (gloves, eye and ear protection) and water are provided, but feel free to bring your own provisions. Sunscreen and insect repellent is advised.

Hudson Valley

  • Dutchess County Outreach Farm Stand
    Project: Volunteers help with setup, distribution, and breakdown.

North Country

  • Catholic Charities
    Project: All the windows in the building were recently replaced, need help sanding and painting moldings. Older children only please. The mission of Catholic Charities is to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable members of our communities.
  • C.O.R.C. Thrift Store
    Project: sorting, organizing, and hanging clothing
  • Deep Root Center
    Project: Fall clean up Deep Root Center (DRC) provides the facilities, environment, resources, and support for young people who choose to take charge of their education while living and learning without school.
  • Garfield Cemetery
    Project: Raking, mowing, removing trash. If possible, bring your own rakes, gloves, shovels, wheel barrels, and tarps. Anything that might be helpful with outdoor clean up.
    Helping Hands
    Project: Cleaning the kitchen and surrounding area. Helping Hands is a compassionate ministry that distributes food, furniture, household items and financial assistance to families and individuals in need.
  • Local Living Venture
    Project: Road side clean up in Canton. Supplies will be provided.
  • Massena Humane Society
    Project: Painting and cleaning service.
  • Potsdam Food Co-Op
    Project: Fall clean-up in the garden
    Potsdam Humane Society
    Project: general tiding, cleaning, and dog walking.
  • Potsdam Public Library
    Project: Need help lifting and moving furniture, organizing their storage and potentially helping with some website opportunities.
  • Potsdam Village Parks
    Project: Raking, tiding flower beds, general fall clean up. Rakes, bags, material provided.
  • Salvation Army
    Project: Helping with food pantry and thrift store. The store just moved and help is needed to move items and unpack them. Also, help needed moving items onto storage shelves and onto floors.
  • SLC Arts (St. Lawrence County Arts Council)
    Project: Cleaning and organizing studio spaces and offices for upcoming studio tour.
  • Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) Event
    Project: Each year, the North Country Heritage Award is presented at a party at The TAUNY Center. The whole community is invited to help us celebrate the recipients and learn about their contributions to North Country culture. TAUNY is looking for volunteers to help set up, run and take down the event.
  • Waddington Family Resource Center
    Project: Sorting and displaying donations of winter clothing.
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