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Students' Commitment to Service and Sustainability Highlights Spring Awakening Event

Students can take part in a recycling contest on April 14 at Spring Awakening. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

Students at UAlbany promoted healthy living and a healthy environment on April 14 in the Campus Center with Spring Awakening: Be Green, Be Healthy, Be Well. The event featured a health and wellness fair, a farmer's market, a clothing exchange and student presentations, and showcased UAlbany students' commitment to community service and environmental sustainability.

As part of the event, UAlbany's Student Association sponsored a clothing drive contest from April 4th-8th, with donations given to the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany, N.Y. The clothing drive contest was open to both student groups and individuals. The contest is also part of the SA Cares initiative, developed by the Student Association to support and encourage community engagement and volunteerism among students. Students dropped off donations at the Student Association offices in the Campus Center. Monetary donations are still being accepted to support the Mission.

The event was co-sponsored by the Office of Environmental Sustainability and the Employee Assistance Program with funding provided by University Auxiliary Services.

The SA Cares program has previously helped raise funds to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, as well as rally behind Hannah Sames, a young girl from Rexford, N.Y., who suffers with giant axonal neuropathy (GAN). The community helped to push the Hannah's Hope Fund in a national competition for a $250,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project. UAlbany's Student Association has also helped promote two community clean-up efforts, aimed at improving the quality of life in the Pine Hills neighborhood and building community bonds between the students and the permanent residents that live in the area.

Supporting clothing drives and sustainable living are just some of the many ways UAlbany faculty, staff, and students make a World of Difference. To learn more about how UAlbany contributes, visit UAlbany-Community Connections.

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