Holiday 2019

This holiday season, the University at Albany community is participating in a number of activities to help meet the needs of our friends, neighbors and partners. Thank you to all who are taking part and continuing the Great Danes’ long tradition of service and outreach to our communities. Happy Holidays!

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH THANKSGIVING VOLUNTEER DAY
Friday, November 22, 12:30 - 1 p.m.
School of Public Health students are volunteering to fill Thanksgiving baskets for low-income families at the Commission on Economic Opportunity in Troy on Friday, November 22nd.

DONATE A THANKSGIVING BASKET 
Through Monday, November 25th at 4 p.m.
Contact: Sheri Stevens, Director, CPSP, at sstevens@albany.edu or (518) 442-5683
Community Partner: South End Children's Café, Albany
Summary: UAlbany's Community & Public Service Program (CPSP) is accepting baskets and delivering them to the South End Children’s Café for Thanksgiving meals for families. They are still really short on baskets! If you are interested in making a basket, some suggestions for things to put in the basket include: gift card for turkey or ham; bag of potatoes; carrots; breading for stuffing; cranberry sauce, cans of green beans; packs of rolls; pumpkin or apple pie; whipped cream; turkey gravy; box of brownie mix; apple juice; and butter. You can get a wicker basket or pick up a new laundry basket to use.
Drop-off instructions: Drop off your basket to CPSP at the Social Sciences Building, Room SS112 on the uptown campus.
Deadline: Monday, November 25th by 4 p.m.
Additional information: If you would like to commit to a basket and drop it off to the Café yourself, please email Diane at the South End Children's Café at diane@southendchildrenscafe.org.

UALBANY STUDENT ATHLETES' "FOOD FRENZY"
UAlbany student athletes have collected 2,000 nonperishable items to benefit clients of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The student-athletes will drop off the cans at the food bank on Monday, November 25th.

READ FOR RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF THE CAPITAL REGION
Summary:  In early December, UAlbany student athletes will continue their tradition of visiting local schools to encourage student achievement in reading and community service. These activities benefit Ronald McDonald House. Students athletes are schedule to visit All Saints Catholic Academy and Pine Hills Elementary School, both located in Albany.

STUDENTS STOPPING THE EXPLOITATION OF PEOPLE (SSTEP)
Through Wednesday, December 4th
Contact: Michael Baumgardner, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity, at mbaumgardner@albany.edu or (518) 949-3090
Community Partner: Safe Inc. of Schenectady
Summary: (SSTEP) will be collecting items for the next month to donate to Safe Inc. Safe Inc. is in Schenectady and addresses the needs of persons between the ages of 12 and 35, who are or have been sexually exploited, at risk of sexual exploitation, or homeless.
Items needed: Wash clothes, bars of Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, brushes/combs, deodorant, chapstick, shampoo/conditioner, socks, women’s underwear, men’s cotton boxers, hats/gloves/scarves, duffle bags, backpacks, women's sports bras, and men’s cotton t-shirts.
Drop-off locations: Boxes will be located in Humanities 018 on the uptown campus and Draper 102 on the downtown campus. We will also be collecting items at the CEHC Showcase on December 4th on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center.

HOLIDAY HEROES -- Residential Life’s Annual Fundraiser for Northern Rivers
Through Thursday, December 5th
Contact: Jameelee Ford, Assistant Director, Community Development, Residential Life at jford2@albany.edu or (518) 442-5876.
Community Partner: Northern Rivers
Summary: Calling all residential students to bring a donation to their Residential Life Office to benefit clients of Northern Rivers (Northeast Parent & Child Society, Parsons Child & Family Center, and Unlimited Potential). Wish list items include electronics, personal hygiene supplies, gift cards, books, sporting goods, games, toys, arts and crafts, apparel items, and linens. All items must be new and unused. For a full list of suggestions, please click here.
Deadline: Thursday, December 5th

OFFICE OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT 2019 ADOPT-A-FAMILY
Through Friday, December 6
Contact: Facilities Management at 442-3400 and ask Diana Delp, Riki Brown, Melanie Petit or Jay Minkler for details.
Community Partner for 2019: Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families
Summary: The Office of Facilities Management annually adopts a family from any one of the county programs throughout the Capital Region. We collect bottle returns throughout the year and couple those funds with cash donations to fulfill the wish lists. This year we are working with the Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families. Join us as we celebrate the spirit of giving with a potluck lunch event while collectively ordering the requested gifts online.|
Deadline: The lunch celebration is December 6 at Service Building A Room 103 at noon. All cash donations are greatly appreciated. Bottle and can returns can be accepted throughout the year.

STUDENT ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAAC) BRUNCH
Date: Sunday, December 8th at 9 :30 a.m
Location: 176 Sheridan Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Summary: UAlbany student athletes will cook brunch at the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless.

STUDENT ATHLETES ANNUAL DODGE CANCER (DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT)
Date: Sunday, December 8th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: SEFCU Arena
Community Partner: Friends of Jaclyn Foundation
Summary: All proceeds go to Friends of Jaclyn, which aims to improve the quality of life for children battling brain tumors and other childhood cancers by parigin them with local teams, clubs and community groups. Football, Women's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Women's Volleyball and our Cheerleaders have all embraced a child.

UALBANY DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS VOLUNTEER DAY
Date: Monday, December 9th, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Nearly 100 UAlbany Athletics faculty, staff and student athletes will spend the day volunteering at a variety of Capital Region nonprofits preparing meals, wrapping holiday gifts, and sorting and organizing food, clothes and home goods for individuals and families in need. Our volunteers will be serving the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Unity House, the City Mission of Schenectady, the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, and the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.

19th ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE AT THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH (SPH)
Through Monday, December 9th

Contact: Nikki Malachowski, Administrative Manager, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, SPH at (518) 402-0372 or nmalachowski@albany.edu.
Community Partner: U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and Aramark Corp.
Summary: For the 19th year, the School of Public Health is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to collect toys for children for the holidays. Toy drop-off boxes are located on the Health Sciences Campus in the SPH lobby, the lobby of Aramark, and the Cancer Center lobby.
Deadline: Please drop your gift off by Monday, December 9th.

U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVES TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE
Through Thursday, December 12th
Contacts:  UAlbany Police Communications Officer Scott Dilcher, sdilcher@albany.eduTodd Foreman, Finance and Administration, todd.foreman@albany.edu, (518) 956-8210, University Hall 212; Merissa Mabee, Human Resources, mlmabee@albany.edu, (518) 437-4700, University Administration Building, Room 300
Community Partner: U.S. Marine Corps Reserves
Summary: Collecting new, unwrapped toys and personal hygiene items for local children and young adults, newborn to age 18.
Drop-off locations:  There are four campus locations where you many drop off your toys:  University Hall; the UAlbany Police Station; the Human Resources Offices in UAB; and by the UPD station in the entrance to Husted Hall on the downtown campus.
Deadline: Please drop your gift off by Thursday, December 12th.

DOWNTOWN CAMPUS WARM WINTER WISHES TOY & CLOTHING DRIVE
Through Thursday, December 12th
Contact: Diana Mancini, School of Criminal Justice, dmancini2@albany.edu or (518) 591-8730, Draper 220B; and Mary Hunt, Office for Public Engagement, mhunt@albany.edu or (518) 442-3470, Draper 117A
Community Partner: Catholic Charities Housing Office 
Summary: Members of the downtown campus are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children, newborn to age 15, and warm gloves, hats and scarves for adults and children. Please stop by Diana's or Mary's office to choose a gift to give. 
Deadline: Please drop your gift off to Diana or Mary by Thursday, December 12th.

THE BLACK DOLL PROJECT
Contact: Sheri Stevens of the Community & Public Service Program CPSP and Debernee Privott of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Community Partners: The Black Nurses Coalition
Summary: Both the CPSP and the Black Faculty & Staff Association at UAlbany are accepting dolls of color for youngsters in the City of Albany.
Deadlines and Drop-off instructions: You may drop off donations at one of three locations: To Amberly Carter at CC West B91 or Deb Privott at MSC 312 by December 12th; or Sheri Stevens at Social Science 112 by December 13th. Or, contact Sheri and she will arrange a pick-up for your donation.

FINLEY THE FOX DRIVE
Contact: Jessie Beauharnois, Sponsored Programs, at jbeauharnois@albany.edu
or 437-3833.
Community Partners: Girls Inc and U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program
Summary: Purchase a $25 Finley the Fox stuffed animal to support the Girls Inc. Eureka! program and Toys for Tots. Each Finley purchased will be donated to Toys for Tots and $10 of the proceeds from each Finley sold will go to support Girls Inc Eureka!, a program that introduces girls to STEM, mentorship and career exploration. UAlbany is part of the Eureka program offering a four-week summer camp experiences for girls.
Deadline: By December 6th, notify Jessie Beauharnois at 437-3833, MCC100 how many Finleys you would like to purchase. You will have your Finleys by December 13th.

BROTHERS OF GROOVE PHI GROOVE SFL 1ST ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
Through Friday, December 13th
Contact: Mahamadu Sillah at msillah@albany.edu. Mahamadu is a brother of Groove Phi Groove SFI at UAlbany, a Residential Assistant on State Quad, State Quad Senator and future Housing Manager for Empire next fall.
Community Partners: Albany Damien Center and the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP)
Summary: You can help us raise money and gather toys for those in need. Donations will be used to buy more toys and gift wrapping supplies. This a great way for us to give back and give those who can’t afford to get their child a Christmas gift a chance to get one.
Drop-off locations: there are four drop-off locations: EOP Complex main lobby; CPSP at SS112; University Art Museum; and the Student Association office front desk.
Deadline: Friday, December 13th
Additional information: Please click here to learn more about getting involved.

THE PURPLE PANTRY AT UALBANY
Contact: Lily Rasmus, Purple Pantry Coordinator, at (518) 442-1462 or krasmus@albany.edu, or the Dean of Students Office at (518) 442-5501.
Summary: The Purple Pantry is accepting donations to benefit UAlbany students, faculty, staff and their families. The pantry is in need of all non-perishable food items including grains, proteins, canned fruit, canned vegetables, soups, oils, and crackers. Paper products such as toilet paper, tissue, paper towels, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, etc. are also needed.
Drop-off location: Please drop off donations to CC 137 on Mondays/Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 3 – 7 p.m., and Fridays from 1 – 5 p.m.
Deadline: December closing dates will be posted when available.
Additional information: The Purple Pantry is located at CC 329. Follow the Purple Pantry on Instagram @ualbanypurplepantry.

NEIGHBORS IN NEED PROGRAM
Contact: Fardin Sanai, VP for University Advancement, at fsanai@albany.edu or (518) 956-8066.
Community Partner: Albany Medical College
Summary: For the 5th year, the University Advancement team is working with Albany Medical College’s Family Medicine Interest Group on the holiday Neighbors in Need program. The program solicits “needs and wishes” from children of all ages who find themselves in situations where the holidays are otherwise quite bleak. The program works with community partners, including the AMC Employee Assistance Program, as well as community organizations providing services to families in West and Arbor Hill, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, new refugee families, and more. In our four years of participation, our advancement team has proudly and happily provided holiday gifts for more than 150 area children.

CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH CONTINUING EDUCATION (CPHCE) ADOPT-A-FAMILY
Contact: Lynn Greabell and Annalee Lasch at CPHCE, School of Public Health
Community Partner: Albany County.
Summary: CPHCE is collecting gifts for a local family. There are still items left to be filled on their wish list including a small microwave and bike for a 2 ½-year-old girl. To make a donation, please contact Lynne Greaball.
Deadline: Contact Annalee Lasch at (518) 402-0330

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 2019 ADOPT-A-FAMILY 
Through Tuesday, December 17th
Contact: Sharon Malison, School of Education, at smalison@albany.edu or (518) 442-4988, or Deb Brown in the School of Education at dabrown@albany.edu or (518) 442-4988 
Community Partner: Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families
Summary: The School of Education is collecting holiday gifts for a disadvantaged family, sponsored by the Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Family. There is a sign-up sheet in Deb Brown’s office (281) with the wish list of the family. Gift certificates from local grocery shops and retail establishments are also appreciated. A donation of cash will be used to acquire gifts that have not been purchased.
Deadline: Please bring your unwrapped gifts or other contributions to Deb Brown or Olivia Pounds in the School of Education by Tuesday, December 17th.

MANAGEMENT SERVICES CENTER ADOPT-A-FAMILY
Contact: Nancy Marra, Grant Administration, at 437-3883 or NSMarra@albany.edu.
Community Partner: Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families
Summary: The Management Services Center, which includes Sponsored Programs Administration, RF Human Resources, the Office of Regulatory Research Compliance, and Strategic Initiatives, Data Assessment, and Information Technology, is collecting contributions for a local family through the Adopt-a-Family program.
Deadline: There is no deadline at this time. Please contact Nancy Marra for more information.
Drop-off information: Please drop off your contribution to an HR associate in the Management Services Center (MSC 100A)

CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH CONTINUING EDUCATION FOOD DRIVE FOR THE ANNUAL HUNGER ACTION CHALLENGE
Contact: Contact: Lynn Greabell and Annalee Lasch at CPHCE, School of Public Health
Community Partner: Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Drop-off information: Drop off your food and personal hygiene products in the boxes on the 2nd floor of the School of Public Health on the Health Sciences Campus in Rensselaer.
For more information and deadlines: Contact Lynn or Annalee

UNIVERSITY IN THE HIGH SCHOOL SUPPORTS JAZZY SUN BIRTHDAYS
Contact: Debernee Privott, Assistant Dean for Public Engagement, College of Arts and Sciences at dprivott@albany.edu or (518) 442-4148
Summary: This holiday season, UAlbany's University in the High School Program through the College of Arts and Sciences is volunteering for Jazzy Sun Birthdays. Jazzy Sun Birthdays makes homeless and low-income children feel like kings and queens for a day by celebrating their birthdays with personalized parties. The programs hosts monthly birthday parties at local homeless shelters serving families.