University at Albany

Rockefeller College Holds
Inaugural Service Day

ALBANY, N.Y. - On Friday, April 7th, the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy held its inaugural Service Day, bringing together Rockefeller alumni, students, faculty and staff to help local communities. 

Rockefeller College hosted three volunteer opportunities in Albany at Habitat for Humanity, The Food Pantries for the Capital District, and the American Red Cross. Meanwhile alumni around the globe were encouraged to participate by volunteering at organizations of their choosing in their own communities.

Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers spent the day helping Habitat for Humanity for the Capital District paint, caulk, and install cabinetry at the newly built single-family homes on Orange Street in Albany. Habitat and its partners are redeveloping Sheridan Hollow, one of the City’s most neglected neighborhoods, into a mixed-income, mixed-use sustainable community. The Sheridan Hollow project will increase the City’s tax base, eliminate blight and promote re-investment in an important and historically significant neighborhood.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District:
Students, alumni, faculty and staff planted seeds for a community garden that will serve the area throughout the summer. The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 56 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties working together to feed the hungry.

American Red Cross:
Rockefeller volunteers participated in an American Red Cross Home Fire Safety Campaign. The Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don't have them, and by educating people about home fire safety. The Red Cross trained Rockefeller’s participants and then sent the volunteers out into the community as enforcers of fire safety in residencies.

Outside of the Capital District, volunteers reported lending a hand at locations in New York City and Washington, DC. 

“The collaboration between Rockefeller College alumni, students, faculty, staff and community volunteers was truly amazing to see,” said Rockefeller College’s Director of Alumni Relations Kelly Hammond. “We could not have done this day without our volunteers, and we are so appreciative of those who gave their time.  I want to thank each and every one of the immensely for their dedication and support.”

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