Medaille College administration, faculty and staff members gave back to the Western New York community by volunteering at local organizations, as part of this year’s annual Day of Service events held on July 11 in Buffalo and July 12 in Rochester. Community is one of Medaille’s core values, and the College recognizes community as a coming together of diverse individuals who endeavor to create an inclusive, supportive and collaborative society.
Organizations that were supported through Day of Service include the Buffalo City Mission Cornerstone Manor, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Peace of the City, West Side Beautification, Tifft Nature Preserve, SonRays Ministries., Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County, the Seneca Park Zoo and Vive Shelter — Jericho Road Community Health Center.
Photos from all work sites can be viewed and downloaded at media.medaille.edu.
Some of this year’s faculty and staff volunteers shared the impact of their Day of Service participation:
“Volunteering at Vive Shelter — Jericho Road Community Health Center was a wonderful experience. I learned about the barriers that asylum seekers experience, as well as the resources offered to them while living in a shelter. I enjoyed working with my colleagues, and it was nice to play a small role in assisting a great organization like Vive.” — Academic Advisement Counselor Chris Lazzaro
“It was an honor to volunteer at Jewish Family Service as part of Medaille’s Day of Service. Our team learned so much about the many vital services the organization offers our community, and I loved the opportunity to work with colleagues from across campus. We made a great team and accomplished much.” — Director of Philanthropy Jeanine Purcell
“My day of service assignment was at Peace of the City at school #77. Our team discovered what a welcoming and safe place it is for children and teens. I was very impressed with their small businesses program, which included refurbishing and rehabbing bikes and jewelry and soap making. These programs afford local youth the opportunity to learn valuable skills required to land and keep a job. Overall, my Day of Service participation was a deep learning experience for me, and I look forward to collaborating and volunteering in the future.” — Director, TRiO Student Support Services Laura Horton
“I was happy to be able to serve at the Family Justice Center in Amherst, where its team does inspiring work to help survivors of domestic abuse. I plan on sharing the organization’s information with Medaille students, so they can help volunteer and intern at Family Justice Center in the future.” — Assistant Professor of the Practice in Interdisciplinary Studies and Grants Manager Dr. Nicole Jowsey
“Our team had a wonderful experience planting trees at the Tifft Nature Preserve. It was a great way to work with colleagues outside of the office while giving back to the community and nature.” — Director of Athletics Sue Roarke
“I volunteered at the Buffalo City Cornerstone Manor. What an amazing organization! The staff gave our team a tour and explained the wonderful work the organization does and the people it serves. I was surprised that many of the donations it receives are shirts and pants, but we were informed how important donations of the bare essentials are, like underwear, bras and toiletries. This organization is definitely one I would gladly help again.” — Academic Achievement Specialist Kate Chwojdak