SUNY Potsdam Invites Students and Alumni to Volunteer for College's First-Ever Day of Service

Calling All Potsdam Bears: SUNY Potsdam Community Unites Through Volunteer Work with Day of Service on Oct. 21

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SUNY Potsdam will sponsor the College’s inaugural Day of Service, bringing together campus community members in volunteer projects on Saturday, Oct. 21.

POTSDAM, NY (10/06/2017) (readMedia)-- SUNY Potsdam will bring together alumni, students, faculty, staff and parents for the College's first-ever Day of Service -- uniting campus community members through volunteerism and Potsdam Pride, on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The inaugural Day of Service will engage volunteers across New York State and wherever alumni live, to complete a variety of community service projects and share their pride in their alma mater.

"Every year, we are gratified to hear stories of the important work that members of the SUNY Potsdam family do to support worthy causes, both here in the North Country and in communities across the globe. Through our first Day of Service, we hope that Potsdam Bears from all over can come together to give back and show the world what a difference each of us can make," President Kristin G. Esterberg said.

All campus community members are welcome to participate in the SUNY Potsdam Day of Service. To pitch in, visit, and register to join a project in your area -- or coordinate a project for a favorite cause in your neck of the woods.

You can even join in by completing individual projects like helping a needy neighbor on Oct. 21. Just register to make sure that your efforts are counted.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear their SUNY Potsdam Bears gear on site and to post photos of their project on social media, using the hashtag #PotsdamProud.

Here's a selection of the official SUNY Potsdam Day of Service volunteer sites:

  • Catholic Charities in Ogdensburg, N.Y.
  • C.O.R.C. Thrift Store in Potsdam, N.Y.
  • Deep Root Center in Canton, N.Y.
  • Dutchess County Outreach Farm Stand in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., coordinated by Greg Lacey '82
  • The Elizabeth Stone House in Roxbury, Mass., coordinated by AmyJean McKeown '89 and Jordan Summers '10
  • Friends of Rogers Environmental Educational Center in Sherburne, N.Y., coordinated by Jessica Moquin '00
  • Garfield Cemetery in Potsdam, N.Y.
  • Helping Hands in Hannawa Falls, N.Y.
  • Liberty Manor Intensive Residential Treatment Center in Rochester, N.Y., coordinated by Sally Partner '78
  • Local Living Venture in Canton, N.Y.
  • Massena Humane Society in Massena, N.Y.
  • Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y., coordinated by Val Foote '11
  • Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club in Ogdensburg, N.Y.
  • Onondaga County Public Library, White Branch, in Syracuse, N.Y., coordinated by Sarah Mack '04
  • Potsdam Food Co-op in Potsdam, N.Y.
  • Potsdam Humane Society in Potsdam, N.Y.
  • Potsdam Public Library in Potsdam, N.Y.
  • Potsdam Village Parks in Potsdam, N.Y.
  • Salvation Army in Massena, N.Y.
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Parish Thrift Store in Brooklyn, N.Y., coordinated by Josh Rich '10
  • St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House in Canton, N.Y.
  • St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam, N.Y.
  • Traditional Arts in Upstate New York in Canton, N.Y.
  • Waddington Family Resource Center in Waddington, N.Y.

For more information about each of these projects, and to sign up to volunteer, visit

Don't see a project in your area? Consider creating one. For more information on how to lead a Day of Service project to help a cause you care about, visit

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs by phone at (315) 267-2120 or via email at

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges -- and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit