collection of SUNY Erie Community College Social Science students have spent
part of their fall semester connecting with their community through volunteer
work at the Resource Council of Western New York and its community center at
347 East Ferry St. in Buffalo.
on October 26, these students undertook efforts toward painting the inside of
the Resource Council’s gymnasium, an asset for neighborhood children and adults
who utilize the expanse. Conducted in conjunction with SUNY Erie’s robust Service
Learning Initiative—that matches students with community partners for hands-on
learning opportunities—the project will run through November and be complete by
the end of the semester.
to Carl Stokes, assistant professor at SUNY Erie and leader of the project, the
effort is a great opportunity for students to connect with their community, all
while earning critical growth as a student and young adult.
students have had the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones and
interact with people from different areas of Western New York,” said Stokes.
“Many of them have developed relationships with inner city youth, their
families, and student volunteers from other local colleges. [These] students
understand the major impact that a little bit of time can make on these
children and their community.”
SUNY Erie outreach with the Resource Council of WNY—an organization that
provides early intervention and mentoring through educational and athletic
programming for youth, adults and U.S. veterans—has been multifaceted over the
past year. Last spring, Stokes and students coordinated a book drive that
solicited more than 800 books for the Council’s after-school activities and
literacy programming; and this semester, the College has connected a separate
group of Human Services students to the organization as interns.
more information about SUNY Erie’s Liberal Arts and Science – Social Science
Program, please visit www.ecc.edu/client/programdetail.aspx?ID=4062.
more information about the Resource Council of WNY, please visit www.resourcecouncilofwesternnewyork.wordpress.com.
1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while
contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the
state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and
accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment.
Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and
students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and
partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu
or call (716) 851-1ECC.