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50 Acts of Kindness

SUNY Canton students, faculty and staff are frequently active in the local community. To mark its 50 Years on the Hill, the College is showcasing "50 Acts of Kindness" - a countdown of community engagement. These are just a few of the ways SUNY Canton gives back to the surrounding community all year round.

1. Puerto Rico Donation Drive benefits those impacted by Hurricane Maria

Students and staff delivered a truckload of emergency supplies to Syracuse on Monday in support of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico. Organizers said it was one of the largest donations from a single organization thus far.

Students unload a truck with supplies intended for Puerto Rico.

2. Several student organizations helped the SUNY Canton President’s Office hold the annual children’s Holiday party

More than 100 children had the chance to meet Santa, read stories and watch movies in the college’s Kingston Theater.

Two PNE sisters pose with Santa Claus at the Children's Party.

3. Men’s baseball team holds t-shirt fundraiser for the Clemente Foundation and Puerto Rico recovery
4. Admissions Director Melissa Evans holds fundraiser to benefit equine care in Puerto Rico

5. Brother II Brother organization held an auction fundraiser to generate funds for Puerto Rico aid

Brother 2 Brother members stand next to their donation to Puerto Rico.

6. Construction Technology Management students volunteer to help renovate the North Country Children’s MuseumStudents sawing lumber for the new North Country Children's Museum

Students in SUNY Canton’s Wood Structures lab gained valuable real-world experience by helping the North Country Children’s Museum renovate their new Potsdam location.

Led by experienced faculty, the students have helped with several projects at the museum’s building behind The Tile Co. at 10 Raymond Street. Most recently, the students leveled the floors and framed walls in the building’s classroom space.

More about the renovation

7. Men’s soccer team holds youth clinic

Roody greets a young soccer player.

8. EOP students assist with clean-up efforts at St. Mary’s Church

9. Women’s basketball team helps St. Mary’s Church move Gabriel Project office to new location on Main Street

Women's basketball players pose for a photo outside St. Mary's Church, on and around a truck trailer.

Students examining solar panels at Birdsfoot

10. Alternative and Renewable Energy students help Birdsfoot Farm repair solar energy system

SUNY Canton students are helping Birdsfoot Farm in Canton remain an environmentally-friendly community.

Kibria K. Roman, an instructor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program, said that his students will be augmenting their classroom instruction this semester by volunteering their time to troubleshoot and make repairs to the farm’s solar units.

More about the repair

11. Outdoor Adventures Club help maintain Grasse River Heritage Park in Canton
12. On August 19, EOP students helped to prepare the grounds by raking leaves and cleaning rooms at St. Mary's School for fall opening.

13. SUNY Canton Giving Tree project raises funds and toys for low-income families in St. Lawrence County

A student selects a tag from the Holiday Tree.President Szafran and student stand next to the toys and clothing collected for the St. Lawrence County holiday drive.

14. Students assist with Habitat for Humanity project
15. Veterinary Technician Association provides treat bags for pets at the Blessing of the Animals event

16. Greek organizations volunteer at “Phantoms in the Park” event

Greeks help students prepare art projects for Halloween.

17. Bras Across Campus event raises awareness about breast cancer

The fundraiser saw proceeds go to the Feel Your Boobies Foundation, which provides the college’s breast cancer prevention educational materials.

Students hang bras on a railing in the Southworth Library.

View more about Bras Across Campus

18. Outdoor Adventures Club assists with Stone Valley Trail maintenance
19. Veterinary Technician Association volunteers at “Focus on Ferals” event
20. College Association Dining Services participated in Tastes of Autumn Fundraising Dinner supporting St. Lawrence Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.
21. Veterinary Technician Association raises funds for Potsdam Humane Society Octoberfest event


Fort Drum soldiers enrolled in SUNY Canton’s Solar Ready Vets program installed photovoltaic panels to power Norwood’s landmark fountain.

Solar Ready Vets install solar panels to power the Norwood fountain.

View more about the fountain project

23. Veterinary Technician Association raises funds for Potsdam Humane Society at Flaming Leaves Festival
24. Veterinary Technician Association volunteers at North Country Equine Expo

25. Women's lacrosse recently volunteered as bell-ringers for the Salvation Army (pictured are MaryClare Bowes and Mia Jermano)

Two women's lacrosse players ring the bells for the Salvation Army.

26. Veterinary Technician Association volunteers at North Country Animal Shelter

27. Students in the Heating and Plumbing Service certificate program assist with Habitat for Humanity project

Six heating and plumbing students pose for a photo.

28. President’s Office supports Corning, Inc.’s United Way of NNY fundraising campaign
29. Students volunteer to serve Thanksgiving meals to the elderly in Morristown
30. Mohawk Hall organizes a bottle drive to benefit the Potsdam Humane Society
31. Heritage Hall hosts clothing and food drive during finals week

32. Men's Basketball team helped decorate Southworth Library for the holidays

Basketball players hanging garland and cutting out paper snowflakes.

33. College hosts four-day blood drive to benefit the Red Cross
34. Men’s Hockey Team assisted the College Association in serving at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon Celebration on Oct. 5
35. Students helped to serve a free, hot meal to community members at the First Presbyterian Church of Ogdensburg.
36. Food and winter clothing donations to the SUNY Canton Student Affairs Pantry began as part of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

37. Students made 20 blankets for patients at area hospitals as part of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students knit blankets for donation.

38. The Criminal Justice Student Association hosted a three-day blood drive to benefit the Red Cross February 19-21.

39. Students, faculty and staff donated canned goods to the Student Affairs Food Pantry on National TRiO Day, February 22.

TRiO students donate cupcakes for TRiO Day.

40. The Veterinary Technician Association volunteered at the North Country Animal Shelter in Malone Feb. 17.

41. The Veterinary Technician Association volunteered for the Focus on Ferals organization in St. Regis Falls Feb. 24.

42. The women’s hockey team held a Law Enforcement K-9 Appreciation Night Feb. 17 and collected donations for local police dogs.

Ceremonial puck drop with local K9 units.

43. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society held a holiday pie fundraiser and donated 16 pies to the Campus Kitchens initiative.

44. The College Association worked with young women from Troop 50328 to purchase and distribute a free box of Girl Scout cookies to students with a meal plan at Chaney Dining Center.

Girl scouts distribute cookies to SUNY Canton students.

45. SUNY Canton Partners with Crane School of Music to Raise over $1,600 for Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

SUNY Canton partnered with the Crane School of Music to raise $1,660 for Puerto Rico Hurricane relief efforts on Monday evening at SUNY Potsdam's Sara M. Snell Theater at the Crane School of Music.
Crane School of Music pianist Julie Miller played Puerto Rican and Argentinian music, and astronomer and physicist Dr. Aileen O'Donogue from St. Lawrence University discussed her research in Puerto Rico.

SUNY Canton students pose with pianist Julie Miller and the Puerto Rican flag.

View more about the efforts

46. The sisters of Kappa Xi Omega raised funds for the American Heart Association's Heart Walk in Watertown to support their sister, Kayla Gardner.

Kappa Xi Omega sisters Alyssa Stanley, Geniveve Hopkins-Betters and Ruth Jabut

47. SUNY Canton’s Greek Council hosted the first annual Blood Battle against SUNY Potsdam, April 17-18.

Tiye Gallimore, Ja'lisa Degrace, Genesis Olivo, and Melissa Michaca hold up Red Cross T-shirts

A student gets ready to give blood.

48. Alpha Omega Chi assisted with the St. Mary’s School Gala/Auction on April 14.

49. Student and Faculty Volunteers assist with Grasse River Heritage Park Cleanup

Student volunteers from the Outdoor Adventures Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Environmental Change Organization assisted Pete Wyckoff, Vice President of the Grasse River Heritage Foundation with cleanup of the historic park on Earth Day, April 22.

A few Mechanical Engineering Technology students also repaired a bridge walkway in the park that was severely damaged from ice buildup. They jacked the bridge up, secured the foundation and replaced broken planks.

Two students shovel loose soil into a wheelbarrow

A student shovels soil into a yellow wheelbarrow while another student steers it.

Two students carry a large tree limb down a trail.

A student and facultymember Rajiv Narula dump gravel out of a yellow wheelbarrow.

A student rakes leaves from areas surrounding the trail.

A group photo of all the student and staff volunteers.

50. Roo Athletic Teams Clean up Community as Culminating act of Kindness

Student athletes from all 15 teams participated in the annual "Hop to Help Day" in Canton on April 27. They raked leaves, stacked wood, and swept driveways to assist local residents in spring cleanup.

Two students rake leaves up for a local resident.

Two women's basketball players rake and bag leaves.

Two women's basketball players rake and discard leaves.

A group photo of members of the Men's Basketball team.

Two men's basketball players carry a large bag of leaves.

A men's basketball player and assistant coach rake muddy leaves with large red rakes.

Three women's soccer players pose with rakes.

Three women's soccer players rake up leaves.

51. Men's Baseball players Fernando Santana, Brian Santana, Brandon Bautista, and Edward Malinoski, Jr. wrapped burgers with Dining Services to ensure Special Olympic athletes and guests were able to eat on schedule.