Volunteer Impact

The Presidential Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has included SUNY Oswego since the list’s inception in 2006.

The college was a founding member of the New York State Campus Compact, established in 2000, to help students develop the values and skills of citizenship through involvement in community service.

Students participate in community volunteer work on numerous other occasions throughout the year. For example, creative writing students conduct writing workshops with residents of a nearby retirement community. College students tutor local children through the Oswego Public Library.

Dozens of students each year participate in Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-a-Grandparent, Circle K, Red Cross Club, Mentor Oswego, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and Special Olympics through the college’s Center for Service Learning and Community Services. In 2008-09, around 1,100 SUNY Oswego students provided more than 24,300 hours of service to the community through the center.

Students from the School of Business provide free income tax preparation and counseling for local residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Accounting students staff sites in Fulton and Oswego during the spring semester and meet with taxpayers of any income level to prepare and e-file several hundred federal and state tax returns each year.

Services offered to students are also extended to the community. The college’s Career Services Office has made career counseling services, résumé writing and interviewing workshops, and the annual Career Night available to area residents without charge. The financial aid staff offers help to those who need assistance with specific situations or completing forms, whether or not the student plans to attend Oswego.

The campus Counseling Services Center offers screenings for anxiety and depression each year that many people from the community attend.

Through such community projects as the Red Cross blood drive, annual Holiday Toy Drive and State Employees Federated Appeal/United Way, the college community each year contributes to the welfare of the larger community.

Individually, college faculty and staff serve in leadership roles in a range of community organizations, including:

  • Business organizations such as Operation Oswego County, the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Development Association.
  • Child development organizations such as Success by Six, Oswego County Head Start, ARC of Oswego County, Oswego Children’s Center, Central New York Reading Council, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, parent-teacher associations and youth sports organizations.
  • Local government agencies such as city boards and committees, town councils and school boards and the Oswego County Public Utility Board.
  • Other community volunteer organizations including Harborfest, Oswego County Environmental Management Council, Oswego Maritime Foundation, American Association of University Women, Oswego Health, The Manor at Seneca Hill, Oswego County Hospice, Oswego County Mental Health Association, Oswego-Onondaga County Red Cross Crisis Response Team, Oswego County Opportunities, Salvation Army, Oswego County YP Voice, United Way, Oswego Film Group, Ontario Center for the Performing Arts, Rotary Clubs, Zonta, Oswego Public Library, Oswego County Humane Society, Oswego County Historical Society, Safe Haven Museum, Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, Syracuse Jewish Family Services, Onondaga Citizens League, and many churches and temples, among other community groups.

<<< Environmental Impact | Quick SUNY Oswego Stats >>>