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Ways to Give Back to the Community

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It’s imperative to give back to your community. There are many places on and around University at Albany to donate. Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and gratefulness. As college students we don’t usually have money to spare, but we have time, clothes, and the like. Here you’ll find some easy places to help those around you.

The Center for Leadership and Service is hosting a Change for Change competition through Dec. 15. Student groups compete to see who can collect the most spare change. The money raised will be donated to disaster relief efforts. You can easily gather a group of friends, register, and start collecting change. Something as little as quarters and dimes can go a long way.

ResLife is holding a toy drive, Holiday Heroes, through Dec. 7. You can drop off new toys near each quad’s office. These toys will go to children in need in Albany.  

St. Mary’s soup kitchen in Albany is looking for volunteers Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To volunteer call 926-1449 ext. 317. The Regional Food Bank of Albany is also looking for volunteers to sort donations. To arrange a shift call (518) 786-3691 ext. 263 or email at [email protected].

If you’re a runner you may want to consider participating in the Troy Turkey Trot, Nov. 23. You can run one mile, 5k, or 10k. Proceeds from the event go to charity. This fun event involves a costume contest and food vendors.

Consider volunteering for these charities with friends. This will be a benefit to each organization and more fun for you!


Katie Gibson is the lifestyle editor for the Albany Student Press. She is also a DJ for WCDB.

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