Student Involvement

Project Prom Dress
This student-led organization collected dresses from consignment shops in Canisteo and Horseheads valued collectively at more than $20,000. These formal gowns are being distributed to underprivileged girls and their families in order to assuage some of the cost of important formal events such as the high school prom. The group will also be hosting the Whitesville High School prom in spring 2014.

Disaster Relief
These student-led initiatives deploy anywhere in the state of New York before, during, and after disasters in order to rebuild, clear hazards, and prevent future damage. Groups have donated their time and expertise in Schoharie, Long Island, Binghamton, Owego, Apalachin, Minot, and more.

Local Blood Drives
For 25 years, the Pi Rho Zeta fraternity on campus has been leading local blood drives and working to spread awareness of the need for donors.

Southern Tier Architectural Resource Center (STAR) Urban Design Studio
Students in the architectural technology and interior design programs have participated for the last decade in a number of community-based, service-learning projects throughout Western New York as part of their studio course work.

Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany
The annual Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany event, held as part of the national Make a Difference Day, attracted more than 500 students and volunteers from Alfred State, Alfred University, and Houghton College in October 2013. Groups spread out across Allegany County raking leaves, winterizing buildings, and performing other needed community service projects—from Cuba Memorial Hospital to local churches to veteran associations to the Allegany ARC and many other non-profits.

Some 2,000 students contributed more than 46,000 hours of community service, civic engagement, and workforce knowledge to communities across the country in 2012.

Faculty and staff reported spending more than 7,600 hours on community service in 2012; this amount represents a collective community investment of $168,164 according to Independent Sector’s 2012 valuation of volunteer time.