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A Bi-Monthly Newsletter of the FCSA Office of Academic Community Engagement | September 2010: Vol I, No 1

Within the Siena College Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy, the Office of Academic Community Engagement begins the ’10-’11 academic year with a new team of AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows and Bonner Service Leaders working with community partners to help the poor and marginalized in the Capital Region.

• AmeriCorps*VISTA service year reflections • Bonner service trip to Maine and Canada • Academic Service Learning preview

Pictured here, hillside in Maine as Bonners travel to Presque Isle, Northern Maine to learn about rural poverty.


A Bi-Monthly Newsletter of the FCSA Office of Academic Community Engagement Service (Change + Challenge) = Exciting VISTA Adventure AmeriCorps*VISTA Hilary Rainey reflects on the first few weeks at her service site, Music Mobile. Page 2 Transformative Change AmeriCorps*VISTA Francheska SotoGonzalez reflects on Gandhi’s notion of change and writes about how we can be the change we wish to see in the world. Page 2 Fr. Young Mentoring Program AmeriCorps*VISTA Tanya Henderson describes her work site and responsibilities. Page 2 Community Partner Habitat Restore AmeriCorps*VISTA Site Supervisor Emily Collins talks about Habitat ReStore and how Siena is helping the store grow. Page 3

September 2010: Vol I, No 1 Siena Bonner Service Leaders First Year Trip Academics and Service AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader Jennifer Simek reflects on Academic Service Learning and the professors and students she worked with in the 2009-2010 academic year. Page 6

Bonner Service Leader Melanie Iannacone shares her service experiences. Page 5

Connecting academics to service through DEEP Partnerships
Within the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy, the Office of Academic Community Engagement is housed at Siena College in Hines Hall. This year the Office of Academic Community Engagement is proud to announce that our programs and initiatives are expanding and growing deeper into the Siena College Franciscan Tradition and the greater community of the Capital Region. With that, we decided to expand our newsletter to include not only “Life as a VISTA” but also our other DEEP Service programs. Look for our DEEP Service Newsletter on a bi-monthly basis for the latest news regarding ongoing programs and projects within Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy (FCSA) Office of Academic Community Engagement. The Siena College VISTA Fellows Program started a new service year at the end of July. We are excited

The Siena Bonner Service Leaders Program is also growing! Now with 40 Bonner Service Leaders, the Bonners are getting settled into their academic courses and service sites. A committee of Bonners are also helping to plan the Halloween Extravaganza, an annual Halloween arts and crafts event sponsored by the Office of Academic Community Engagement. The proceeds of this event will go to one of our community partners. Every year this event draws hundreds of community members from across the Capital Region.

The Siena Bonner Service Leaders First Year Trip in Maine and Canada

to have three VISTA Leaders leading a group of nineteen VISTA Fellows for the 2010-2011 service year. They led a successful week long orientation for the new VISTA Fellows and four returning, secondyear VISTA Fellows. The entire AmeriCorps*VISTA team showed great enthusiasm and already they have been working over two months, fighting poverty by building capacity and sustainability within our communities.

Academic Service Learning courses are underway for the Fall 2010 semester. Our community partners: Music Mobile, Grand Street Community Arts, and Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless are working with Siena College Faculty members in the Computer Science Department and the School of Business. We are excited to be working with a diverse group of enthusiastic individuals dedicated to fighting poverty and making lasting positive changes in our community. Jennifer Simek AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader Coordinator of A.C.E. Public Relations

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Service (Change + Challenge) = Exciting VISTA Adventure
By Hilary Rainey, AmeriCorps*VISTA My life has drastically changed over the past month. I am living in a completely unfamiliar place, surrounded by all new people from different backgrounds, with a new job and new responsibilities making significantly less than what I made at my previous job. However, I am the type of person who thrives on change and challenge. I made the decision to do a year of service with the intent of doing something new and I actively decided to break out of my norm. I tend to view life’s obstacles and new paths as exciting adventures. My first week at Music Mobile was very overwhelming; it was difficult coming into an office that was winding down from its peak season as I was ready to get started. The best way to describe the feeling I got from my first days is: Chaos. However now, as I’ve become more adjusted personally and professionally I have accepted the chaos and learned how to work efficiently in this new environment. Working at Music Mobile is much different than working at Disney, where I was at the beginning of 2009. There if a single bobby pin was out of place there was a big to-do. While working in the music industry as a tour manager, I was always able to manage myself and other people with my own organizational structure. At Music Mobile I have to learn the way the office functions which may not be the way I would do things if I were on my own, but that does not mean it is the wrong way. This year will be a wonderful opportunity for me to learn even more about working with other types of office and management styles while adapting my professional behaviors to better fit with this new placement.

Transformative Change
By Francheska Soto-Gonzalez, AmeriCorps*VISTA The first month as a Siena VISTA Fellow has been challenging for I have begun to question the notion of real change. Change can happen in different levels and in different capacities. There is a change that is small and takes years to see, and then there’s change that’s immense and its affect is rapid. Yet how can the success of change be tabulated, calculated, rated? Who and what determines successful change? When asking myself these questions the only evolving conclusion I can come up with is Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you want to see in the “Real and world.” In other words, transformative real transformative change begins in our change is possible by challenging our everyday actions and behaviors that are perspective on influenced by our what we believe to personal perspectives be the norm.” and biases. It’s reprogramming and reeducating ourselves to see the world differently which will then consequently affect the impact we have on the world. In “The Pedagogy of the Oppressed” Paul Freire’s reoccurring point seemed to be that we cannot alleviate those in oppression by using the same models, systems, and structures that have programmed us to view them as inferior. Real and transformative change is possible by challenging our perspective on what we believe to be the norm. We have to reeducate ourselves to see the reality of the world and to then try and change the circumstances that have created that reality. This then leads me to think, have you challenged your personal perspective today?

VISTA Vision
By Ryan Rose, AmeriCorps*VISTA Starting my year as a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), I was highly enthusiastic. The time during pre-service orientation (PSO) was a great boost of excitement. I envision our group as a force for positive change. Fighting to end poverty is a key part to the success of humanity’s future. Something that stands out in my mind from PSO was a group discussion. We talked about what VISTAs thought the definition and causes of poverty are. Most defined poverty as a lack of needed resources to live at a comfortable level. The causes ranged from lack of education and capability to access resources to a natural outcome of the social organization we call civilization. This discussion took us to a point where VISTAs shared personal stories of their lives. Some grew up seeing themselves as poor; others were wealthy and over time descended the socioeconomic ranks of our culture, and some never really thought of themselves as poor until comparing the stories of other VISTAs to their own lives. Most everyone felt they were rich in love and friendship. During this little session I began to see poverty as something relative to where one stands on our culture’s pyramid and brought this to the attention of the group. As VISTAs, for a year we’re living at the bottom of the hierarchy, along with the majority of humanity. I wanted to see what others thought of my perspective on poverty. It seems to me that poverty is the inevitable outcome in society that views some lives as more valuable than others. I was met with some vacant stares. I felt like I was speaking something invisible, like gravity; it’s this universal force that, to be explained, takes the soaring genius of a man like Newton. My mind ventured back to a business class. Most organizations have a mission statement and some have a vision statement. Something I read about vision was that it is to culture what gravity is to matter. Watching a ball roll off a table, you see gravity work. When a culture spreads outward you see vision at work. For us to end poverty; we need to change our vision. The vision of a world without poverty is the first step to the fight against it. The world is as you dream it.

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Fulfillment through Service By Nezia Munezero
Nearly a month ago, I embarked on a journey that I knew would not be the same as anything else I have done in the past. I took a vow to “work myself out of a job.” In other words, I have to make sustainable efforts to connect my VISTA Site with the community it serves so that after me, my Site will not need me or another person to do my job. This is the case with all AmeriCorps*VISTA members. We sign up to spend a year serving in various non-profit organizations around the country. We are assigned to do work from grant writing to volunteer recruitment to general capacity building. When I applied to the program, I was not fully aware of what I was signing up for. I knew it would be a tough “My position gives me year, with financial special lenses to see difficulties and first hand the impact culture shock, but I knew it would all working with our work out. Was I organization has on right? Yes, indeed. volunteers.” My worries have been confirmed. I have financial difficulties, but what I did not fully realize before I started working was the support system that I am going to have throughout the year. This is how this year is going to happen successfully. My assignment is at Unity House of Troy, Inc. where people in the community can get all sorts of services, including food, clothing, counseling, legal representation, housing support and much more. Community members benefit from all of these services because Unity House employees are dedicated to “making life better.” And for the next year, my life will be included in this commitment. Since I came to Unity House, I can say with a doubt that my co-workers really strive to make life better not only for our consumers, but also for members of the community interested in volunteering their time working at Unity House. My position gives me special lenses to see first hand the impact working with our organization has on volunteers. During my first week here, I visited our Street Ministry location, where a volunteer was working at Unique Boutique, organizing the thrift store and helping out in other ways necessary. I was there during the week his volunteering would end, but he was not ready to say goodbye to what he saw as his own way of contributing to his community. He took pleasure in putting price tags on every item in the store. He stopped for a short conversation with one of our employees. He later asked me for my contact 4

information to be able to make arrangements for him to come back and continuing volunteering. He does not see an end date to his commitment here with us. This kind of fulfillment is difficult to obtain, but it is made easier at Unity House. Our employees share a strong dedication to improving lives and those who step into our doors to volunteer take the same back with them. Though I have only been here for a little while, I can already see that my experience here will strengthen my commitment to serve with no end date.

encouragement for an easier transition from incarceration into mainstream society. As the Coordinator of the program it is my responsibility to asses the needs of the incoming clients as well as assess the strengths and qualities of each Life Coach. Having this information allows me to properly pair each Mentee to a Mentor/Life Coach in hopes that this will help assist them reach their goals and guide them to have the greatest chance for success. The Mentors in our program are individuals who have gone through and completed an orientation training prior to becoming a Mentor/ Life Coach. They have been trained and well prepared to work with our clients and various situations either through formal training and/or previous life experiences. Allowing individuals who have been successful in overcoming obstacles become mentors is part of what makes our program so great and unique. If you are interested in these services or volunteering and becoming a Mentor/Life Coach please contact Tanya Henderson at

Father Young Mentoring Program By Tanya Henderson
Under the Peter Young Housing Industry Treatment I have developed the Father Young Mentoring Program. This program has a unique opportunity to work with individuals who have a desire to move forward in life and become self sufficient. This program was created to service individuals who were previously incarcerated and families who are at risk or disadvantage. We will provide sustainable support services for clients residing at the following facilities/programs: Albany County Transition House and Albany Parole Stabilization of 45 South Ferry Street, Albany NY; and Temporary Aid Families residing at Schuyler Inn located on 575 Broadway, Menands NY. Although we will be servicing those locations we are not limited to just those programs. It is our goal to work with anyone in our area who can benefit from our services. The mentoring program is designed strategically so that individuals will go “The mentoring step by step through our program is program and designed comfortably move towards an independent strategically so that individuals life style. The mentors will: help individuals will go step by learn how to be selfstep through our sufficient; provide program and individuals with a comfortably move trusted friend and guide towards an to support them; link participants with another independent life adult who will have an style.” understanding of what it is to have gone through difficult life situations and have grown to be successful; work as a liaison between our program and other community services our clients will need. We will correlate our services with other programs like literacy program, career development and a lot more; and provide

Habitat ReStore By Ricky Ryan
My first day on site, my site supervisor, Emily, took me around to see some of the houses that the Capital District Habitat for Humanity (CDHfH) has built in their 22 years of service to the Albany area. I was slightly taken aback when we started walking down the “That’s the first street and not to her car. I thing that I loved soon came to realize that about Habitat; most of the houses they serve their CDHfH has built are neighborhood, and right in the same community as our office come to find out, on North Pearl Street in the neighborhood Albany. That’s the first serves back.” thing that I loved about Habitat; they serve their neighborhood, and come to find out, the neighborhood serves back. Capital District for Humanity only consists of a handful of paid staff; the rest is done by volunteers from the community. That’s the same for their ReStore as well. What’s a ReStore you may ask, as I did myself, and I attended Siena for four years, only ten minutes down the road. The ReStore is a store that takes in donations of used housing supplies, building materials, and furniture and then sells them at a reduced price. The best part? All proceeds go to fund CDHfH. Check us out at (click on our ReStore tab). So think of us the next time you need to donate or buy something.

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Where Homeless Doesn’t Mean Hopeless
By Samantha Tymchyn ’09, AmeriCorps*VISTA In December of 2009, the Siena VISTA team visited Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) as a professional development training. After touring the facilities, we sat in the boardroom and had an extensive discussion about a variety of different development topics. Needless to say, it was love at first sight. I soon volunteered with IPH helping the organization plan their Taste of Albany fundraiser and found myself assuming more responsibility as time progressed. In deciding to do a “The drop-in center second year of service, is one of a kind in IPH had already felt the Albany like home, and my community and is choice to join the team felt natural. cherished by those Tucked away in downtown Albany, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless has been providing essential services to the community for the past 25 years and now manages three major programs. The 30 bed dormitory - style emergency shelter provides basic necessities, a daily lunch, case management, life skills training, housing assistance, all allowing guests to stay at the residence all day, unlike most shelters in the area. The Sheridan Hollow Drop-In center, located around the corner from the shelter, provides case management, meals, showers, laundry, phone, mailboxes, storage lockers and transportation to the Albany community. The drop-in center serves as a safe-haven for those who are chronically homeless

and those threatened by homelessness. The drop-in center is one of a kind in the Albany community and is cherished by those who benefit from the services it provides. The final major program of Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless is the housing program. This program helps adults and families that are homeless, or in threat of becoming homeless, seek guidance from a case manager in finding safe and affordable housing and support for up to a year to assist with issues related to housing retention. In addition, in November of 2009 IPH finished building two apartment buildings to assist adults and families who have been chronically homeless or disabled. These apartments are available for long term housing housing at a subsidized rate. Beyond providing services, the mission of Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless is to successfully help people get back on their feet. IPH is truly supporting the homeless population of Albany on a multifaceted level, but with a tough economy and budget cuts, some programs are threatened. As the new Marketing Coordinator of IPH, my next year will be dedicated to generating and implementing fresh development tactics to increase capacity and sustainability. I welcome the community to visit the shelter anytime for a tour and a chance to fall in love with Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless too! To get the latest on Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, join their Facebook Page at albanyhomeless. Did You Know? Since 2007, Academic Community Engagement initiatives have create more than one million dollars in new resources for service to the poor and marginalized?

Featured Community Partner - Habitat ReStore
By Emily Collins I am Emily Collins, manager of the Habitat ReStore in Albany. The ReStore is a home improvement resale store which accepts donations of new and gently used building materials and home improvement items. Items are then sold at bargain prices to raise money for Capital District Habitat for Humanity (CDHfH). As the ReStore raises money to support CDHfH, it makes home improvements possible for any income level and keeps tons of useable materials out of the landfill. I have always been interested in issues surrounding housing and homelessness. For years, I worked at a non-profit with individuals struggling with homelessness and alcoholism. I feel passionately that housing is a right and I am fortunate to have a job that combines so many of my interests. Since the Habitat ReStore is a major fundraiser for CDHfH, we are concentrating this year on making the store a household name. While our accomplishments have been the expansion of space, employees and hours open, the store’s greatest challenge has been getting the word out about this project with such limited resources. The quintessential Habitat moment is when someone is handed the keys to their new home and I am proud that our Habitat ReStore helps make that moment a reality. It is also incredible when first time homeowners on a tight budget find the perfect set of cabinets for an affordable price, or surprised look on a first-time visitor to the ReStore, seeing all the treasure it holds. I have always valued service since I think it is important to be engaged in the issues that our community’s and neighbors face. I participated in AmeriCorps NCCC program after graduating college and it remains one of the highlights of my life. I had the opportunity to work with various non-profits and made incredible friends during that time. Siena is helping us combat ReStore’s greatest challenge. Siena VISTA volunteer Melissa Moore and Ricky Ryan have focused on the ReStore and continue to be instrumental in helping the store grow. CDHfH and Siena’s partnership extends into our affordable housing program, with Siena College sponsoring our Habitat house at 486 N. Pearl St. in Albany. Volunteers are key to Habitat’s success, and Siena students have been very involved in this aspect. As Habitat continues to build homes for families in the Capital District, we hope that Siena will continue to join us. To get the latest updates about Habitat ReStore, search their page on Facebook or visit them on the web!

who benefit from the services it provides.”

Below: Inside Habitat ReStore

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Bonner Service Leaders
Taking their understanding of poverty to a new context, Freshman Bonners explore rural poverty in Maine and border issues in Canada on their first year service trip in August.
The Bonner Service Leaders Program is an academic community engagement scholarship program that provides access to education, and opportunity to serve, for Siena students. From freshman to senior year, Bonners get the opportunity to step beyond collegiate walls to understand real life social justice issues. Melanie Iannacone ’12 describes her experience on her first year service trip. For the first year service trip, Siena Bonner students traveled to Presque Isle, Maine. Presque Isle is a small town in Northern Maine that boarders Canada. It is surrounded by rich mountains and beautiful scenery. With a population of about 9,500, this small town is nothing like the city of Albany, NY in which Siena Bonners typically serve. Most of the town’s population is involved with farming the area’s most common crops, potatoes. We began the trip with information sessions about Aroostook County, which is larger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. Claudia Stevens, from United Way, said to us “What’s at the core of the problem... and let’s fix it.” This simple statement represents what us Bonners aim to do at our service sites. It is not just putting a band aid on the problem but also getting to the root of it and stopping the cycle. In our next meeting with ACAP we learned that the unemployment rate in Aroostook County is 13%, where as in Albany it is 6.3% Our journey then took us to Catholic Charities where we really began to get our hands dirty and dig into service. Dixie Shaw runs a thrift store with all locally donated items to provide 24 food pantries in the county with food. The Siena Bonners helped around the store and also unloaded over 15 trucks of furniture in two days! Dixie is so excited about what she is doing and her positive energy radiates to all of the volunteers at the agency. The way she empowers the people that come into her agency is incredible.

“It is not just putting a band aid on the problem but also getting to the root of it and stopping the cycle.”

Next we traveled to Canada to get a look into life on the Tobique reservation. There we met Dan, a Native American who lives on the reservation. We spent two days, learning about his past and the past of his people. He had such a quiet and simple approach to life and it caused a lot of us to rethink how we live our day to day lives. Dan could say so much by not saying anything at all. That’s something all of us will bring home with us. We may have left the small town of Presque Isle, Maine but the things we learned and felt will never leave the 11 of us that went on the trip. - Melanie Iannacone ’12

“This experience trip has stretched me beyond my comfort zone and taught me about how we are all connected despite our differences whether it be race, income, or location. I hope to bring this message back to Albany and share the message.” - Ananda Brinkmann

First Year Bonner Service Trip

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Our Mission
Academic skills and knowledge can be acquired and strengthened through application to real world challenges faced in the greater community. Placing Siena students in partnership with the poor and marginalized provides a context for the knowledge they learn at Siena and brings to life the Franciscan Tradition as the hallmark of a Siena education. Academic Service Learning (ASL) at Siena includes all forms of academic teaching and learning in which learning outcomes of an academic course or project are met in whole or in part through meaningful service to a community-based organization. The ASL Program assists Faculty through training, design assistance, managing community partner relations, identification of community partner needs, building ASL network of faculty across the region, and student and community partner training and development.

Academics and Service: A Reflection
Academic Service Learning is a pedagogical approach that seeks to meet the course learning objectives in and through application of academic skills and knowledge-base of the course to a real community need. Americorps*VISTA Leader, Jennifer Simek, highlights the Academic Service Learning projects she worked on in the 2009-2010 academic year. can be. The impact the classes had on GSCA lasted far beyond the semester. Leaving us with their knowledge and research, the students did more in a semester for GSCA than what could have been accomplished by the small staff in the same timeframe. consisted of 70 students who rotated art professors within the semester, learning about a variety of artistic methods and applications. In Professor Packard’s section, each student developed a kid friendly art lesson plan to be utilized by the Grand Street Kids Club summer program coordinators. Working with these professors and students helped make my AmeriCorps*VISTA year successful. This year, I am a AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader helping new AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows make those connections and I’m excited to see the impact their college partner classes make. - Jennifer Simek, AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader

Professor Thurston’s class, “Leading Sustainable In my 2009-2010 service year as an Organizational Change,” helped AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellow at Grand Street Community Arts Grand Street Community Arts look in-depth at six core needs (GSCA), I had the opportunity to within the organization, including work with Siena College School of database management, Business Professor Paul Thurston sustainable funding, and external and Sage College of Albany Visual communications as well as Arts Chair and Professor Sally strategic planning for three youth Packard. I witnessed through the art programs. coordination of these ASL Professor Packard’s class, a partnerships how successful an freshman art foundations course, academic service learning course Music Mobile & Siena College Computer Science Department Animating Music Mobile songs by Ruth Pelham

Fall 2010 Academic Service Learning Partners

Interfaith Partnership for the Grand Street Community Arts & Homeless & the School of Business the School of Business Organization and Management Leading Sustainable Organizational Change

Upcoming Community Events
Grand Opening of the New Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women
09/17/10, 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Siena College, New Residence Hall, Garden Level Room 06, free admission, contact Come tour the new location of the Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women. established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly.

BoardedUP Auction
9/25/10, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 68 Grand Street, Albany, NY 12202, (518) 463-2222, Six months worth of artist boards all up for auction! Live music (DJ Truemaster), dancing, refreshments. Over 70 local artists represented.

The Tour de Habitat gives riders a choice of pedaling a 100, 50, 25 or family-friendly 10 mile route to benefit Capital District Habitat for Humanity. All rides start and finish at the Albany Pump Station, with a post-ride Reception.

HATAS Home Sweet Home Gingerbread Home Fundraiser/Silent Auction
11/13/10, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. @ Crossgates Mall / 11/18/10 from 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. @ Dale Miller, contact Liz Hitt, Assistant Executive Director,, (518) 463-2124, ext. 229 Homeless and Travelers Aid Society Home Sweet Home Gingerbread Home is a two part event featuring decorated Gingerbread Homes on 11/13 and an evening dinner auction on 11/18.

Whitehall Rd., Albany, NY, FREE, contact Roberta Sandler for more info, Making practical homemade gifts to share with local organizations. No skills necessary.

Saints & Ghouls: Halloween Extravaganza 6
10/30/10, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sarazen Student Union, 515 Loudon Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211, $5 per child, group discounts available. contact sienahalloweenextravaganz An arts and crafts festival and fundraiser for kids and families in the Capital Region. All funds raised will go to Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany, NY.

Latino Youth Conference
10/16/10, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Siena College, 515 Loudonville Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211, free registration, contact: www.LatinoYouthConferenc The Latino Youth Leadership Conference is an exciting and inspirational day where Latino youth learn about leadership development, future educational opportunities and making good decisions.

Siena College Celebrates: International Day of Peace
09/21/10, all day, Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211, contact The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was

Tour de Habitat 2010
9/26/10, register online at, entry fee is $100 per individual or family, for more info contact CDHfH at (518) 462-2993

A Simple Day of Giving: A Community Service Day for Families
11/20/10, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., St. Sofia Church, 440

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Our Mission
The Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows Program provides help to build, sustain, and promote civic engagement by fostering reciprocal DEEP relationships between students, faculty, administration and our local community in need. Our program focuses on assisting faculty, students, and community partners to work with all walks of life. Our actions commit to our core values of St. Francis and allow our students, faculty and administration to seek direct actions towards academic excellence through their civic engagement and participation in programs that help to increase capacity in areas of our community that need it most through DEEP Partnerships.

Our Partners
Peter Young Housing, Industries, and Treatment Homeless and Travelers Aid Society FOCUS Churches Boys and Girls Club of Albany Unity House of Troy, Inc. Catholic Charities/Roarke Center Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants NAA/SNAP Grand Street Community Arts, Inc. Trinity Alliance Music Mobile YMCA Green Tech Charter High School Siena Office of Enrollment Management Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women Siena Research Institute Konenia Health Capital District Habitat for Humanity
Siena College Office of Academic Community Engagement 515 Loudon Road Loudonville, NY 12211 P: (518) 783-6886 |F: (518) 786-5080

Get Involved!
Interested in learning more about our programs and projects? Becoming an AmeriCorps*VISTA, Bonner Service Leader? Interested in Academic Service Learning? Contact us to learn more about how you can get involved!

Have a story about DEEP Service? Submit one!
We want to hear from you! Send your stories (350 words max.) to Jennifer Simek, Coordinator of A.C.E. Public Relations. Your story may be featured in our next DEEP Service Newsletter.

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