More than 600 SBU volunteers to lead the day of community service August 21 |

The cleanup of Route 25A is one of many projects that will be completed on Community Service Day, Saturday August 21.

Community Service Day will take place on Saturday August 21 and will feature over 600 Stony Brook University volunteers participating in a variety of service projects that are important to both the campus and the community.

Co-Chairs Joan Dickinson, Director of University Community Relations, and Jeff Barnett, Assistant Dean of Students, described the company as “the most ambitious one-day service program ever attempted by Stony Brook.”

Managed by SBU staff members, hundreds of students will help fuel projects that take place on campus, indoors and outdoors, as well as outdoor events off campus. First year students will be able to choose their service project on SB Engaged in early August.

The day begins at 11:00 am on the Staller Steps with all students checked in and receiving a free sandwich, courtesy of Jersey Mike’s, T-shirts, water and backpacks. After a few speakers, the students will be taken to their homework.

The day will end with a social ice cream in the parking lot of the Student Union where other activities will be underway for the opening week. WUSB-FM will have a tent and music for the kickoff and return, managed by Isobel Breheny-Schafer, Managing Director of WUSB.

The list of proposed projects includes:


Backpack Supplies Pack: Over 100 students will prepare 1,300 backpacks with various school supplies for K-12 children at 22 schools on Long Island. The project is organized with community partners Island Harvest and Supplies for Success, and is managed by Urszula Zalewski of the Career Center.

Notes of Hope: About 250 students will write notes of hope and inspiration for homebound Brookhaven residents. Each student will create three different messages: one of hope and two seasonal wishes for later use on Thanksgiving and during the holidays. The project is organized with community partners Meals on Wheels, the City of Brookhaven and the Long Island State Veterans Home, and is managed by Pam Pfeil of Veterans Affairs.

Story writing: Up to 10 students will create content about their studies and experiences here at Stony Brook for a monthly newsletter. The project is organized with Meals on Wheels and the City of Brookhaven and is managed by Cathrine Duffy of HealthierU.

Campus beautification: About 50 students will plant hellebores and astibles at the site of the 9/11 Memorial Arch, as well as heuchera and pansies on the walkway between SAC and Frey Hall. The project is managed by Nicole Chiuchiolo of Suburban Student Services in conjunction with facility staff.


Cleaning of route 25A: Up to 100 students will travel the route starting at LIRR station and ending at Mario’s in Setauket to pick up trash and debris. Several restaurants have agreed to offer students a toilet break if needed and coupons for future use. The project is coordinated with the Suffolk County Legislator’s Office, Kara Hahn, for garbage bag collection and is managed by Jeff Barnett.

Patriot Rock Cleanup: A small team of six to eight students will be on hand to remove branches, litter, and uproot invasive plant species, if any, at this local community treasure trove. The project is organized with the Three Village Community Land Trust and will be managed by a guidance officer or other designate.

Fun of the day in the field: Fifteen students will venture to Patchogue to help organize a field day for children with Down’s syndrome. The project takes place with community partner Gigi’s Playhouse and will be managed by a guidance manager or other designated person.

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