Pioneers “Pitch-In” to Assist Local Non-Profits
New Utica University Students Begin Volunteering
The second annual Pioneer Pitch-In took place August 25, when first-year and transfer students were provided with the opportunity to aid and support local nonprofit organizations. The newest Utica University students were be introduced to diverse experiences and individuals, assisting more than two dozen non-profits.
On Wednesday, students, faculty members and mentors formed groups and participated in icebreaker activities. And on Thursday, those same groups headed out into the community, making beds, putting on a carnival for special needs children, gardening, painting, landscaping and more. Post volunteering, students will reflect with their groups on their experience and what they learned.
Kirstin Walker, associate professor and chair of Therapeutic Recreation at Utica University, said, “Even if the service is not related to a student's major, it is still important to learn that giving what is needed to the community is a priority as a member of society and as a member of Utica University.”
The sites include ICAN, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, The Kelberman Center, Utica Zoo, Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter, CABVI, Catholic Charities Oneida/Madison County, CNY Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County, Little Falls Public Library, Masonic Care Community Child Care Center, Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, MV Challengers, Notre Dame Elementary, Olmstead City of Greater Utica, Oneida County History Center, Parkway Center, PeopleFirst, Rescue Mission of Utica, Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL), Rome Art & Community Center, Rome Rescue Mission, Sculpture Space Inc., The Center, and The Root Farm.
If your organization is interested in hosting a group of Utica University students and faculty members, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
-by Joshua Ward '24, PR Intern
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