York Alumni Volunteer at Local School

York College alumni recently teamed with New York Cares to volunteer their time to help in updating a school in Jamaica, Queens. York alumni have mostly supported their alma mater through annual donations of money and gifts. Mondell Sealy, director of Alumni Affairs at York College, recently thought of another way for Alumni to give in the community, and that was with their personal time.
York Alumni Volunteer at Local School

York’s busy alumni group painting the play- grounds at PS354

Because of that idea P.S.354 now has a fresh-ly painted map of the United States on their playground, thanks in part to the efforts of a group of York graduates. The idea came out of a survey to launch a Re-cent Alumni Network for alums who had grad-uated within the last 10 years. About 22 alumni expressed interest to do volunteer work, which brought about the idea of collaborating with New York Cares and their fall effort.

New York Cares is a non-profit organization that does community service in different neighborhoods. New York Cares Day Fall is the city’s biggest single day to volunteer to clean, paint and revital-ize 90 public schools around the city. Sealy looked at what they were doing and thought it would be a perfect opportunity for York alumni to serve in this capacity.

“We thought about a volunteer activity where we could involve the alumni and also support the community that York College is located in.” said Sealy. “New York Cares has programs throughout the year and we investigated getting involved with the fall effort to see if there was something that was available.”

That led her to stretch her reach even further to get more alumni to par-ticipate. “We were hopeful for this first time out of the box, we would have a strong alumni showing, but we didn’t.” said Sealy. “We had a small group; but a small dedicated group that showed up on Saturday, October 19 and gave a full day’s effort of really restoring the playground at P.S. 354.”

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