Syracuse offers a wide variety of community service opportunities, both on and off campus.
Community service is more than just an alternative punishment to going to jail. It can be a worthwhile experience of volunteering and making the world a better place.
A variety of community service opportunities exist throughout the Syracuse community. From parks and recreation centers to homes for the elderly and soup kitchens. From working with the very old to the very young. From working every single day to just a few minutes a year.
In tough economic times, Vera House gets support from student interns.
Vera House, like many nonprofit organizations, is facing massive budget and funding cuts because of the economy. But there is one valuable resource that will not be cut - SU student interns.
"Having the students here is a really big help to the work that we're doing," said Randi Bregman, the Executive Director of Vera House. By her estimate, the organization has lost about 5 percent of its budget because of funding cuts and has had to implement a hiring freeze. Because of this, she said, having interns decreases the pressure on staff members who have had to take on more work.