Fall Semester Wrap-Up: NYC

Congratulations, Pace students: the Fall 2013 semester is coming to an end! Whether this was your first semester, last semester, or somewhere in between, we hope it was your best one yet. Thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer at one of our events, planned their own service project, signed one of our Take Action petitions, or joined in on one of our Common Hour Conversations; you have all contributed in countless ways to your community, a feeling you can surely carry into this holiday season!

Check out photos from some of this semester’s events below, and click any of them to see more pictures from these and other projects. To join us next semester and stay updated, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up for our bi-weekly eDigest. Have a great winter break – we’ll see you next semester!

Cleanup at Spring Creek Park
August 23rd, 2013


On August 23rd, the RA’s from Pace University performed a day of service by cleaning up and beautifying Spring Creek Park. The park is located in the Northern Jamaica Bay, a location that was heavily affected by Superstorm Sandy. Check out our earlier blog post for more photos!

Volunteering with New York Common Pantry
September 18th & October 4th, 2013


Volunteers assisted NY Common Pantry’s hot meals program, preparing and serving dinner to individuals in need of prepared meals and sorting through options for New Yorkers participating in the Choice Pantry program. Check out our blog post from earlier this year on Hunger Action Month and the great work these students did to help end hunger in New York City!

Paint a School Day
October 19th, 2013


Volunteers joined the CCAR for our annual Pace event run in conjunction with New York Cares Day. Volunteers from the New York City and Pleasantville campuses helped refurbish a school in the Bronx and Brooklyn by painting murals, organizing classrooms, and cleaning a community garden to brighten up the learning environment – some volunteers even drew and painted their own artwork from a blank wall in one of the stairwells in the Bronx! (Third photo courtesy of Elizabeth Pooran)

Hamilton Madison House Halloween Party
October 23rd, 2013


Pace students helped create a Halloween-themed party for children from the Chinatown community serviced by Hamilton Madison House. Volunteers created a haunted house, put together trick-or-treat candy bags, led games, and helped local children create Halloween arts and crafts.

Henry Street Settlement
November 8th, 2013

Volunteers helped clean and beautify Henry Street Settlement to beautify the sites and provide opportunities to the families who use the space throughout the year for summer camps, an early childhood education center, social services, and more.


Building a Community Garden in the Bronx
November 15th, 2013

Pace students helped to build and clean a new community garden in the Bronx for international refugees. This event was co-sponsored with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. (Photo courtesy of Katherine Gonzalez)


Volunteering with Computers for Youth
November 23, 2013

Students helped families set up and teach low-income 6th grade students how to use the new computers they will be receiving from Computers for Youth. Volunteers assisted CFY’s Family Trainers, who deliver the instruction to CFY families during the Family Learning Workshops, to provide training for the systems that will help them with critical school subjects.

Kathy Kelly: Activist-in-Residence
December 2nd-4th,  2013

  Students on both the Pleasantville and New York City campuses had the opportunity to meet international peace activist Kathy Kelly through a variety of events, including lectures, discussions, and an activist skills workshop. Kathy Kelly has made many international trips to war zones – most recently, to Afghanistan – and works to share the stories of individuals living there to protest war and economic sanctions.