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Brockport gives back at Accessible Trick-or-Treat

by Amanda Berg - Staff Writer
Tue, Oct 31st 2017 11:00 pm
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Last week the Center for Disability Rights held its annual Accessible Trick-or-Treat event in Rochester. 

There was a huge turnout in both volunteers from local Rochester area colleges, as well as a large turnout with over 370 children and their families attending the program. 

According to Ryan Chalmers, manager of development for the center, the event had more than 370 kids come through the door.”

 Chalmers explained the event’s success was a result of the generous support of both sponsors and staff members.

“This kind of event was the reason why I wanted to start working with the Center for Disability Rights in the first place,” Chalmers said. “By bringing people together in an accessible and inclusive environment, this event was designed to make the community a better place to live.” 

The different means of contact information for the CDR can be accessed at cdrny.org or at 497 State St. in Rochester. 

Included in the volunteers was a large group of The College at Brockport students. The college has a large interest in community involvement. Nikole Van Wie, coordinator of service and community building at Brockport, stressed the importance of getting involved as a student. She also offered information on how to be more involved. 

“Community Development collaborates with local and national non-profit organizations and agencies to provide our students with opportunities to serve their community,” Van Wie said.

According to Van Wie, the goal of the department is to create volounteer opportunities for students in order for them to “gain the knowledge, skills and values necessary to engage fully in their communities.” 

These opportunities aren’t hard to find and sometimes take place on campus.

Since the beinning of fall semester, Brockport has promoted over 40 community service opportunities. Any and all students are welcome to sign up for these opportunities, and oftentimes the college provides transportation. 

Nikole can be contacted at serve@brockport.edu for more information, and opportunities to get involved can be viewed by students on Eagle Service Corps, a group in myBROCKPORT that promotes community service events. 

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