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Social Science students help Resource Council of WNY

Article by: Michael Farrell

Under the direction of Assistant Professor Carl Stokes, SUNY Erie students within the College's Social Science Department organized and coordinated a book drive collecting over 800 books over their Spring 2017 semester for the Resource Council of Western New York and its community center, located at 347 East Ferry St. in Buffalo.

The books--collected in conjunction with the College's ongoing partnership with the Resource Council of WNY--will help line the shelves and aid in the promotion of education and literacy programming at the Council's community center. In addition, many students have lent a hand with mentoring at the center to enhance the locale's after-school activities; and efforts were aided by SUNY Erie's Service Learning Initiative, which provides students with hands-on experience throughout the community as part of their college education.

The Resource Council of Western New York provides early intervention and mentoring through their educational and athletic programming for youth, adults and veterans. Mr. Stokes has a personal heartfelt connection with the Resource Council and community center, as he has frequented the facility as a YMCA participant throughout his formative years, as well as his time as an education professional. He is excited to support the mission of the Resource Council, all while providing a meaningful experiential learning opportunity for students.

Interested in finding out more about the Resource Council of WNY? Find them on Facebook or online here.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.