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Projects planned for the Acts of Kindness Weekend, September 11-12, 2010, Syracuse, New York. Two action-packed days of community engagement with opportunities for everyone to be involved. …

Projects planned for the Acts of Kindness Weekend, September 11-12, 2010, Syracuse, New York. Two action-packed days of community engagement with opportunities for everyone to be involved.

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  • 1. Join us for A-OK! Acts of Kindness WeekendSEPTEMBER 11-12, 2010
    Opportunities for community engagementin the greater Syracuse, New York area
    A project ofWomen Transcending Boundaries / www.wtb.org
    Updated September 9
  • 2. Enthusiasm is growing!
    Nearly 100 organizations will be participating in our A-OK! Acts of Kindness Weekend on September 11-12, 2010. It’s going to be a spectacular weekend of volunteering and connecting across Central New York. The diverse groups include civic, health, faith, education, environmental, youth, entertainment, law enforcement, and advocacy organizations.
  • 3. Goals
    • Build community across the greater Syracuse area.
    • 4. Help individuals and organizations link up to make our neighborhoods healthier, safer, and more hospitable.
    Continue reading for a list of participating organizations.Then get involved:
    • To volunteer, email: aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    • 5. To discuss project planning, email aok@wtb.org.
    • 6. To donate, visit www.wtb.org.
    Join us on facebook: A-OK! Weekend Syracuse
    For a google map of project sites, click here.
  • 7. Activity Hubs
    Saturday and SundayNorth Side: Assisi Center, 800 North Salina StreetEastwood: Sunnycrest Park, Caleb & Hickok AvenuesDowntown: University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St.West Side: St. Lucy’s Church, 432 Gifford Street
    South Side: Mary Nelson’s Youth Center, 2849 South Salina Street
    Saturday only
    South Side: Hopps Memorial C.M.E. Church, 1110 South State Street
    Opening of Rahma Health Clinic, 3100 South Salina Street
    Note: Projects, times, and locations are subject to change; check www.wtb.org for updates.    
    Click through the slide show for an alphabetical list of project organizers,followed by a list of groups committing to acts of kindness.
  • 8. HUB: Assisi Center
    NORTH SIDE HUB: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 9 am-4 pm
    SATURDAY
    9 am: brief 9/11 memorial ceremony; volunteers sent to nearby projects
    9:30 am – 4:00 pm: giveaway of baby clothing and plants; bulb planting
    10:00 am – 11:00 am: reading to kids
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm: crafts for kids, blood pressure screening; HIV/AIDS screening, information tables
    11:00 am – 1:00 pm: fingerprinting
    11:30 am – 12:30 pm: kids making pet food
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: storytelling and drawing
    1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: line dancing
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: poetry for adults and children
    Needed: Volunteers, snacks, food
    Collecting donations: Warm clothing and blankets, non-perishable food, children’s books
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    NORTH SIDE: 800 North Salina Street
  • 9. HUB: Assisi Center
    NORTH SIDE HUB: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 9 am-4 pm
    SUNDAY
    9:30 am – 10:30 am: giveaway of baby clothing
    9:30 am – 2:00 pm: information tables
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm: blood pressure screening
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm: relaxation activity for adults;
    Bambi movie for kids
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: van tour of community gardens
    (maximum of 15 people; please sign up)
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Nia aerobic dancing
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: conversations with American veterans
    Needed: Volunteers, snacks, food
    Collecting donations: Warm clothing and blankets, non-perishable food, children’s books
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    NORTH SIDE: 800 North Salina Street
  • 10. HUB: Sunnycrest Park
    EASTWOOD HUB: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 9 am-4 pm
    SATURDAY: 9 am: brief 9/11 memorial ceremony
    9:30 am – 12:00 pm: puppet making for children, followed by a parade to the ice rink; balloons, and face painting
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm: information tables; blood pressure screening
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Nia aerobic dancing
    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: 9/11 memorial service at nearby Sheridan Park, Nichols & Burnett Avenue
    Needed: Volunteers, snacks, food
    Collecting donations: Warm clothing and blankets, non-perishable food, children’s books, prom gowns, bicycles, diapers, musical instruments
    Dispatching volunteers to do clean-ups at other city parks
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    EASTWOOD: Caleb & Hickok Avenue entrance
  • 11. HUB: Sunnycrest Park
    EASTWOOD HUB: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10 am-4 pm
    SUNDAY
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm: information tables; blood pressure screening
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm: music with kids and origami
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm: van tour of community gardens (maximum of 15 people; please sign up)
    12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: crafts for kids; makings cards for victims of Gulf oil spill
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: story telling
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: relaxation activity
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Zumba (Latin music/exercise/dance)
    Needed: Volunteers, snacks, food
    Collecting donations: Warm clothing and blankets, non-perishable food, children’s books, prom gowns, bicycles, diapers, musical instruments
    Dispatching volunteers to do clean-ups at other city parks
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    EASTWOOD: Caleb & Hickok Avenue entrance
  • 12. HUB: University U. Methodist Church
    DOWNTOWN HUB: Saturday, 9 am-4 pm; Sunday, 9 am-12 pm
    SATURDAY 9 am: Brief 9/11 memorial service
    10:00 am – 11:00 am: try out musical instruments
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Food Bank demonstration
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Information tables; blood pressure screening, HIV testing, free legal advice and credit reviews
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm: children’s craft activities; jazz on the front steps  
    SUNDAY, 9 -10 am: community breakfast
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm: blood pressure screening; crafts for kids; bake cookies to take to nearby first responders
    Needed: Volunteers, food, snacks
    Collecting donations: Warm clothing and blankets, non-perishable food, children’s books, prom gowns, bicycles, diapers, musical instruments
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    DOWNTOWN: 1085 East Genesee Street
  • 13. HUB: St. Lucy’s Food Pantry/Gym
    WEST SIDE HUB: Saturday, 9 am-4 pm; Sunday 10 am-3 pm
    SATURDAY 9 am: Brief 9/11 memorial ceremony
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm painting a mural in the food pantry
    10:00 am – 11:00 am dynamic exercises for mind and body (teens and adults)
    10:00 am – 11:30 am drumming
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm making friendship bracelets
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm crafts for kids, information tables; blood pressure screenings
    10:30 am – 11:00 am opera singing
    10:30 am – 12:30 pm story telling; writing cards to the military
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm van tour of community gardens (15 people maximum; please sign up in advance)
    11:00 am – 1:00 pm bike clinic
    11:00 am – 4:00 pm La Casita Cultural Center Project: ”The Big Draw: What is your story?” 
    Creating a collective community story with visual and oral histories
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm hip-hop dancers, Zumba (Latin music/dance/exercise)
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Raging Grannies singing group
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nia aerobic dancing, youth theater performance
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm relaxation program
    SUNDAY: 10 am – 3 pm Food pantry open; check-in for volunteers at nearby projects
    Needed: Volunteers, food, snacks
    Collecting donations: Warm clothing and blankets, non-perishable food, children’s books, prom gowns, bicycles, diapers, musical instruments
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.comWEST SIDE: 432 Gifford Street
  • 14. HUB: Mary Nelson’s Youth Center
    SOUTH SIDE HUB: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 9 am-4 pm
    SATURDAY: 9 am: Brief 9/11 memorial ceremony
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm: crafts for kids; make cards for victims of Gulf oil spill
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: poetry for adults and children
    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: practicing fundamentals of gold
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: music and origami for children
    SUNDAY
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm: open for people to check in while working at nearby sites
    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: practicing fundamentals of golf
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: relaxation activity
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: NIA aerobic dancing
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: storytelling and drawing
    Needed: volunteers, food, snacks
    Collecting donations: Warm clothing and blankets, non-perishable food, children’s books, prom gowns, bicycles, diapers, musical instruments
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    SOUTH SIDE: 2849 South Salina Street
  • 15. HUB: Hopps Memorial C.M.E. Church
    SOUTH SIDE HUB: SATURDAY, 9 am-4 pm
    9 am: brief 9/11 memorial ceremony
    9:00 am – 4:00 PM free yard sale, information tables
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm blood pressure screening; HIV AIDS screening; crafts for children
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm relaxation exercises
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm stories for children and drawing
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Nia aerobic dancing
    Collecting donations: Warm clothing and blankets, non-perishable food, children’s books, prom gowns, bicycles, diapers, musical instruments
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    SOUTH SIDE: 1110 South State Street
  • 16. ALS Upstate NY Chapter
    Walk to raise money for medical research
    Location: Syracuse Inner Harbor, near the Amphitheater
    Date and time: Saturday, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Response: Students from LeMoyne college will fill the volunteer needs for set up and clean up.
  • 17. Beaver Lake Nature Center
    Engage city youth to work at the annual Golden Harvest Festival
    Dates and times (4-hour shifts are fine):
    • Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
    • 18. Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Response: 10 volunteers from LeMoyne College
    Needed: 20 more volunteers and possibly transportation for volunteers
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    BALDWINSVILLE: East Mud Lake Road
  • 19. Brady Faith Center
    Landscaping around the center
    Needed: 4 volunteers
    Will provide: Supervision
    Date & time: Saturday, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    SOUTH SIDE: 404 South Avenue
  • 20. Butternut Community Policing Center
    Build a game room downstairs, installing supports, walls, doors, heating, electrical work, and carpet.
    Response: The necessary volunteers and materials to carry out the project will be provided by the Central New York Community Foundation and another organization.
    Note: This will double the center’s space and increase its capacity to reach local teens. The walls will be covered with murals, and the space dedicated to computers, craft activities, and birthday parties.
    NORTH SIDE: 907 Butternut Street
  • 21. Butternut Style
    Spruce up Butternut Street around the Butternut Policing Center: clean around trees and plant flowers, repair and repaint signs, paint porches, clean windows, build containers for garbage.
    Advance work: Volunteers will go door to door blocks to describe project, compile a list of needs, and ask businesses and neighbors to donate supplies and volunteer their time.Response: Central New York Community Foundationand Labors of Love will provide volunteers. 
    Needed: Additional volunteers and supplies
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    NORTH SIDE: Along Butternut Street
  • 22. Center for New Americans
    Help organize the new warehouse: polish silverware and clean other items for our silent auction; wash and sort dishes and other household items; do light construction tasks (spackling, plumbing, etc.); appraise antique items
    Date & times: Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
    Response: members of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool will volunteer; more volunteers needed.
    To volunteer email aokweekend@syracusenewtimes.com
    NORTH SIDE: 1914 Teal Avenue
  • 23. Eastern Farm Workers
    Help transport bags of clothing from a home on Euclid Avenue to St. John the Baptist Church; sort and arrange clothing.
    Date and Time: Saturday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pmResponse: LeMoyne College students will fill the volunteer needs.
    NORTH SIDE: 406 Court Street
  • 24. Hendricks Chapel at SU
    A celebratory event for the closure of A-OK! Weekend
    Date and time: Open Invitation Sunday, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
    Needed: Groups of various faiths and cultures to perform; food; volunteers to set up 4-5 pm and clean up from 7-8 pm
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
  • 25. Honey Tree Day Care
    Paint5classroom walls and hallway at the Greater East Syracuse Day Care at Eastwood Baptist Church.
    Response: LeMoyne College students will fill the volunteer needs.
    EASTWOOD: 3212 James Street
  • 26. Housing Visions
    Block party for the 600 block of Catherine Street, between East Laurel and Hickory Streets
    Date and time: Saturday, 8 am-5 pm
    Needed: volunteers to help set up, tables, chairs, musicians
    Will provide: volunteers from Catherine Street residents, food, games
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    NORTH SIDE: 600 Block of Catherine Street
  • 27. Huntington Family Centers
    Clean out a recently-bought building near the office.
    Needed: Adult volunteers, donations of snacks and food
    Will provide: Supervision and a dumpster
    Date & time: Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    WEST SIDE: 405 Gifford Street
  • 28. Imagining America
    Set up and clean up for Art-in-Motion Open Hand Theater large-scale street show to be held in Armory Square
    Needed: Volunteers
    Date and time: Saturday, 10-12 pm for set-up and 3-4:30 pm for clean-up (rain location: Plymouth Church, 232 E. Onondaga St.)
    Note: This project is based on the belief that art can connect and strengthen communities. In preparation, people in various parts of the city have been creating giant puppets and theatrical scenes reflecting their neighborhood identities.
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    WEST SIDE: Armory Square, 500 South Franklin Street
  • 29. Islamic Society of CNY
    Collect non-perishable food for food pantries; clean up the neighborhood; offer free ethnic meals for volunteers and needy people
    Date and time: Sunday, 11 am-3 pm
    Will provide: All supplies, food, and volunteers; can provide youth volunteers for other projects
    DOWNTOWN: 925 Comstock Avenue
  • 30. Jowonio School
    Construct a children’s labyrinth, tidy up the school’s outdoor spaces, including Trike Town, recruit volunteers for respite programsNeeded: Volunteer labor, food (lunches, snacks, drinks), work gloves, shovels, 10 cubic yards of topsoil, 5 cubic yards of mulch, 120 square feet of so, bulbs, truck to haul materials beforehand, one-day rental of Dingo-type equipment, 2 sturdy benches
    Dates and times: Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon – 5:00 pm
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    DOWNTOWN: 3049 East Genesee Street
  • 31. KJ’s Angels Memorial Fund
    Remove leaves and debris from the common area in Oakwood Cemetery where cremated bodies of infants are collectively buried, as well as around the donated baby bench which is located off the Colvin Street entrance, plant daffodil bulbs at both locations. Meet at the Islamic Society across the street to sign in and share a meal.
    Needed: 15 volunteers, 100 daffodil bulbs, trash bags, trash disposal. Bring tools for raking, planting bulbs, and cleaning out flower beds.
    Can provide: Volunteers from KJ’s Angels
    Date and time: Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
    Note: The annual fundraising walk for K.J.'s Angels is the following week.
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    DOWNTOWN: Oakwood Cemetery, Comstock Avenue
  • 32. Liverpool First United Methodist Church
    Serve a free lunch to first responders
    Date & time: Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm
    Make cards to honor first responders:
    Date & time: Sunday 8 am to 12 pm
    LIVERPOOL: 604 Oswego Street
  • 33. Newell Street Garden
    Build a fence along the front of the community garden.
    Needed: 5 skilled volunteers to dig holes, mix and pour concrete; 6 bags of quick-drying cement, exterior acrylic paint in rainbow colors for kids to paint the fence, level, saw, tape measure, sand paper, brushes and rollers
    Dates and times: Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am-2:00 pm.
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    SOUTH SIDE: 612 West Newell
  • 34. Northside Learning Center
    Paint a mural on an outside concrete wall and repair a fence.
    Needed: Volunteers
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    NORTH SIDE: 808 North McBride Street
  • 35. The Oaks at Menorah Park
    Residents will write letters to military personnel.
    Desired: a choral group to sing for residents on Sunday
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    18 Arbor Lane, Dewitt
  • 36. Person to Person Citizen Advocacy
    Join in a Game Day with residents at Loretto. Play games and visit with residents of Fahey and Cunningham Rehabilitation Centers and Residences.
    Needed: 40 volunteers bringing their own board games or using the games provided. Meet in the lobby of the Cunningham (the taller building).
    Date and time: Sunday, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    Note: Due to the variety of nutritional needs, do not bring food; snacks will be provided at 3:30 pm.
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    SOUTH SIDE: 700 East Brighton Avenue
  • 37. Rahma Clinic
    SATURDAY, 11 am-3 pm
    Grand opening of the Rahma Free Health Clinic
    11 am: Brief 9/11 memorial ceremony
    11:30 am-3 pm: blood pressure checks; health screening; children’s activities; henna painting for children
    12:30-1:30 pm: relaxation activity
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    SOUTH SIDE: 3100 South Salina Street
  • 38. Rapha Community
    A "Heart-Beat" drumming session at Forman Park. An open session of Drumming for old and young, practiced drummers or anyone who wants to join in the beat.
    Open invitation: let our drums and hearts beat as one on this day of service, sending away fear and despair, calling in kindness and joy.
    Date and time: Saturday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    DOWNTOWN: Forman Park, E. Genesee St. & Almond St.
  • 39. Sheridan Park Association
    A “We Remember” memorial service at Sheridan Park with a color guard, fire and police department participation, speaker, and opening and closing prayer.Open invitation: Attend, pray, and remember those we have lost.
    Date and time: Saturday, 5:30 pm
    EASTWOOD: Sheridan Park on Nichols Avenue off Burnett Avenue
  • 40. Stone Soup Children’s Garden
    Dig 14 post holes and erect a fence for the garden.
    Note: This is a collaboration of the West Side Initiative, St. Lucy’s Brady Faith Center, and Huntington Family Centers.
    Response: LeMoyne College students will fill the volunteer needs.
    WEST SIDE: 410-412 Gifford Street
  • 41. Syracuse Grows
    Project: Offer tours of community gardens to those who sign up
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    NORTH SIDE: 207 Isabella Street
    SOUTH SIDE: 612 W. Newell Ave., 341 Midland Avenue
    EAST: 127 Harvard Place (off Westcott Street)
    WEST SIDE: Lipe Art Park, West Fayette & Geddes St.
  • 42. Triangle Park
    Plant daffodils and mums in a flower garden at a park.
    Needed: Volunteers
    Will provide: Daffodil bulbs
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    NORTH SIDE: Intersection of Lodi & North Townsend St.
  • 43. Vet Farms of Baldwinsville
    Develop the vegetable garden which involves veterans in growing food that enhances the health and nutrition for people in need.
    Needed: Volunteers, materials, food, donations of farm equipment (especially a farm tractor)
    Can provide: Veterans willing to work, food, some materials
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    BALDWINSVILLE
  • 44. West Side Learning Center
    Paint 8 classrooms and hall
    Response: Alpha Phi Omega will provide 36 volunteers, paint and equipment.
    Note: This will improve the learning environment and renew the enthusiasm of both teachers and students. 
    WEST SIDE: 422 Gifford Street
  • 45. The Zen Center
    Help with preparations for the 200th Anniversary of the Forman House, built in 1810 by Joshua Forman, first mayor of the Village of Syracuse; clear the woods and brush around a large sculpture that is meant to be viewed from Onondaga Creek. 
    Note: This sculpture is a public art piece created by Cayuga-Seneca artist Tom Huff, a resident of the Onondaga Nation, commissioned by the Zen Center. It is envisioned as the first in a series called "Art Along the Creek." Funding for the Huff sculpture has been received from the Gifford Foundation, the Allyn Foundation, and the Alex Nason Foundation.
    Needed: 10 volunteers, use of trimmers, scythes, several gas-powered weed-eaters, gloves, other tools for clearing and beautifying the land. 
    Will provide: finger food and drinks; donations of paper cups will be appreciated.
    Date and time: Saturday, 9:00-11:30 am and 1:30-4:00 pm (people may volunteer for either or both time periods).
    Response: SUNY ESF volunteers will remove invasive species.
    To volunteer: email aokvolunteer@syracusenewtimes.com
    SOUTH SIDE: 266 West Seneca Turnpike
  • 46. Acts of Kindness Pledge
    100 Black Men of Syracuse (working with the Syracuse Parks Conservancy on beautification of city parks)
    Al Huda Mosque (youth sorting food donations at activity hubs on Sunday)Alliance of Communities for Transforming Syracuse (promoting a full-service grocery store on Syracuse’s South Side)
    Alpha Phi Omega (painting at the WestSide Learning Center)
    Alzheimer’s Association (recruiting volunteers for respite programs)
    The Art of Massage (offering chair massages for volunteers coming off a project)
    Baltimore Woods (encouraging city youth to be involved in caring for parks)
    Bikes for Peace, Syracuse Peace Council (offering a bike clinic at St. Lucy’s)
    Books Are Food for Thought (delivering new and genthly used books to children receiving free meals at the Southside Church of Christ)
    Catholic Charities of Onondaga County (recruiting volunteers for respite programs)
    Central New York Community Foundation (assisting in projects at the Butternut Community Police Center and Butternut Style)
    City of Syracuse
  • 47. Acts of Kindness Pledge
    City of Syracuse Fire Department
    Community General Hospital health professionals (offering blood pressure screenings at Hopps Memorial C.M.E. Church)
    Crouse Hospital health professionals (offering blood pressure screenings at Sunnycrest Park)
    Dunbar Association Center (collecting professional attire for Jobs Plus participants for interviewing for jobs; drop off weekdays at 1453 So. State Street)
    Dynamic Health and Fitness (offering dynamic, positive exercises for the mind and body at St. Lucy’s)
    Eastwood Neighborhood Association (providing lunch for volunteers working at Sunnycrest Park on Saturday)
    Eastwood Parents’ Association (providing children’s activities at Sunnycrest Park)
    Elmcrest Children’s Center (preparing and serving a dinner for police and fire department personnel in appreciation for their help)
    Exceptional Family Resources (recruiting volunteers for respite programs)
    Exploring Spirituality (telling stories to the young and young at heart at hub sites)
    Fair World Marketplace (offering a discount on purchase to donors of non-perishable foods for food pantries)
  • 48. Acts of Kindness Pledge
    First Tee of Syracuse (teaching the fundamentals of golf at hub sites, building character)
    Grace Episcopal Church [tentative location] (hosting a “Visions for Change” poverty simulation program)
    Home HeadQuarters (collecting care packages for incoming refugee families and delivering them to Interfaith Works)
    Imagine Syracuse (raising awareness of the need for organ donations through offering “hugs at the hubs”)
    Imagine Syracuse – Young Musicians (collecting donations of musical instruments at hub sites)
    Inner Beauty Parlor (inviting children to make friendship bracelets at Huntington Family Centers)
    Interfaith Works (setting up craft stations at hub sites for children to make cards for families along the Gulf Coast affected by the oil spill)
    Interreligious Food Consortium (providing bins to collect donations of non-perishable food for food pantries)
    Kings of Kings Lutheran Church, Liverpool (doing projects at the Center for New Americans)
  • 49. Acts of Kindness Pledge
    Labors of Love (volunteering for Butternut Style)
    La Casita Cultural Center (hosting “The Big Draw” at St. Lucy’s)
    La Vallees East Coast Karate and Kickboxing in Cicero (collecting items for the SPCA at their location on Business Avenue off Brewerton Road)
    Labors of Love (volunteering for Butternut Style)
    LeMoyne College students (volunteering at Beaver Lake Nature Center, The ALS Walk, Southside cleanups with 100 Black Men, Eastern Farm Workers, Honey Tree Daycare, Stone Soup Children's Garden, and bulb and tree planting at various sites)
    Mothers Against Gun Violence (cleaning up a creek on the south side)
    Nia (offering aerobic dance sessions at hub sites)
    Northside Collaboratory (supporting activities at the Assisi Center)
    Nottingham Senior Retirement Center (writing cards, reading to children at St. Lucy’s)
    OnCenter (collecting musical instruments for Imagine Syracuse young musicians project at the Convention Center, War Memorial and Civic Center)
    Onondaga County employees
  • 50. Acts of Kindness Pledge
    Onondaga County Executive’s Office (making sandwiches at the Samaritan Center)
    Operation Southern Comfort (volunteering for a project)
    Ophelia’s Place (offering a discount on coffee purchase to donors of non-perishable food)
    Raging Grannies (singing at St. Lucy’s)
    Red Hot Mamas (writing cards at St. Lucy’s)
    Say Yes to Education (providing pro bono lawyers at activity hubs)
    Slow Foods (volunteering for a project)
    South Side Interfaith Community Development Center (organizing a cotillion and fashion show for teens)
    Southern Sudan Initiatives (raising awareness of the need for schools in Sudan and a community center for the “Lost Boys” in Syracuse; singing)
    The Spa at 500 (offering chair massages for volunteers coming off a project)
    Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (offering an information table at the Assisi Center)
  • 51. Acts of Kindness Pledge
    St. Joseph’s Hospital health professionals (offering blood pressure screenings at the Assisi Center)
    Starfish International (providing Progressive Muscle Relaxation at activity hubs)
    SUNY ESF students (removing invasive species from the Zen Center grounds)
    Sunnycrest Park Association (offering volunteers to assist at the park; providing trees to be planted)
    Syracuse City Schools
    Syracuse International Film Festival (documenting activities)
    Syracuse Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Center (collecting food for food pantries)
    Syracuse Parks Conservancy (supporting beautification projects at various city parks)
    Syracuse University (connecting students from a variety of programs to volunteer activities)
    Temple Adath Yeshurun (Sunday school students, collecting baby items for the Mary Nelson Center; men’s club, painting the mikvah at Menorah Park; the senior group, visiting residents at Menorah Park; the youth group, collecting food for the Interreligious Food Consortium)
  • 52. Acts of Kindness Pledge
    Temple Concord (cleaning up at Thornden Park)
    Upstate University Hospital health professionals (offering blood pressure screenings at St. Lucy’s)
    Visions for Change (organizing a poverty simulation at Grace Episcopal Church)
    Wacheva Cultural Arts (offering Zumba exercises at St. Lucy’s and Sunnycrest Park; drumming at the celebration at Hendricks Chapel)
    Watson Greenhouse (giving away house plants at the Assisi Center)
    Wayne and Meltzer’s Bicycle (receiving donations of bicycles at their store on 2714 Erie Blvd. East for distributing at the bicycle clinic at St. Lucy’s)
    Xi Chapter, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc. (volunteering at Hopps Memorial C.M.E. Church)