Make a Difference

Pace made so much of a difference last fall that we couldn’t wait until October for the next one. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get volunteering at the 2nd Annual Pace Makes a Difference Day: Spring Edition!

Each semester, Pace students, faculty, and staff spend a day doing good around the community: clearing nature trails around Rockefeller State Park, working with the SPCA of Briarcliff, planting gardens and painting schools, facilitate games and other activities with members of the Loft, and more as part of the PLV Campus’ Pace Makes a Difference Day.

But why wait until the fall? Get your volunteer on as the Center for Community Action and Research, with support from SDCA, and the Dean of Students, hosts the 2nd Annual Pace Makes a Difference Day—Spring Edition on Saturday, April 13.

Volunteer locations include the Loft (LGBT community service center), the Sharing Shelf (a clothing distribution program), Hilltop Hanover Farms (crop farm and environmental education facility), and an on-campus electronic recycling event co-sponsored with NATURE.

To register, click here or contact the CCAR at or (914)773-3539 with any questions or concerns.

CCAR You Ready to Paint a School?

On October 15, the CCAR will participate in Paint a School Day, NYC’s largest hands-on volunteer day. Will you be there to paint the town and children’s lives a little bit brighter?

The Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) is looking for 80 ready and willing Pace students to volunteer for Paint a School Day on Saturday, October 13 in NYC. Volunteers will spend the day painting colorful murals, refreshing classrooms, planting flowers, and brightening up playgrounds at local public schools.

Advanced registration is required! Register as a group or individual here.

Students will meet in the lobby of One Pace Plaza and transportation and lunch will be provided. The hours are approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please wear clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty/getting paint on.

If you have any questions, contact the CCAR at or at (212) 346-1791.

Put Your Hands on New York

If you want to help make New York City even more pretty, join CCAR at the spring New York Cares Day on April 21.

The Center for Community Action and Research invites you to join them in planting, mulching, composting, painting, and more at Hands on New York Day 2012!

On Saturday, April 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., CCAR will be working together with New York Cares to improve our communal backyard. This year’s New York Cares Day will be focused on improving New York City’s waterfronts. By the end of the day, 80 parks, community gardens, and green spaces across the five boroughs will be spruced up and ready for the arrival of

Students, faculty, staff, and campus groups are invited to join the Pace team! New York Cares Day Spring is also a fundraiser for New York Cares so normally you would have to pay a $20 fee to volunteer. However, if you sign up to volunteer with CCAR, the $20 fee is waived! E-mail with your name, e-mail, and phone numbers.

New York Cares

Give the gift of warmth this holiday season by simply donating that coat you haven’t used in five years or pajamas to children who have never had a pair. More volunteer opportunities in NYC and Westchester are just a click away. >>Read More

Each holiday season, many of us are consumed with decorating and shopping and trying to find the perfect gift for people. This year, spread your holiday cheer to families in need!

13 Westchester Orgs that Need You!
Check out Westchester Magazine’s list of 13 Local Charitable Organizations That Need Help During the Holidays, including the Pajama Program, which delivers new bedclothes and books to children in shelters, group homes, orphanages, and other facilities around the county; The Bridge Fund, which helps families keep their homes by providing short-term loans; Green Chimneys, a pioneer in the field of animal-assisted therapy, which helps children with emotional, behavioral, social, and learning challenges through educational, therapeutic and outreach services; and more!

New York Cares’ Winter Wishes and Coat Drives
So far this year, New York Cares has fulfilled more than 34,000 Winter Wishes for children, teens, and families in need. If you still want to help, Good Shepherd Services and Episcopal Social Services are both in need of winter wishes! New York Cares also hosts their annual Coat Drive. Last year, 58,000 coats were donated to keep low-income men, women, and children warm during the winter. While this is an incredible number, 17,000 people were still left in the cold. This year, to help the 18.7 percent of NYC families living in poverty, New York Cares has upped their goal to 100,000 coats. You can donate your coats through December 31! So far, less than 7,000 coats have been donated, so help out today. You can also find more information on volunteering projects including preparing and serving holiday meals, sorting clothing and gift donations, wrapping, caroling and more here. For information about outside nonprofts that need help, visit their holiday referrals site.

Freezin’ for a Reason
Yes, it’s cold outside. And yes, people are going swimming. On January 1, the Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day Polar Dip will help raise money to send children with life-threatening illnesses to Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind retreat in Maine. You’ve just gotta take the plunge in Coney Island. Too scared to take a full plunge? Well, the Chicken Dip is for you. All you’ve got to do is get your feet wet. Literally.

Other volunteering opportunities
From serving hot meals to keeping New Yorkers healthy, Food Bank for NYC needs help in their Warehouse Repack Program, Community Kitchen and Food Pantry, CookShop Program, and more! Plus, check out City Harvest for food drives and other volunteering opportunities to help end hunger in NYC.

God’s Love We Deliver has prepared and delivered more than 12 million meals to families. How can they continue to do this without your help? Lend a hand today.

No one is ever turned away at Yorkville Common Pantry. That’s why volunteers like you are needed for everything from making sandwiches and meal programs to toy drives and Souper Bowl drives.

Make an appointment to save a life! Donate blood to the New York Blood Center. Enter your location anywhere in the state and they’ll find a blood drive or center close to you!

Give a second chance with Housing Works, an organization fighting to end AIDS and homelessness. You can tutor, become a food service volunteer, work in the Bookstore Cafe or thrift shops, etc.

And make sure to check out, 1-800-Volunteer, and Volunteer Match, where you can choose your hours, area of interest, location, etc., and then get matched up with an organization or assignment. It’s that easy.

Hope for the Holidays

On December 3, RHA will bring some holiday cheer to emotionally troubled kids at their annual Hope for the Holidays event on the PLV Campus.

It’s time to serve up some holiday cheer to the children of the Pleasantville Cottage School, a residential treatment center which cares for emotionally troubled kids, when they visit the PLV Campus on December 3 for the Residence Hall Association’s annual fall semester event, Hope for the Holidays.

The school children and Pace students will take part in a ton of holiday fun, with each residence hall on campus providing a table activity ranging from cookie decorating to holiday painting. Each visiting child will also receive a gift from RHA and lunch will be served for everyone who attends.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, e-mail RHA Secretary Hatchi Masuyama. This will meet service hour obligations that students may have and it’s sure to be a ton of fun!

Run Breast Cancer Out of Town

Last year, Pace had the largest university team at the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC: Race for the Cure. On September 18, make sure to join us again as we lace up our sneakers and run breast cancer right out of town.

“I run for your mother, your sister, your wife. I run for you and me, my friend. I run for life.” –Melissa Etheridge

On September 18, join the Pace Community as we run for life at the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC: Race for the Cure in Central Park.

This year, more than 1.6 million people (that’s right, 1.6 million) will help raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer at 140 events around the world, making it the largest series of 5k run/walk events in the world.

With more than 110 participants last year, the Pace team once again won for the largest university team. And we want to keep this streak going! Registration has been open since May, but the numbers are not what we want them to be. So what are you waiting for?

The deadline to register is August 31 and you can register online here or by going to and searching for the “pace university” team.

Participants will receive:
> A Commemorative t-shirt
> A goody bag
> Breakfast
> Transportation from the Westchester Campus to Central Park

Contact Ellen Mandel at or at (914) 261-9226.

If you need any additional incentive, new to this year’s race is a Pledge Prize Program, where participants who take the $250 Challenge will be eligible to win prizes including Komen Race for the Cure merchandise, MP3 players, kitchen appliances, camcorders, flat screen televisions, clothing, and more!

Out of town that weekend? Can’t make the race? You can still make a difference. Back by popular demand—Sleep for the Cure! Register for the race and then spend your Sunday morning sleeping in. Participants can also run or walk.

And this isn’t the only walk Pace students are walking! Just a few months ago, students, faculty, and staff on both campuses gathered in PLV to raise $43,980 for the American Cancer Society at Pace’s annual Relay for Life event.

Interested in more walks, runs, and races for good causes? Coming up soon: the 10th Annual Miles for Moms Run/Walk on July 17 in Central Park honors moms who have battled cancer. On August 7, 4,000 lucky people will use Yankee Stadium as their course at the Damon Runyon run/walk for cancer research, where participants can take their very own victory laps around the warning track. JRunners Relay of 2011 will raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease with a sensational 138-mile relay run from Brooklyn to the Catskills on August 17.  Register as a St. Jude Hero and raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the Great Urban Race, a wild urban adventure where teams solve clues and complete mental and physical challenges while discovering NYC in a fresh way, on August 20. Raise money to achieve a world of No More Homeless Pets at the Strut Your Mutt walk on September 25 in NYC.

Rather wait until the fall? Well, tis the season to be jogging! Bike for a world free of MS on September 25 at Bike MS Southern NYC (20 or 57 miles) in Westchester. In NYC? Bike MS NYC (30, 50, or 100 miles) will be held on October 2.

And Bingo Was His Game-O!

If B-I-N-G-O is your kind of game-o and you’re interested in winning an iPad, iPod, Flip Video cam, and more, you’re going to want to head to the Goldstein Gym as SAAC hosts Bingo Night to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation on March 29!

Pace’s student-athletes don’t just work hard on the field and court; they’re now giving hope and joy to children with life-threatening diseases and helping to make their wishes come true. And on March 29, you can help them just by playing a little bingo!

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is proud to present Bingo Night in the Goldstein Gym on the PLV Campus. The event will raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the country’s largest wish-granting organization, which makes one sick child’s wish in the U.S. come true every 40 minutes.

Students are able to purchase as many Bingo cards as they would like. Each card is $3.00 or 2 cards for $5.00. Prizes include an iPad, iPod, Flip cam, Pace gear, gift cards and more, so come out and support SAAC at this awesome event. If you need more convincing, check out this video of student-athletes telling you why you should get your bingo on!

The “Nobel Prize” for Community Service

The results are in! Six members of the Pace Community have been selected to receive Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals for their commitment to service–and one will even pack his bags for DC to compete for a Gold Medal Award!

Each year, the Jefferson Awards for Public Service looks for the “unsung heroes,” the selfless people who make the world a better place through volunteering and community service efforts.

The Center for Community Action and Research is happy to announce that six Pace individuals have been selected to receive Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals for 2010-2011. They are:  Michael Boyle (student), John Cronin (staff), Donald Doernberg (faculty), Naphtalie Librun (student), Yvonne Rafferty (faculty), and Hannah Tall (student). Additionally, John Cronin, the Pace Academy’s Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs, was selected to represent Pace at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies in Washington, DC, to compete for a Gold Medal Award.

Known as the “Nobel Prize for public service,” the Jefferson Awards recognize and honor ordinary people who do extraordinary things in their communities.

Acting on Poverty

This week, while many opted for fun in the sun, 15 Pace students are acting on poverty in NYC…and blogging about it!

You’ve heard about Pace’s Alternative Spring Break program, so we won’t go into details about it is. You can read all about that in a previous Pulse feature.

This week, 15 Pace students are making a difference on the streets of NYC. Check out the Dyson blog, updated several times daily, to learn all about their experience working with organizations including Sylvia’s Place, an emergency overnight shelter for LGBTQ youth, and Ready, Willing & Able, which offers homeless individuals a residential, work, and job skills training program to help them make positive lifelong changes and become self-sufficient.

Find out how their lives have been impacted by the work they’re doing and how they’ve become inspired by the people they met on this journey.

Hope for the Homeless

Forgo Cancun for a good cause as the Center for Community Action and Research presents their annual Alternative Spring Break. This year, we hit the streets to address homelessness in NYC.

Poverty is a global problem that impacts every community. In New York City more than 36,000 families are currently homeless, and even more are on the cusp of losing their home. Many go to bed hungry and many people who do have a home often have to decide between paying for food or paying the rent.

We realize that sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean waters are hard to beat, but they’ll be there this summer and every break after. This opportunity, on the other hand, needs you now. This spring break, work to make a difference on the streets of NYC.

Interested in taking action and helping people who are affected by poverty in NYC? Students will volunteer and meet with programs that feed the hungry, advocate for the homeless, work with LGBT youth in the shelter system, train those previously unemployable, and more. But it’s not all work and no play: There will also social activities including bowling and a final lunch provided by a catering business that trains and employs formerly unemployable individuals.

Alternative Spring Break is free and takes place March 14 through March 17, but you need to attend the mandatory info session on February 22 in NYC or PLV to be eligible for the trip.

For more information, email if you’re in NYC, or in you’re in PLV.

Tis the Season to Be Jolly…to Someone Else

New York Cares…a lot. But they can’t do it without you. This winter, spread some holiday cheer to someone less fortunate than you.

New York Cares has special holiday volunteering opportunities that include Winter Wishes for Children and Families and their annual Coat Drive.

With Food Bank of New York City, you can give back without even leaving your home. Learn more about their Virtual Food Drives.

No one is ever turned away at Yorkville Common Pantry. That’s why volunteers like you are needed for everything from making sandwiches and meal programs to toy drives and Souper Bowl drives.

Make an appointment to save a life! Donate blood to the New York Blood Center. Enter your location anyhere in the state and they’ll find a blood drive or center close to you!

Give a second chance with Housing Works, an organization fighting to end AIDS and homelessness. You can tutor, become a food service volunteer, work in the Bookstore Cafe or thrift shops, etc.

God’s Love We Deliver has prepared and delivered almost a million meals this year. How can they continue to do this without your help? Lend a hand today.

Don’t forget: Our very own Jumpstart at Pace is holding an orientation session on December 16 for special gift-wrapping events on December 17, 20, 21, and 23.

The White Plains Salvation Army is seeking the donation of holiday hams to be included in Christmas meal packages for needy families, along with other foods and toys.

The Rotary Club of Bedford-Armonk is collecting for critters, sponsoring a combination adoption and item collection drive to benefit the SPCA of Westchester. You can also be a volunteer dogwalker or trainer at the SPCA of Westchester.

Bring diapers or make cash donations for local babies in need. Diaper Drive donations will be accepted through December 31  by the Junior League of Bronxville.

And make sure to check out, 1-800-Volunteer, and Volunteer Match, where you can choose your hours, area of interest, location, etc., and then get matched up with an organization or assignment. It’s that easy.

Jump(start) for Joy!

Have a couple of hours to spare to make someone’s holiday a little brighter and warmer? Give a child a Jumpstart this season!

Love to give back? Well, ’tis the season to volunteer with Jumpstart for The Gift of Warmth, Reading, and Fun. Volunteers are needed on December 10 on the NYC Campus to help make no-sew fleece hats and scarves, create popsicle stick puppets, and stuff and assemble goody bags for more than 100 underprivileged children on the Lower East Side. Email for more info and to sign up!

Are you a master wrapper? Well, then join Jumpstart at Pace at  December 13 or December 16 volunteer orientations for special gift-wrapping events. On December 17, 20, 21, and 23 Jumpstart will partner up with the Borders at 100 Broadway to wrap customer’s gifts for free to spread some holiday cheer and the word about opportunities available at Jumpstart. 

Interested in learning more about the organization? Read our past article about how Jumpstart can make you jump, jump!

Food for Thought

Fast Food Nation? Not at Pace. This month Pace organizations are treating you to a number of sweet homemade treats, and all for a good cause. So show you care and chow down!

Food for ThoughtGet a couple bucks ready for some serious sweet eats as Maria’s Tower Honors Floor hosts a bake sale on October 8 in NYC. Then, think pink…cupcakes! Help the Women’s Association of Law Students (WALS) raise money for their breast cancer walk at a bake sale on October 11 in WP. Also in WP, Phi Alpha Delta raises money for Oktoberbreast for Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness at a bake sale on October 13.

Pay It Forward

Did you know you can be a teacher to children, mentor, and community leader all while helping pay for school? Pace’s Community and Volunteer Mobilization (CVM) AmeriCorps program, which places members in community and nonprofit organization is now accepting applications for 2011. It’s rewarding in more ways than one!

AmeriCorpsCVM AmeriCorps members are placed in local schools, programs, community-based and non-profit organizations where they serve the community by mentoring middle-school or high-school youth, supporting non-profit capacity-building initiatives, teaching computer or English language skills, or providing training and outreach on public health and safety initiatives. Positions are available at Pace University and in the surrounding community.

Students must be able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week for 12 full months — from January 2011 to December 2011.

Group interviews begin in October. To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit:

A Few Good Men… and Women

The truth, if you can handle it, is that a lot of people in our community can use a helping hand. If you’re ready to become part of the solution, join other Pace students, faculty, and staff as we go out into the community for Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 23 in PLV! For more information and to register visit: (The first 300 to sign up get free Ts!)

Start Doing Today

(Don’t) Keep on Waiting, Waiting on the World to Change

Don’t let the plastic bag monster eat the world. It’s time to show John Mayer that we don’t need to wait on the world to change. The Center for Community Action and Research is giving you the opportunity to stand up for a cause that you believe in.

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If, as John Mayer says “one day our generation is going to rule the population,” it’s time to stop waiting and start creating. That’s why the Center for Community Action and Research  (CCAR) is soon to announce the Cause Competition, a contest where students will submit either a one-minute video or poster advocating for a cause they’re passionate about. CCAR staff will choose the top five videos and poster, and students will vote on their favorite. There will be cash prizes and exposure, but more importantly, there will be an audience, so if you have an issue that’s close to your heart, now is the time to start thinking about it. We’ll keep you posted with details and, in the meantime, check out a video for a similar contest where a plastic bag monster eats the world.

If you haven’t already, sign up to receive CCAR volunteer opportunities via e-mail and give back with your friends!  Get involved in everything from helping homeless children make holiday gifts for family members to rubbing elbows with celebrities at the GLAAD Media Awards to giving rescued dogs a little break from the shelter. And who knows, one short shift may give you the inspiration you need to create the cause video and start changing the world.

“Make it a Better Pace…”

For one day this fall, we’ll put down our phones and pick up paintbrushes; we’ll put our homework aside to make beargrams for the sick children at Maria Fareri Hospital and write letters to our troops overseas. And in just one day, we will make a world of difference.

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For a single day this fall, the Pace community will unite to make an impact on the local community in PLV. Past activities include providing a safe and fun afternoon for children who are victims of abuse to helping put a little sunshine in the form of artwork in schools. There’s no telling what this year’s event holds, but we can tell you that together we’ll roll up our sleeves and get ready to make a difference at the 2nd Annual Pace Makes a Difference Day on October 23. Mark your calendars, folks.