Lending a Hand

December 17, 2004

In the seasonal spirit of giving, SVA’s students, faculty and staff have found ways to help less fortunate New Yorkers during the holidays. The Visual Arts Library is running its annual Food for Fines program, in which students can pay off their library fines by donating canned goods at the Circulation Desk. Through Tuesday, December 21, students can receive a $1 credit for each canned donation; all of the food is being donated to City Harvest, a non-profit organization that helps feed New York’s hungry.

The College’s Office of Campus Life has also been lending a hand. Their SVA Helpers volunteer group undertook two major altruistic projects: The Holiday Angels project brought over 50 SVA students, faculty and staff to Abraham House, an organization that provides programs for underprivileged children, for a special holiday celebration. The Offices of Student Activities and Residence Life sponsored a clothing drive and canned food drive to benefit the Salvation Army and a local neighborhood food pantry, respectively. According to Associate Director of Student Activities Tina Crayton, who helped organize these projects, “The SVA community has been very generous, which is helping a lot of people.”

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