Residence Life Gives Back

The goal of the residence life program is to not only build community within our residence halls, but to also reach out to our surrounding communities and assist them in their charity efforts whenever possible. In residence life, community is of the upmost importance. Without the surrounding towns, Jamestown Community College would not be one of the most highly acclaimed community colleges in New York, and there would be no residence halls or fantastic learning opportunities. Therefore, residence life has made it a goal to try and give back to the community as much as possible.

Residents participating in the Light It Up Blue Carnival at Falconer High School for Autism Awareness, spring 2014

Residents participate in the Light It Up Blue Carnival at Falconer High School for Autism Awareness, spring 2014

Since the residence halls first opened in the fall of 2008, residence life has been given the opportunity to reach out and provide assistance to many organizations, both physically and monetarily. This year has been no exception. In the fall semester of 2013 alone, the residence life program donated upwards of $1400 to various organizations. We raised funds in the form of recycling cans and bottles to donate to the local ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and in various sporting events to support The American Cancer Society and The March for Babies. The halls were also able to donate over 35 toys this holiday season to Toys For Tots.

In addition to donating money, residence life has also donated their time to organizations such as The Gateway Center/St. Susan’s Center, The American Cancer Society, The March for Babies, and the Light It Up Blue Carnival at Falconer High School. For the past two years, we have had residence life teams participate in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk that takes place on JCC’s Jamestown Campus. For the first time, there will also be a residence life team for the March for Babies walk, which also takes place on the Jamestown Campus.

Our residents and staff enjoy the opportunities provided to them to give back to the community, and are always looking out for the next opportunity to help out those around us!

About the author

Tyler Silagyi

I decided to attend JCC in 2011 for three reasons. Firstly, it was close to home; secondly, I received the USA Scholarship, which gave me two years free tuition; thirdly, I didn't know what I wanted to do career-wise and I knew that JCC would be a great place to figure it out. So over the past two years I worked towards, and earned, my A.S. in liberal arts & sciences: humanities. I was also inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, and became a resident assistant in the Hillside Suites West. I will be continuing my education at JCC for a third year to earn a second associate's degree in business administration with the hopes of a career in human resources. I'm still an RA in the Hillside Suites, and I look forward to once again being able to bring new and memorable experiences to residents. It is my hope that residents will see me not only as a role model, but also as someone they can come to with questions.