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Alumni Club Service Events

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An important part of the National Orange Day tradition is to honor Syracuse University’s birthday by giving back. For SU’s alumni clubs, that means taking on projects that benefit their local communities, from volunteering at shelters and children’s centers to holding food drives.

Here are some of the other activites being held by alumni clubs across the country to commemorate SU’s big day.

Alumni Club of Albany (Capital District)

Veterans Miracle Center
10 Interstate Avenue, Albany, New York

Friday, March 24, 2017
5:30–7 p.m.

The SU Alumni Club of the Capital District will be volunteering at the Veterans Miracle Center, a local charity for veterans and active duty military personnel. The organization provides clothing, personal care and hygiene products, housewares, ambulatory equipment, toys for their children, and much more—as well as specialists available to assist with personal needs, jobs, housing, or financing. All goods and services are available free of charge to veterans and their immediate household.

If you are unable to attend, please consider donating any of the following items:

  • New clothing
  • Personal care and hygiene products
  • Non-toxic cleaning supplies
  • Household products
  • Furniture
  • Toys
  • Diapers

Donations will be accepted at our game-watching events throughout March.

Alumni Club of Arizona

Feed My Starving Children
Saturday, March 11, 2017
11:30 a.m.

In celebration of National Orange Day and Philanthropy Week at SU, the Alumni Club of Arizona is planning to gather food for children in need to be sent through Feed My Starving Children. The food collected will be sent to a country in need that has applied to the program.

Alumni Club of Greater Baltimore

Orange Goes Green
Date and Time TBD

B’more Orange Alumni Club will again be partnering with the Parks & People Foundation to clean and landscape a local park in Baltimore.

Check back for more details as they become available!

Alumni Club of Boston

The Greater Boston Food Bank
70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, April 1, 2017
1–3:30 p.m.

The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country.

All volunteers are trained in food safety at the beginning of the shift. Volunteers will inspect, sort, and pack donated grocery products that are later distributed to hunger relief agencies. Volunteers work together as a team on an assembly line and may be working alongside other groups. You might load boxes onto conveyor belts, inspect and/or sort products, or check and label boxes.

Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.

Get more details and register to volunteer

Alumni Club of Central New Jersey

Beach Sweeps
Pier Village, 23 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, New Jersey

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Clean debris on the New Jersey Shore Beach to celebrate National Orange Day and Philanthropy Week at SU!

Volunteers will meet at Pier Village for this service project. Afterwards, club members will be treated to a free lunch at the Turning Point in Pier Village. This event will happen rain or shine. For more information or to register, please contact Michael A. Hyduk at

Alumni Club of Chicago

Lake Michigan Beach Clean Up
Date and Time TBD

Check back for more information as it becomes available!

Alumni Club of Dallas-Fort Worth

SoupMobile in Honor of National Orange Day
Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 a.m.

The Syracuse University Alumni Club of Dallas-Fort Worth invites alumni to join them as they prepare food for the homeless in the Dallas area. All alumni and friends of SU are welcome (children 12 and under need to be accompanied by a parent) to volunteer at the SoupMobile, a non-profit charity that serves more than 200,000 meals every year to the homeless in the Dallas area.

You should wear an Orange SU T-shirt and pull back your hair or wear a hat. You’re also asked to bring one of the following items:

  • Sliced white/wheat sandwich bread
  • Sliced bologna
  • American cheese slices
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cookies

Alumni Club of New York City (Big Apple Orange)

Trivia Night to Benefit Big Apple Orange Scholarship Fund
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7 p.m.
Duke’s Original Roadhouse
560 Third Avenue, New York, New York

The club is holding trivia night at Duke’s in Murray Hill. Everyone’s minimum donation of $5 or more benefits the Big Apple Orange Scholarship Fund and helps support deserving Syracuse University students from the New York City area.

New York Cares Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Big Apple Orange is also participating in New York Cares Day. Alumni are donating their time and money to this effort, which supports 1,600 monthly volunteer projects at 1,300 non-profit organizations and schools.

Alumni Club of Northern New Jersey

Deirdre’s House
8 Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey

Saturday, March 25, 2017
9–11 a.m.

The club is holding a spring cleanup at Deirdre’s House, a child advocacy center. Volunteers will clean up the playrooms, backyard playground, and common areas.

Alumni Club of Philadelphia

Schuylkill River Trail Cleanup
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Conshohocken Brewing Co.
739 E Elm St, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

The club will help beautify and clean up a portion of the Schuylkill River Trail in Conshohocken. Conshohocken Brewing Company is hosting their third anniversary party with a trail cleanup. Donuts and coffee for volunteers. The clean up will last about 2.5 hours. After the clean up is complete the brewery will have food and drink available for purchase. Families are welcome!

RSVP to Adam McMonagle at

Alumni Club of Charlotte

Classroom Central
Friday, March 24, 2017

The Alumni Club of Charlotte is accepting donations in support of Classroom Central, a local non-profit organization that distributes free school supplies to area students living in poverty.

Alumni Club of Portland (Stumptown Orange)

National Orange Day at Oregon Food Bank
Saturday, April 8, 2017
1 p.m.

Volunteers will be assisting with packing up food for distribution to families in need.

Alumni Club of Rochester

The 3rd Annual Danielle Downey Golf Tournament
July 17–23, 2017

The Alumni Club of Rochester will be volunteering at the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic golf tournament. Check back for more details as they become available!

Roland Williams Champion Academy
July 10–21, 2017

The club will also be volunteering at the Roland Williams Champion Academy, an innovative platform to get everyday citizens involved in the fight to help economically-disadvantaged middle and high school students in Rochester excel as students and citizens. Check back for more details as they become available!

Alumni Club of Seattle

Cleanup at Paradise Valley
23210 Paradise Lake Road, Woodinville, Washington
Saturday, March 25, 2017
8 a.m.–Noon

Thye Syracuse Alumni Club of Seattle invites alumni to join them for their National Orange Day cleanup efforts at Paradise Valley Conservation Area. Meet with fellow alumni and members of the community as you clean up trails at this beautiful park.

RSVP via Facebook. Questions? Contact Jenn Dandrea ’05.

Alumni Club of Tampa Bay

Ronald McDonald House
702 8th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida

Friday, March 24, 2017
10 a.m.–1 p.m.

The Alumni Club of Tampa Bay will be volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. To RSVP, contact Sandy Heidt at 727.776.3411 or

The club is also collecting cleaning items for the Ronald McDonald House. To donate, please visit and check the list of needed items. Let Sandy know if you have items to donate.

Metropolitan Ministries Food Warehouse
4721 Transport Drive, Tampa, Florida

Friday, March 24, 2017
12:30–3:30 p.m.

The Alumni Club of Tampa Bay will also be volunteering at the Metropolitan Ministries Food Warehouse. To RSVP, please contact Susan Bruno at 727.542.1816 or

Alumni Club of Western New York

Area Child Support Centers
Friday, March 24, 2017
5:30 p.m.

The club will be volunteering with area child support centers and will be collecting donations for their spring and summer programs, including art supplies, school supplies, and monetary donations to support the development of area children.

In-kind donations can be made the day of the event or during tournament game watches, or pickup can be arranged. Monetary donations can be made via PayPal or in person.