FACE Community Partners


SUNY Fredonia Academic Community Engagement Center
c/o Curriculum & Academic Support
809-810 Maytum Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Phone: (716) 673-3717
Fax: (716) 673-3338

FACE Community Partners

The FACE Community Partners have identified potential projects for academic-community collaborations, which are compiled here. While the FACE Center will continue to build upon and update the possibilities for collaborative projects, we welcome faculty colleagues, students, and community partners to browse the current ideas and needs and to consider connecting with one another to develop opportunities for service-learning, community-based research, civic engagement, and other productive collaborations between campus and community.

Community partners may contact any of the FACE Center coordinators to update their project lists!

Thanks for sharing your ideas and for considering the limitless possibilities for academic-community collaboration!

Academy Heights Neighborhood Association
Access to the Arts
Alexander Findley Community Library
The Barker Historical Museum      
The Big Read (included 13 community partners in 2013)
BOCES LoGuidice Center
Boys and Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County
Brooks Memorial Hospital  
The Center for Regional Advancement (CRA)
Chautauqua County Rural Ministry
Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.
Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity   
Chautauqua Italian-American Organization (CIAO)
City of Dunkirk
Compeer Chautauqua
Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Chautauqua County
CROP PLUS (Concerned Residents of Portland, NY and People Like Us)
Dunkirk Historical Museum
Dunkirk/Sheridan Empire Zone
Every Woman Opportunity Center
Fenton History Center 
Fredonia Farmers’ Market
Gleaning Project
Gong Garden CSA Farm
Great Lake FX      
Greystone Nature Preserve
Jamestown Audubon Society, Inc.
League of Women Voters
Literacy Volunteers
Leap2 Success
The Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York, Inc (NSSWNY)
New York Adopt-a-Beach
North Shore Arts Alliance
Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation
Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Village of Fredonia, Festivals Fredonia, North Shore Arts
Washington PARC Neighborhood Revitalization Organization
WCA Home
West Valley Coalition on Nuclear Waste

 

Access to the Arts

Contact: Christopher H. Schaeffer

716-969-3137   chschaeffer@hotmail.com 

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, and other academic-community collaborations

  • Seeking qualified people to lead literary, musical, dance or fine arts workshops of their own design for a range of audiences, including pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults.

Alexander Findley Community Library

Contact: Kristen Gleason

716-769-6568    findleylibrary@stny.rr.com

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Develop a 3-5 year plan for increasing attendance of Tweens/Teens/YA and develop/design programs for these age groups. 
  • Develop surveys that cover what college-age citizens would like to see in community libraries.
  •  Create survey questions for ages 13-23 and 23-33. After the survey data is analyzed, offer focus group sessions to discuss and develop goals for the library. 
  • Design a model library for 2012. 

The Barker Historical Museum

716- 672-2114     barkermu@gmail.com

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Survey for long-range plan
  • Exhibit installation
  • Pathfinders or research guides
  • Inventory
  • Research
  • Oral histories
  • Genealogy/local history research
  • Tours of museum

The Big Read

Contact: Randy Gadikian, Director, Daniel A. Reed Library

716-673-3181     gadikian@fredonia.edu

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Communications / blogging/ face book presence: attend community events, take pictures, write up summaries of the activities and generally hype the Big Read.  This activity would start in January by creating the blogs, ect and getting out the word that these sites are available.  The project would go until the end of March.
  • Work with high schools to help teachers present the book to class.  Students would be expected to prepare and deliver lessons on a particular portion of the book. 
  • Create age appropriate activities that could be offered to young children at public libraries. 
  • A musical event such as a sing along or perhaps a violin performance of a period piece of music.  This could be a performance at one or multiple libraries. 

Brooks Memorial Hospital  

Contact: Desiree Coon, Director Marketing Community Relations

716-363-7230    dcoon@brookshospital.org

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Video productions to promote hospital services
  • Fundraising
  • Hospital tours

Note:

Because of intense and ongoing regulations & oversight from HYSDOH & other accrediting agencies, Brooks requires all students, interns, and volunteers to provide comprehensive health immunization records.  We must also thoroughly orient all students to hospital policies and HIPAA Confidentially regulations.  As this is a time consuming process, we hesitate to bring in students for short-term volunteering positions.

The Center for Regional Advancement (CRA)

Contact: Chuck Cornell

673-3808; cornell@fredonia.edu

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, and other academic-community collaborations:

Project Description
In addition to several regional governance and development studies conducted by the CRA over the past 13 years, many municipalities in rural WNY have commissioned similar studies spanning decades.  These studies are part of the permanent public record of the municipality.  The CRA plans to initiate a project to archive these many studies, making them available for researchers on the Center website.  In addition, the Center just acquired the personal “Lundine Commission” papers of Stan Lundine, who recently chaired a statewide commission on local government efficiency.  Lundine is a Chautauqua County native, and a former Congressman and NYS Lieutenant Governor.  The Commission papers will be part of the Center’s online library.  This project would serve as a great opportunity for an individual interested in digital archiving and/or local governance.

Description of Duties for Online Library Project Leader:  

Work with the CRA Director to develop a project plan

  • Perform outreach to municipal leaders to gain their interest/compliance
  • Collect and archive the studies. 
  • Other duties may be available to accommodate the interest of the student.

Chautauqua County Rural Ministry

Contact: Kathleen Peterson

716-366-1787

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Dedicated volunteers for the Ministry's various service departments
  • Gleaning Project (internships, newsletter creation, other projects)

Chautauqua Italian-American Organization (C.I.A.O.)
Contact: Nance Ortolano
Phone: 716-673-9177 Email: nortolano@stny.rr.com

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations:

  • Collection of data related to families of Italian origin still living in Fredonia and Dunkirk
  • Collection of stories related to Italian immigration to the area
  • Construction of the website for the organization
  • Building of family genealogies

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.

Contact:  Kathy Webster

661-9430; cell 680-5612

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Technical assistance with the basic service/education access
  • Student/interns in Early Childhood
  • After-school services - arts, sciences, music
  • Mentors to at-risk youth
  • Assist with our youth governance
  • Small business start-up
  • Community Development projects

Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity   

Contact:   Marilyn Kurzawa

12765 Beach Ave., Silver Creek, NY 14136  934-9543

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Construction volunteers at worksite (no experience needed)
  • Assistance with website
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • “Green” homes: Design and awareness development for building and rehabilitating
  • Grants: data collection and analysis, and writing
  • Community organizing: work with public officials in small cities to intervene in declining neighborhoods
  • Campaigns to raise awareness campus wide about Habitat’s mission and goals
  • Compiling a list of all greenhouses and arboretums in the county, and then soliciting them for plant materials that would contribute to soil, water and wind conditions at each site, thus adding to energy and water efficiency. 
  • Planning a rehabilitated house's layout prior to the beginning of work on it in the spring of 2010. 

Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association

Contact:    Andrew Dufresne

716-386-4833   andy4833@windstream.net

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Research economic development in the grape belt region.
  • Grape Discovery Center for the region: developing displays.
  • Communication – collecting and telling our stories – oral history (video)
  • We can help students/faculty experience and understand farming, food system, rural communities, agriculture.

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Chautauqua County

Contact:  Joe Pillitere   

716-664-9502 x201   JTP67@cornell.edu

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • 4-H Youth Development – program assistant
  • Watershed Outreach & Education – program assistant
  • Recycling & Energy Education Outreach – program assistant
  • Agriculture Program – program assistant

CROP PLUS (Concerned Residents of Portland, NY and People Like Us)

No Opportunities Currently Available

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Testing of samples of water, sediment and/or coal bottom ash
  • Assistance with “legal hooks” to encourage the enforcement of existing DEC regulations

Dunkirk/Sheridan Empire Zone

Contact:

716-951-0001 – Dunkirk.Sheridan@DSEZ.com

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Zone business outreach and tours
  • Zone administration
  • State programs administration
  • Board partnerships
  • Tour of Economic Development Center

Every Woman Opportunity Center

Contact:    Melissa Coniglio-Fote

716-366-7020    email@everywoman.org

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Creation of some marketing/advertising materials for our entire agency
  • DVD’s and website designs
  • Students to conduct workshops in our computer lab for beginning computer users
  • Students who are bilingual to help teach ESL Skills to some of our participants  
  • Nonprofit Management & Administration, Psychology or Social Work internships working w/counselors to assist w/ career counseling services, teaching skills/education
  • Fundraising needs as well as assistance in planning & carry out of low cost events for our area

Fenton History Center 
Contact:  Joni Blackman, Director
716-664-6256    director@fentonhistorycenter.org

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Social media plan with an explanation of the value of each element: Facebook, blogs, twitter, etc.
  • Education intern or a Museum Studies intern interested in museum education field
  • Exhibit/Interpretation assistance – particularly in March and November when the final plans are being made for design and installation.
  • Specific research projects as needed by Research Center staff.  Finding aides for certain projects
  • Collection management plan including periodic conservation assessments and sustainability plan
  • Photograph collection research projects
  • Collections management/processing/imaging
  • Latino population history for Jamestown and Dunkirk/Fredonia areas 

Fredonia Farmers’ Market

Contact:   Mindy McQuinn      

pjmcguinn@netsync.net

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Possible collaboration with another community organization on an event. 
  • Set-up/take-down volunteers on Saturdays from 8-9 and 1-2.
  • Promoting events
  • Seeking out new vendors and entertainment
  • Writing articles/press releases
  • Helping with paperwork
  • Learning about the general management of the market. 
  • Tour of the farmers’ market

Gong Garden CSA Farm

Contact:   Pete Calanni

679-9853     gonggarden@yahoo.com

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Hands-on internships in all aspects of growing vegetables
  • Partnerships with SUNY Fredonia greenhouse and Biology Department 
  • Marketing
  • Short term & Long term internships, hands on seeding, transplanting, growing, maintaining gardens
  • Expansion of CSA to include other farmers, winter shares, meat shares, dairy shares.

Great Lake FX         

Contact:   Lin Liedke, Chuck Ruffino

680-0287

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Website building strategies
  • Education/Assistance with ecological conservation projects
  • Grant writing
  • Transportation (at times) 
  • Biology – field experiences
  • Web design

Jamestown Audubon Society, Inc.

Contact:  Ruth Lundin or Jennifer Schlick (Education Director)   

rlundin@jamestownaudibon.org   716-569-2345

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Outdoors:  trail development, maintenance, land management
  • Membership research, market study
  • Nurturing native plants
  • Exhibit design and fabrication
  • Marketing
  • Educational interns – summer day camp, fall & spring discovery walks with middle school. 
  • Winter programs in middle schools
  • Administrative interns – especially helping with social marketing
  • Research interns
  • Administrative projects: Data base interpretations, marketing research, social media
  • Research, biological studies such as deer impact, wildflower studies 

Leap 2 Success Program
Contact: Jellema Stewart
Jellema.Stewart@fredonia.edu

Potential projects for service-learning and field trips

  • Pre-collegiate outreach program for underserved Latino/Hispanic students in Dunkirk School District
  • Need up to ten faculty for spring 2011 to introduce Leap students to possibilities in their discipline through interaction with college course and students.
  • Organize for students to visit college course and for college students to visit Leap students' school to promote awareness of college possibilities and an understanding of the surrounding community needs.

League of Women Voters

Contact: Minda Rae Amiran

amiran@fredonia.edu

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • "Take Me To Vote” project
  • Newsletter
  • Identifying crucial issues for candidates to address
  • Registration drives

The Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York, Inc (NSSWNY)

Contact: Dr. Jonathan Titus, board member

Jonathan.Titus@fredonia.edu

Potential projects for Service-learning, internships, field trips or other academic-community collaborations

Ongoing needs for help in the following stewardship activities associated with the NSSWNY nature preserves:

  • eradicate non-native and invasive species
  • trash clean-up
  • trail maintenance and restoration
  • posting of properties
  • biological inventorying and documentation
  • publicity, organizational, and administrative projects associated with these preservation efforts

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation

Contact:   Diane Hannum         

366-4892 dhannum@nccfoundation.org

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Technology
  • Writing
  • Graphic Design
  • Mission Fish/Ebay
  • Commercial for web and cable television

Roger Tory Peterson Institute

Contact:  Jim Berry                  

jberry@rtpi.org   716-665-2473 x225

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Cataloging of 200,000 items in our collections. 
  • Collecting data pertaining to staff field Biology Project. 
  • Our Areas are: 1.  Natural Education; 2.  Museum; 3.  Art Exhibits; Travel & Tourism destination site

Village of Fredonia, Festivals Fredonia
Contact: Barbara Sam

timepieces@netsync.net

Potential projects for Service-Learning, internships, field trips, or other academic-community collaborations

  • Record Management -- Data Storage
  • Public Administration
  • Tourism/Economic Development
  • Technology & Environmental Issues
  • “Guerrilla” Marketing for Non-Profits
  • Developing Branding for Villages/Economic Dev.
  • Youth Art Projects resulting in permanent enhancements in village

Washington PARC Neighborhood Revitalization Organization
Contact: Chuck Cornell, Director CRA
673-3808, cornell@fredonia.edu

Washington PARC – Project Description
Washington PARC (Park Action/Restoration Committee) is a grassroots neighborhood organization with the goal of revitalizing their neighborhood that surrounds Washington Park in the City of Dunkirk.  The group has identified three main points of concern -- housing, events, and park infrastructure.    Some specific issues of concern include: vacant or dilapidated housing, run down rental properties, need for increased park lighting, the condition of the park playground, crime, and landscaping.   Regular meetings are held monthly at the First United Methodist Church located along the park.  The group was organized by SUNY Fredonia’s Center for Regional Advancement (CRA) as part of its COPC grant through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD).  SUNY Fredonia’s CRA continues to work with the organization and City of Dunkirk officials.  The Center is currently working with Washington PARC to develop the capacity to conduct both a neighborhood inventory, and a neighborhood strategic plan.

Potential project for service-learning or internship:

Seeking someone to serve as Secretary of the organization (take meeting minutes, draft correspondence, write press releases, send e-mail reminders, etc.), to help them gain greater visibility by communicating their mission and activities to the public, and to expand the participation of other neighborhood residents.  There will also be opportunities to assist the group with event planning and organizing.  The group is working in partnership with the City of Dunkirk and has the Mayor, Police Chief, Development Director, and a City Council member as regular attendees of their meetings.  This project provides a tremendous opportunity for a student to participate, and develop leadership skills, in community organizing, neighborhood revitalization, communications, governmental relations, and University engagement.  Other duties may be available to accommodate the interest of the student.


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