SUNY Ulster Hosts Comfort Kit Packing Event to Aid Victims of Violence on April 17

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SUNY Ulster Hosts Comfort Kit Packing Event to Aid Victims of Violence on April 17

"SUNY's Got Your Back" Brings Campus and Community Members Together to Create Comfort Kits

SUNY Ulster Hosts Comfort Kit Packing Event to Aid Victims of Violence on April 17

"SUNY's Got Your Back" Brings Campus and Community Members Together to Create Comfort Kits

 

April 2, 2019 – Stone Ridge, NY – On Wednesday, April 17, SUNY Ulster will host a “SUNY’s Got Your Back” event, a SUNY-wide initiative bringing students, faculty, staff, and community members together to pack comfort kits for victims and survivors of violence while learning methods of violence prevention and response. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Student Life Dining Hall, Vanderlyn Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

SUNY Ulster Campus Life, along with Ulster Athletics, the Human Services Club, the LGBTQ+ Association, and the D.R.E.A.M. Team, are collaborating to pack at least 250 comfort bags to aid violence victims. On the day of the event, project staff will deliver the items and bags to be put together by volunteers. Volunteers will pack items such as soap, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, notebooks, pens, stress balls, handwritten messages of support, and more in each bag. After the bags are packed, SUNY's Got Your Back staff will deliver comfort bags to service providers in the area.

 

Every day in New York, adults and children seek assistance from hospitals, rape crisis centers, and domestic violence shelters. Often they come in with little more than the clothes they are wearing. Starting on April 4, 2016, SUNY’s Got Your Back was proposed as a year-long project with the goal of 2,016 bags, but has far surpassed this goal with more than 25,000 bags assembled at SUNY’s Got Your Back events held at each of SUNY’s 64 campuses, and several PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions events. SUNY’s Got Your Back brings students, faculty, staff, and community members from across the state together to create comfort kits for these victims. Learn more about the project at https://www.suny.edu/gotyourback/.  

 

Meg Sheeley, Coordinator of Campus Life at SUNY Ulster, says, “We recognize the importance of not only educating people on the issues and warning signs of domestic violence but the importance of taking action to support those who need it. SUNY's Got Your Back has a direct community impact, and our students can feel proud for being a part of it.”

 

For more details on this event, call (845) 688-6042.

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