Service, leadership, community! Our First Year Service Floor program is for those looking to make a difference in the world and looking for others that share that goal! A housing option for first-year students in the Kearney Residence Hall, we have set aside rooms for Nazareth’s up-and-coming service leaders! This floor focuses on developing leadership skills through unique service activities and workshops. Learn from local and international community leaders who are making a difference! Community is key and the First Year Service Floor provides opportunities for you to meet new people through team building and service projects. Residential Life and the Center for Civic Engagement have partnered to create this living community with personal involvement from staff in both departments.
What will I be doing on the First Year Service Floor?
We partner with a variety of organizations in the Rochester community, all of which provide terrific opportunities for service. A few examples include:
- Foodlink, where you can learn about the connection between community development and food.
- Mary's Place and Saint's Place, where you are able to increase your awareness of refugee resettlement in the region.
- Building Minds in Sudan, where you can become familiar with issues surrounding education and poverty in Africa.
- Plus many more!
How do I join the First Year Service Floor?
Select the First Year Service Floor box on your Housing Application under Special Interest Housing. No formal application is needed! A member of the First Year Service Floor team will contact you to confirm your spot on the floor.
What are the requirement when living on the floor?
First Year Service Floor events integrate a leadership topic, service experience and reflection. Students are required to attend four of these events through the year.
What is the living space like?
Kearney Hall is located on the south east side of campus. It is a contemporary, corridor-style residence hall housing mostly first year men and women. Kearney has a total of 138 rooms housing around 254 students. A large first-floor lounge and study room, a community kitchen, and Kearney Dining Hall all combine to make living comfortable and convenient for students.
Who can I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact one of the following people:
1. The Kearney Hall Area Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. The Program Specialist for Community Service, Michael Marr, at (585) 389-2319 or email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!
What Service Projects does Naz offer?
Here at Naz there are many different service opportunities with which you can get involved. The Center for Civic Engagement has put the following list together to give you a taste for what opportunities have taken place in the past, as well as for some of the ongoing programs. (Note: These are in no specific order.)
1. Partners for Learning: Work study program where students serve as classroom assistants in Rochester City School District Schools
2. Partners for Serving: Work study program where students are placed in agencies in the city of Rochester
3. Homework Help: On campus tutoring program for Hillside Work Scholarship students from Rochester high schools.
4. Community Service Floor: Intentional community in basement of George where students commit to performing service together throughout the academic year
5. Undergraduate Association clubs and organizations
6. Teddy Bear Tree: Gifts bought by Naz community are given to the Society for the Protection and Care of Children
7. Thanksgiving Day Baskets: Distributed to local organizations just before Thanksgiving- help is needed sorting items and distributing (organized by the Center for Spirituality)
8. Diabetes Walk/Run (organized by the PT Department)
9. MS Walk
10. American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk (organized by Student Activities)
11. Daffodil Days: American Cancer Society benefit
12. Relay For Life: American Cancer Society benefit; Naz partners with St. John Fisher College
13. MLK Day of Service: Naz provides transportation to community agencies in need of assistance for a day to honor and celebrate Dr. King's legacy. (co-sponsored by many departments on campus)
14. And many more!! Visit the Department of Community Service website or contact the Director for the Department of Community Service, Adam Lewandowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
*Note: The Department of Community Service helps connect students with volunteer placements throughout the community; they can also assist students in finding summer service opportunities or year of service opportunities.*