Kenney Community Center offers volunteer opportunities to connect Union students with local partners in Schenectady, enabling them to serve the community while gaining awareness of local issues and building leadership skills.
What We Do
- Serve as a liaison between the Union College community and Schenectady schools/organizations
- Plan one-time activities and ongoing programs, allowing student volunteers to get involved at varying levels of commitment
- Host annual service events on and off campus
- Lead Community Experience Pre-Orientation for incoming First Year students, introducing them to Schenectady through community service
- Collaborate with Union student clubs and organizations involved in community outreach
John Calvin Toll Day of Service - Saturday, October 8th
Hundreds of volunteers will help with service projects in and around Schenectady.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to SIGN UP HERE!
-A variety of sites to choose from
-Morning and afternoon time slots
-Volunteer with your friends, team, club, fraternity, sorority, dorm, etc.
-Transportation is provided (some sites are within walking distance)
SIGN UP HERE by Friday, September 30th.
Community Experience Pre-Orientation
Community Outreach offers a community service themed Pre-Orientation Experience for incoming students. Learn more.
John Calvin Toll Day of Service
John Calvin Toll Day is Union’s annual day of service. Every fall hundreds of students volunteer at local sites. This is the single biggest day of volunteering at Union College.
MLK, Jr. Day Service Event
Community Outreach chooses a service project each year to benefit the local community and honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Random Acts of Kindness Week
During Random Acts of Kindness week student volunteers organize a wide variety of efforts to spread kindness on campus and in the surrounding community. Activities vary from year to year but often include writing thank you cards, posting positive messages around campus, delivering candy bars to City Mission, a free raffle for students, and much more!
Community Outreach hosts a free annual Community Carnival for local kids and families in Schenectady. Hundreds of community members come to campus to enjoy free games, crafts, food, and fun!
Discovery Academy is a program run by Schenectady ARC that takes place on Union College campus. Young adults who are differently abled come to Union to have a college life experience.
Students, clubs, and organizations volunteer in a variety of ways - socializing and sharing meals, conducting brief lessons or activities, inviting the group to participate in campus events, and more.
The Kenney Community Center partners with the Salvation Army in Schenectady to match Union ESL tutors with adult English language learners. Volunteers with varying levels of Spanish skills help to tutor on a weekly basis.
Feed Albany is a local organization that distributes food to people in need in Albany and Schenectady. Union students, faculty and staff help to hand out meals each week in Schenectady.
This STEM afterschool enrichment program takes place at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Schenectady. Volunteers offer mentoring and support to students in grades 3-5 twice a week.
Junior Science is a hands-on STEM program for students in elementary school. Student volunteers plan and teach a variety of experiments to help kids learn about science and technology.
Union students are paired with elementary students from Zoller School in Schenectady. Pen pals write weekly emails to one another, and in-person pen pal visits are planned once or twice a year.
Union STEP Tutoring
The Union Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) provides tutoring and mentoring to middle and high school students in the Schenectady City School District. In-person and online tutoring options are available.
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
The Kenney Community Center provides space for the Economics Department to run the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at Union College. Student VITA volunteers work directly with low-income families to assist in filing their tax returns.
For information about the VITA program, please contact (518) 388-6652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.