SUNY Canton volunteers help distribute comfort kits for sexual assault survivors
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 8:53 am

SUNY Canton volunteers helped package donations into backpacks and deliver them to Renewal House in Canton as part of ‘SUNY’s Got Your Back.’ From left are director of Greek life Amanda L. Deckert, Christopher E. Simms, Jobany Calderone, Title IX coordinator Amanda D. Rowley, Ryan DeRosa, Tajahre N. Gray and wellness coordinator Farren C. Lobdell.

CANTON -- SUNY Canton joined a State University of New York-wide effort to assemble and distribute comfort kits for survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence.

Amanda D. Rowley, Title IX coordinator, Farren C. Lobdell, health educator and wellness coordinator, and Amanda L. Deckert, director of Greek life, recently helped students assemble 25 backpacks for children who are using St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House services in Canton. Each bag contained coloring books, toys, toiletries, stuffed animals and snacks.

“We reached out to the campus community for donations, and we received much more than what we needed to fill the bags,” Rowley said. “We gave the remainder of the toys and any cash we received to Renewal House to supplement the backpacks.”

The college has a relationship with Renewal House, and holds fundraisers on campus, including Denim Day, a day in April when faculty and staff contribute donations for the privilege of wearing jeans to work.