17 October 2019

Students and Faculty Volunteer Their Time to Crochet Blankets for Children

Group photo of Student Volunteer Organization members holding crocheted squares in classroom

Front row: Robyn King (crochet instructor), Carin Cummings, Jet Martino, TeAna Taylor, and Laura Clayton

Back Row: Owen Virgilio, Edward Walsh, Hasna Kaddo and Marsha Miller (crochet instructors), Michele Zebrowski, Amanda Knapik, Natasha Zadubara, Lindsay Feulner, and Renee Adamany.

Members of the Student Volunteer Organization with colorful blankets made from crocheted squares sewn together

Finished products: Kendra Kirchner, SVO Member; Renee Adamany; Robyn King, Michele Zebrowski, and TeAna Taylor with completed blankets sewn by Ms. King and Hasna Kaddo.

Every Wednesday, members of the Student Volunteer Organization (SVO) are industriously crocheting. 18 students, as well as faculty and staff, are creating colorful 8 inch by 8 inch squares that will be sewn together into blankets and sent to children at the border between Texas and Mexico.

Michele Zebrowski and TeAna Taylor are SVO members and Human Services majors. “For the majority of my adult life, I have regularly needed help, be it with the holidays for the children, the food pantry, etc.,” Michele said. “I am at a point in my life where I can now give back, and it feels great.”

TeAna added, “I love being part of SVO because it gives me a chance to help my community and build relationships with fellow students.”

The SVO focuses on community projects that are initiated by students. Previous projects have included serving a dinner at the City Mission of Schenectady, leading an arts and crafts project at Girls Incorporated of the Capital Region, and organizing a party for foster parents and children who are a part of Fostering Futures New York. Last year members of the SVO crocheted headbands for Girls Inc.

“I am so inspired watching the students, many who have just learned how to crochet, come week after week to participate in this project,” said SVO Advisor, Renee Adamany, Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts.

Anyone interested is invited to join the club on Wednesdays at noon in Elston 234 or bring your crocheted or knitted squares to Elston Hall, Room 202, by Thursday, October 31.


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