9 January 2019

President Moono Rises to the 10 Gallon Challenge

Photo of College President Steady Moono and other College leaders with Mike Saccocio, Executive Director of City Mission and gallons of milk, bread in Family Investment Center kitchen(l. to r.) Dr. DeShawn McGarrity, Executive Director of the SUNY College & Career Counseling Center at Schenectady; Paula Ohlhous, Chief of Staff; Mike Saccocio, Executive Director/CEO of City Mission; Patrick Ryan, Vice President of Administration; Dr. Steady Moono, College President; Ed McTernan, Jr., Executive Director of Human Resources; Dr. Peggy King, Emeritus, College Trustee and member of the Foundation Board of Directors; Sean Maguire, Vice President for Workforce Development and Community Education; Tahnya Brown, Director of Life Enrichment for City Mission; Ron MarzitelliChief Information Officer; and Stacy McIlduff, Executive Director of Development.

Dr. Steady Moono rose to the 10 Gallon Challenge when he and other College officials delivered gallons of milk, loaves of bread, and yogurt to the Family Life Center (Women and Children’s Shelter) of City Mission of Schenectady.

The #10GallonChallenge social media campaign was developed in August by Ty Higgins, a Wisconsin Farm Broadcaster, to help struggling dairy farmers and provide food for local families in need. Dr. Moono accepted the challenge from Union College President David R. Harris and nominated others to complete the challenge as well.

“When I was challenged by my colleague at Union College, President Harris, it was a no-brainer,” Dr. Moono said. “We’re helping farmers and families. Thank you to the City Mission for the privelege of participating and for helping famlies and children.”

Mike Saccocio, Executive Director/CEO of City Mission, said, “With the children who live at City Mission and those who come to our evening meal, it is important to offer milk as much as possible. This is not always easy…in fact, we actually ran out of milk this morning! So for City Mission this donation is a timely blessing for the children we serve...and the adults love it too!” 

City Mission’s Family Life Center is a 35-bed facility that provides emergency and long-term shelter to homeless women in children. Residents also receive food, clothing, life skills training, employment coaching, and support to help them on their journey to sustainability.  

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