Almost 200 students from the CIA's New York campus spread out across the community one recent Saturday for the college's first Community Outreach Day. The students, along with about two dozen CIA staff members, cleaned up 20 parks and neighborhoods in the City of Poughkeepsie, and planted daffodils and cleared walking trails in Hyde Park.
CIA students have a history of volunteering in soup kitchens and cooking for benefit events. It was intentional to not have this service day be food-related.
"Our students are used to helping others by cooking," says organizer Dr. James Manley, Jr., CIA associate dean for campus life and student development. "We want them to see there are other ways to help and that they can have a positive impact beyond cooking."
Poughkeepsie Mayor Robert Rolison visited various locations throughout the morning with words of encouragement and appreciation as the students helped beautify the city.
Students and staff at all three U.S. campuses of the CIA participated in the college's Community Outreach Day. In Texas, they planted a community garden for San Antonio, and in California, they hosted a Halloween party to support relief efforts in the wake of the Napa Valley wildfires.