On November 3, 2011 the NYIT Community Service Center (CSC) in collaboration with First Year Experience (FYE) sponsored the first annual Volunteer Fair on the Old Westbury Campus. 12 non-profit community partners were in attendance and over 70 students came to find volunteer opportunities related to their majors and interests. Students studying graphic design were offered opportunities to help create web layouts and computer science students had opportunities to design and create databases for organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club. Students in the health care majors found information about organizations such as AHRC Nassau, American Cancer Society Nassau, American Red Cross Nassau, Mental Health Association of Nassau, and the Steven and Alexandria Cohen Children’s Medical Center. All of the organizations that attended the Volunteer Fair can be found at www.nyit.edu/careernet along with their available opportunities. As a result of the fair many of the non-profits were able to raise awareness for their cause as well as recruit interested and willing students. Walk4Good received 14 new dedications for their walk which will take place in June of 2012. With such a great outcome of interested students and partners the CSC and FYE are confident that this is an event that become a tradition on campus for years to come.
On November 8, 2011 the NYIT MA campus hosted a Non-Profit Networking Luncheon where 116 students came to meet 12 non-profit community partners. Manhattan's event was a fairly informal luncheon that allowed for students to meet with community partners and discuss how they may put their academic knowledge toward helping non-profits address public problems. The NYIT Community Service Center in MA partnered with The Chinese Student Association, Freedom by Design, Career Services, and Student Solutions to host this event! $85 was raised at the event for the Peru Alternative Spring Break Trip. The non-profits who came to share opportunities with NYIT students included Big Brothers and Big Sisters, City Meals on Wheels Education, Education Through Music, Elders Share the Arts, I Challenge Myself, International YMCA, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, South Bronx United, Celebrevents, New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, ENYA and AIA. By the end of the day students signed up to volunteer and intern with these organizations and at least 5 new internships were posted by attending non-profits in Career Net.