For more information or to get involved in any of our programs, email or call 315.443.1254.

Connect for a Cause

Connect for a Cause will focus on creating hats and soap sacks for community organizations and students using fiber art such as, crocheting and knitting. All are welcome to come, create and hold meaningful conversations.

Program Dates and Location:

Every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., Noble Room, located on the lower level of Hendricks Chapel 

Empathy Matters

Empathy Matters focuses on fostering empathy and leadership among second grade students. Each student is paired with a college mentor for the semester, and throughout the program, team-building exercises and individual projects create a lasting bond. The program focuses on activities that build kindness, confidence, leadership, self-awareness and the awareness of others. Activities include role-playing, puppy therapy, art projects, and learning how to create comfortable environments of inclusion.

Program Dates and Location:

Every Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., H.W. Smith K-8 School, 1130 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse

Hendricks Chapel Quilters

Hendricks Chapel Quilters (HCQ) is a group of students, staff and faculty, as well as community members, who create baby and child-size quilts which are then donated to local community organizations that provide services to children and families. The group welcomes all people regardless of sewing experience or skill.

Most recently quilts have been donated to:

  •           The American Red Cross Disaster Recovery Program
  •           Crouse-Irving Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  •           Onondaga County Child Services Program
  •           The Refuge Center
  •           APS Sudanese Refuge Child Care Program

Program Dates and Location:

Every Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

Meals on Wheels and the Rescue Mission

Working with Meals on Wheels and the Rescue Mission, students help prepare food, work with clients, sort clothing, assist with large mailings, and truly learn how an organization operates.

Program Dates and Location:

Every Friday morning, alternating between Meals on Wheels (300 Burt St, Syracuse) and the Rescue Mission (155 Gifford St, Syracuse).


smART is an after-school initiative for youth which seeks to create opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning and explore their talents beyond the drawing and painting components of traditional school arts curricula. In addition, it also serves to bridge the gap between the college campus and the community by fostering understanding and communication between the two groups. The program aims to dissuade children from making bad choices while nurturing their positive energy, inherent kindness and creative spirit, because as our name implies, we believe every kid is smart. Projects range from designing sneakers to arm knitting scarves. No special skills or talents are necessary, just an interest in being a role model for local youth!

Program Dates and Locations:

Every Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Schiller Park, Syracuse

Young Scholars

Young Scholars supports the educational achievement of native-born and refugee youth and seeks to instill within them the belief that college is attainable. Syracuse University mentors meet weekly with students in small group environments to provide homework and educational assistance. Mentors are also involved in planning extracurricular activities and designing outings that connect students to campus and the Syracuse community. No experience is necessary -- mentors need only come with patience and a desire to help students succeed!

Program Dates and Locations:

Every Monday and Thursday at the Central Village Boys & Girls Club from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the North Side Learning Center from 5:30 to 8 p.m.