Celebrate Service Celebrate Yates: CSCY returns for 17th year

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
CSCY work groups pitched in at the Penn Yan Community Garden last year.

For the past 16 years, Celebrate Service … Celebrate Yates (CSCY) has become a day for community members across Yates County to join hands in service to local nonprofits. A collaboration between the Yates County Chamber of Commerce and Keuka College, the annual day of service – to be held this year Sunday, April 6 – has often boasted more than 200 volunteers stationed at as many as 30 different nonprofit work sites for some spring cleaning, indoors or out.

Organizers are excited about the impact the event has, not just for local nonprofits, but on the volunteers too, said Eric Detar, co-chair of the CSCY steering committee and a Branchport resident. “When you work side-by-side with someone for three hours, you truly have an opportunity to get to know them,” Detar said. “We see CSCY as a tremendous opportunity to build relationships with our neighbors in Yates County. Increased participation can only lead to a closer, better community. “

The foundation for greater interaction on the part of all volunteers was laid last year with debut of a full-scale website (http://cscy.org) devoted just to the event, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts, in addition to a new logo, and new T-shirts. The social networking capabilities, which allow sharing of photos and comments, helped generate enthusiasm and excitement for the event, as online contests were held to boost the number of fans on each site. The new website also features online forms for volunteers to register to serve, and non-profit agencies to sign up to request workers on the day of service. Even potential sponsors can use the web site to alert the Chamber of Commerce of interest in providing goods, services or cash support of the event.

Last year, organizers saw about half the volunteers and half the non-profit agencies use the website to sign up to participate, as some 184 volunteers came together to serve at 24 nonprofit work sites around the county. A number of fire stations, churches, youth campgrounds, cemeteries, the Penn Yan Community garden, the Outlet Trail, Dundee and Branchport libraries and more all received a helping hand with work projects.

Those eager to sponsor this year can fill out an info form online through March 17.

Nonprofit agencies or organizations can sign up until March 14 to welcome workers this year for help with projects. Volunteers may register online through noon, March 21 at http://www.cscy.org/volunteer/. 

Early registrants will be guaranteed a T-shirt and, if needed, transportation to the work site via sponsored shuttle service. Any volunteers who want to sign up after the deadline will need to complete paper forms as walk-in registrants, but will be accepted up through the day of the event.

A complimentary lunch, courtesy of AVI Fresh, is served to all volunteers beginning at 11 a.m. April 6 at Geiser Dining Commons in Dahlstrom Student Center, then following a brief kick-off ceremony at 1 p.m. outside Dahlstrom, volunteers will disperse to work sites for hands-on service from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

For more information, or to see photo galleries and news articles from prior years, please visit: http://cscy.org.

Be there

What: Celebrate Service Celebrate Yates

When: April 6 beginning at 11 a.m.

Where: Kick off at Dahlstrom Student Center, then volunteer work from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at various sites around Yates County.

Details: http: www.cscy.org

Celebrate Service Celebrate Yates