Excelsior Cares: 2017 Thanks For Giving Highlights

2017 Equinox Dinner Volunteers

In January 2016, Excelsior Cares was created as a community relations program built to expand the College’s mission to serve the underserved beyond the virtual classroom by assisting with the critical needs of the community, via shared time (volunteerism), shared talent (skills), and shared treasure (financial contributions).

Dedicated to the belief that a strong social fabric creates opportunity, our core community engagement initiatives focus on five key areas: health and wellness, lifelong education, diversity and inclusion, veterans/military, and social and economic justice to reach from New York’s Capital Region to worldwide, to show Excelsior Cares.

The College supports employee volunteerism beyond mere words. Each employee is offered two days of paid time off to participate in volunteer and community service activities during normal work days. In 2016, our employees volunteered 563 hours during the workday to more than 40 causes. (Excelsior Cares means helping others throughout the year). In 2017, 593.5 hours of Volunteer Time Off (VTO) helped to serve the needs of 55 different nonprofit organizations.

2017 Equinox Dinner Volunteers

Our 2017 Excelsior Cares Community Engagement Program highlights included:

Excelsior Employees Support Fundraising Employees raised $3,228 to support local community projects in need of assistance throughout the year.

Leading by Example with Volunteerism: In 2017, we expanded Excelsior Cares Volunteer Week to include employees, their families, students, and alumni. Nine community projects were held with 57 volunteers: ToLife! Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Cystic Fibrosis, Veterans Miracle Center, and Habitat for Humanity.  Excelsior Cares Volunteer Week 2017 Community Project Photos.  Throughout the year, we also participated in community events like Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner, Center for Disability Services Telethon, Special Olympics, and Red Cross Blood Drives.

Charity Events: In 2017, over $2,700 was raised for charity events like Crohn’s & Colitis, Billy Walk and Ride for Research, American Heart Association Walk, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk for R.I.T.A, AAMN for Haiti Nursing, and JDRF for One Walk

5,300+ Items Donated by Employees for Special Collection Drives: We collected 987 school supplies for the Schenectady Community Action Program, 761 food items to Veterans Miracle Center, 2,008 books to the Red Book Shelf and 1,564 items for September Totes of Hope Drive for homeless veterans. We also participated in the Annual Albany County Adopt a Family during the holidays.

  • Natural Disaster Relief: In 2017, in addition to other community support previously mentioned, $1,435 was donated to Hurricane Relief efforts & Puerto Rico.
  • Record fundraising: In 2017, $7,675 was raised for American Diabetes. We were the #10 Company team for fundraising with the Tour de Cure.
  • Recognition: In 2017, Excelsior College received Community Impact Award for Business to Business Partnership with Albany County Executive Office from the Stakeholders for Healing Moments event on Race, Force and Justice.

If you would like Excelsior College to help with 2018 volunteers and fundraising initiatives,  please email ajacobs@excelsior.edu.


Alicia Jacobs
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Alicia Jacobs is Excelsior College’s Director of Communications and Community Engagement. She responsible for internal communications, public and media relations, employee and community engagement. She assists with special projects, events, committees on behalf of the President's Office. Jacobs career includes television production, broadcast media, healthcare, renewable energy, sports & entertainment, hospitality and higher education. She is also an Emmy Award-Winning TV Producer. During her career, she has worked for three international charities. Her work with non-profits continues today as she leads community engagement initiatives for the College including the Annual Excelsior Cares Volunteer Week. Outside of work, Jacobs is community-minded. Jacobs is a graduate of the University at Albany and earned her Master of Arts, communication with concentration in public relations from Western New England University. She is also a graduate of Excelsior College's Leadership Academy.

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