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Franciscan Center Calendar of Events
Special Events
Be a Tutor
Volunteer
Clubs
Post-Graduate Opportunities
Child Protection Training

FCSA Calendar of Events

The Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy runs a host of regularly scheduled events and programs throughout the year, as well co-sponsor other events with partners on campus. Scroll down to see our annual calendar. Be on the lookout for e-blasts about these and other special events.
 

September

  • Volunteer Service Fair
  • College Club Fair
  • Alzheimers Walk
  • AIDS Walk
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
October
  • Community Service Day
  • Post Graduate Service Fair
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
November
  • Presidential Debate Watch
  • Homelessness Awareness Week
  • Oxfam Dinner
  • Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner
December
  • Franciscan Giving Tree
  • Children’s Christmas Card Drive
  • Joseph’s House Winter Walk
  • Red Cross Blood Drive

January

  • Winter Service Trips
  • March for Life in Washington, DC
February
  • National Wear Red Day
  • Interfaith Homeless Shelter
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
March
  • Post Graduate Service Fair
  • Catholics at the Capital Advocacy Day in Albany, NY
  • Spring Break Service Trips
  • Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, DC
April
  • Community Service Day
  • Volunteer Appreciation Week
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
May
  • Operation Clean Sweep
  • Post-Graduation Service Trips
 
 

Special Events

In addition to our regularly scheduled programs, FCSA offers a variety of special events throughout the year such as guest speakers, workshops, movies, and panel discussions. One of these special events is SIENAsecrets.
 
SIENAsecrets was begun in Spring 2012 in an effort to make the Siena College Community an even more welcoming and compassionate home for all its members. Participation is anonymous, and as easy as completing the sentence “If you really knew me…” on a 4”X6” card.
 
Visit our virtual Siena Book of Secrets at http://sienasecrets.blogspot.com/. Be on the lookout for e-blasts from FCSA advertising our next SIENAsecrets event.
 
SIENAsecrets is run in collaboration with the Office of Residential Life and the Center for Counseling and Student Development.
 
 
 

Be a Tutor

Students from Siena College have tutored children at Blessed Sacrament School in Albany for many years. Become one of them. Help a child make the most of her/his education. Please contact our office for more information.
 
A limited number of work-study spaces are available to eligible students. Contact Judy Dougherty, FCSA Associate Director, for more information.
 
 
 

Volunteer

Our programs for service and advocacy are not the only opportunities for you to get involved. FCSA partners with over 130 local agencies to help students serve people in need at days and times that fit their individual interests and academic schedules. Check out the sampling of our many partners below. Click their links and explore what they have to offer. Stop by our office and share your ideas with us. Together we will make them happen.
 
 
 

Clubs

 
FCSA’s Professional Staff serve as advisors to some of the largest and most active clubs on campus: American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Siena for Life, and Volunteer Service. Stop by our office to learn more about these clubs, or click on the links below to explore these clubs’ websites.
 
 
 

Post-Graduate Service Opportunties

Just as a diploma from Siena College equips you for a lifetime of learning, so too does service through FCSA prepare you for a lifetime of sharing your gifts and talents with those in need. To help you find the agency that is best for you, FCSA hosts a Post-Graduate Volunteer Fair twice a year. Be on the lookout for e-blasts for more information, or stop by our office.
 
Below is a list of our more popular post-graduate volunteer agencies. Click the links and discover ways that you can give a year of your life after graduation to the least of your sisters and brothers, both here in the US and throughout the world. Please, stop by our office to explore even more opportunities available to you.
 
  • Franciscan Volunteer Ministry

    Provides a setting for young adults to grow in faith, love and hope by serving the poor and working for social justice in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Sites located in Camden, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Wilmington, DE.
  • Franciscan Mission Service

    This organization provides training and support for lay Franciscan missioners who stay from three to six years in areas around the world to live a simple life of service with the poor. Sites in Latin America and Africa.

  • Francis Corps

    Volunteers help to promote Franciscan values in Syracuse, NY; San José, CA; Costa Rica.
  • Catholic Network of Volunteer Services

    An organization of 200 domestic and international volunteer and mission programs that fosters and promotes full-time service opportunities for people of all backgrounds, ages and skills. This organization provides training and resources, networking opportunities, and national advocacy.
 
  • Christian Appalachian Project

    Serves those in Appalachia by providing spiritual, emotional, and physical support through a wide variety of programs and services.
 
  • Educational Partners in Catholic Schools

    Seeks to develop a corp of highly motivated and committed young educators to meet the needs of the country's most under-served elementary and secondary schools by recruiting talented graduates from undergraduate programs who desire to teach not just as a career but as a vocation.
  • Good Shepherd Volunteers

    GSV volunteers fight against the struggles of children who are victims of violence, poverty and neglect by providing services including foster care, youth counseling, and education.
 
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps

    Work for and with underprivileged people, people with AIDS, the elderly, abused women and children, and the developmentally disabled in domestic and international locations.
 
  • Maggie's Place

    A community that provides houses of hospitality for women living alone, or living on the streets.  Maggie's Place follows recognition of responsibility to and for one another.
 
  • Mercy Corps

    Help in countries around the world to serve impovershed areas.  Support the literacy program, help with agriculture, disability, health along with a variety of other needs.
 
  • Samaritan Inns, Inc.

    Support individuals in finding sobriety, self respect, financial responsibility, and independence with this organization that provides counseling, mentoring, housing and employment for formerly homeless addicted men.
 
  • Vincentian Service Corps

    Transform lives with a group of over 200 people who serve the needs of those in poverty.  The city of St. Louis provides a mixture of culture for the men and women volunteers.
  • AmeriCorps

    A spirit of civic participation is created through service for a variety of needs including building affordable housing or fighting illiteracy.
  • Peace Corps

    Volunteers work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing assistance in 77 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
 
 
 

Child Protection Training

In collaboration with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, FCSA offers certified child protection training through VIRTUS®, a nationally recognized program and service of The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.
 
All those who participate in VIRTUS® training receive a certificate testifying that they are aware of the best practices and procedures for protecting minors from sexual harassment and assault. This certificate is required of all adults working with minors in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, as well as most other Roman Catholic dioceses throughout the United States.
 
Please contact FCSA to learn more about VIRTUS® and schedule a training session. You may visit the VIRTUS® website by clicking the image below or typing this address into your web-browser: http://www.virtus.org/virtus/.
 

 

 

 

Contact Us

  • Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy
    Siena College
    515 Loudon Road
    Loudonville, NY 12211
    Location: Foy Hall 215 and 302
    Phone: (518)-783-2333
  • Fr. Russel Murray, O.F.M., Ph.D.
    Director
    E-mail: rmurray@siena.edu
  • Ms. Judy Dougherty
    Associate Director
    E-mail: dougherty@siena.edu
  • Mr. James Snyder
    Siena College Mentoring Program
    E-mail: jsnyder@siena.edu
  • Ms. Sue Corcoran
    Assistant to the FCSA
    E-mail: scorcoran@siena.edu

 

We’re located in Foy Hall. Click the photo below to see a map.