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Creek Rats Mark 10 Years with Another Clean Up

Around 15 volunteers gathered at the Rescue Mission on Dickerson Street early Saturday, Sept. 17, morning set on accomplishing two goals for the day: cleaning up Onondaga Creek and finishing a platter of muffins. The Creek Rats, a volunteer group that grew out of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of the Onondaga Creek clean up, set out on its 10th anniversary ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Syracuse Seniors Continue to Fight Sept. 19 to Save Their Center One day a few weeks ago, the Syracuse Parks & Recreation Commissioner walked into the Ida Benderson Senior Center and announced that it would close Oct. 1. Ida Benderson has provided a community, and a family, for Syracuse seniors from the South Side and from other parts of the ... Read More »

Connections Count

Mentoring programs collaborate to help young men get into college Justin Williams knows the value of making a simple connection. As an incoming freshman at George W. Fowler High School, Williams was academically apathetic and uninvolved in his community. One organization changed his perspective, and ultimately, his life. Read More »

Volunteer Works to Complete Veteran Build

Celebrating 26 years of providing service to Onondaga County, Habitat for Humanity has launched the first ever Veteran Build in New York State. The announcement to go forward with the premier project was made on Veterans Day 2010, and construction began in April 2011. The two homes currently inhabit Syracuse’s Southwest area on Fitch Street, and over A-OK Weekend, volunteer ... Read More »

Workers from Local Architectural Firm Donate Time to Stone Soup Garden

Most people would be happy to kill two birds with one stone. However, Matt Brubaker isn’t content just with that. He wanted to kill six birds with one stone by volunteering on Sept. 10 at the Stone Soup Community Garden on the 400 block of Gifford Street. He wanted to assist building a wood shed for storing tools and other ... Read More »

Volunteers Further Efforts to Clean Up Kirk Park

This year’s Acts of Kindness Weekend kicked off a sunny Saturday morning with a cleanup of Kirk Park. Residents from local community organizations such as 100 Black Men, Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today, the Syracuse Parks Conservancy and Sunnycrest Parks Association, as well as local youth, donated their time in an act of kindness for the South Side neighborhood Sept. 10 and ... Read More »

Learning to Survive

Higher Education Opportunity Program at SU provides much-needed help Against heavy odds, Cynthia Wright hopes to finally earn a college degree. Wright, a longtime South Side resident, has suffered in the past decade the loss of both parents, a frightening bout with cancer and the heartache of seeing a neighborhood she loves deteriorate around her. She decided last year she ... Read More »

The Stand's Team Covers Juneteenth Celebration

Coverage of this year’s Juneteenth Festival in Clinton Square held Saturday, June 18, was conducted by a Team of The Stand’s Community Correspondents. Reporters included: Ruthnie Angrand, Miguel Balbuena, Jeremiah Howell, Katherine Hills and her mother, Cheryl Dixon-Hills, who was so inspired by the day’s celebration she contributed a personal reflection. Also contributing was Brenda Muhammad who wrote a piece ... Read More »

Dunbar Goes to the Fair

Volunteers man Dunbar Cafe to raise funds for center’s youth A little N’awlins flavor has come to Syracuse by way of the Dunbar Association, Inc. The Dunbar Center is running a booth at The Great New York State Fair selling catfish po’ boys. Read More »