In January 2016, Excelsior Cares was created as a community relations program built to expand the College’s mission of service to 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 globally, to show Excelsior Cares.
We welcome requests for volunteer help, event sponsorships, and speaking engagements focusing on our core initiatives.
Housing and Community Services
Excelsior College is a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited, distance learning institution focused on removing the obstacles to the educational goals of working adults.
The College has nearly 30,000 (new) students and while we don’t have a resident student body, our staff and faculty volunteers are committed to make a difference in the lives of residents of our larger community.
We support employee volunteerism beyond mere words. Official policy provides each employee with 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 to more than 40 causes. In 2017, 67 people used 319.5 hours of Volunteer Time Off (VTO) through June. These hours helped to serve the needs of 55 organizations.