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Fifth Annual Saturday of Service

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SOS

Frequently Asked SOS Questions:

  • What is SOS?
    • On Saturday, August 23, 2014, new first-year and transfer students will go out in to the local community to complete approximately 2 hours of community service before their first day of class at The College at Brockport.
  • When can I sign up?
    • SOS sign-up occurs during Summer Orientation.
  • What do I need to sign-up?
    • You will need your Brockport email address (netID) and Student ID (Banner) number in order to sign up. Click here if you do not know that information.
  • When will I know more information for the event?
    • You will receive more information regarding your SOS project along with your transportation information prior to Welcome Week. Stay tuned to your Brockport email!
  • What if I have a conflict during SOS? What if I am a Fall athlete?
    • Saturday of Service is a mandatory event for all freshmen. If you have a conflict, send an email to serve@brockport.edu. If you are a Fall athlete, talk to your coach to see if you have a scrimage.
  • What if I need special accommodations?
    • If you need any special accommodations please feel free to email us or call The Office of Community Development at 585-395-5245.  We work closely with the Office for Students with Disabilities to accommodate any special needs.
  • I am not a freshmen or transfer, but I want to be a part of SOS. Can I get involved?
    • We'd love you to join us! We are in need of SOS Team Leaders and Parking Lot Volunteers. Sign up here!

Listed below are the Saturday of Service 2014 projects.  Each project title is a link to myBROCKPORT where you can register for a project.

Register for a project in four (4) easy steps

1) Select a project from the list below

2) Click the title of the project (titles are links to myBROCKPORT)

3) Once redirected to myBROCKPORT, click the log in button in the upper right hand corner of the screen, and log into myBROCKPORT with your net id.

  • ATTENTION - If you are not logged into myBROCKPORT you will not be able to register for a project.

4) On the lower right side of the myBROCKPORT event page, RSVP for the project to register.  

The first five (5) Projects are for Transfer Students' Only, the remaining Projects are for First-Year Students' Only

 

Transfer SOS Project #1.) Conkerr Cancer (Transfer Students Only)

From California to Massachusetts, Florida to Michigan, the UK to Africa, ConKerr Cancer pillowcases are bringing HUGE smiles and hugs to children with life threatening illnesses. Thousands of volunteers, around the world, are joining together to brighten the lives of these children with a simple act of kindness: making a fun, cheerful pillowcase. 

Volunteers for this project will assist with making creative fun pillowcases for kids with terminal illnesses.  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Transfer SOS Project #2.) Off-Campus Relations Team (Transfer Only)

Come strengthen our Brockport community by meeting local residents and sharing helpful information! Students will work alongside local Brockport officials, landlords and campus leadership in an effort to educate, enhance town/gown relationships and disseminate helpful information related to campus services and resources.  This service initiative will create an opportunity for students to engage with families, agencies and local businesses in a positive manner.

Volunteers for this project will assist the Off-Campus Relations Team in handing out welcome information for off-campus students and community members. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Transfer SOS Project #3.) Village of Brockport Parks Committee (Transfer Only)

Located in Western New York on the scenic Erie Canal, Brockport has a great past and an even more promising future. From our Main Street lined with quaint shops to the campus of State University of New York at Brockport, our village is both inviting to tourism and business.

Volunteers for this project will assist with outdoor beautification projects: weeding, mulching, and planting trees in our local parks. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Transfer SOS Project #4.) Expressive Beginnings - A (Transfer Only)

Expressive Beginnings offers a unique family environment and a highly regarded learning curriculum. They serve children through age 12, offering infant and toddler care, preschool, pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten, wrap around care and a school-age summer program.

While the center is not specifically designed for children with disabilities, it accommodates as many special needs families as possible and is backed by Heritage Christian Services’ longstanding expertise in that area.

Volunteers for this project will be helping teachers in setting up their classrooms for the fall by hanging parent boards, birthday boards, cleaning walls, and labeling learning areas within the classrooms. _______________________________________________________________________________________

SOS Project #5.) Transfer SOS Project Brockport Athletics (Transfer Only)

Intercollegiate Athletics have been an integral part of the student experience at The College at Brockport for nearly 100 years. With seven national championships and hundreds of All-Americans, our proud Golden Eagles have earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest, most competitive Division III programs in the nation.

Volunteers for this project will assist with outdoor beautification projects on campus within athletic fields: painting bleachers and putting up weather fencing. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Registration Closed Arnett Branch Library (Freshmen Only) Registration Closed 

The Arnett Branch Library is part of the Monroe County Library System; a federation of 20 independent public libraries located in Monroe County, New York. The system, one of 23 public library systems in New York State, was chartered by the state Board of Regents in 1954 to provide services to public libraries and to provide library services to those with special needs within the County. This coalition of member libraries provides materials and program to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of individuals, member libraries and local governments.

Volunteers for this project will assist with shelf reading, the process of checking library collections for improperly shelved books. Shelf reading saves libraries a great deal of time and resources by locating books that may have otherwise been lost. Shelf reading helps library users find books by keeping the collections neat and in order. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Bergen United Methodist Church (Freshmen Only)

Bergen United Methodist Church’s mission states: Following Jesus-Together-Sharing Him with Others. The people of The United Methodist Church are putting their faith in action by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world which is the church’s mission.

Volunteers for this project will clean Interior and Exterior windows as needed, weed flower gardens and mulch exterior flower beds. _______________________________________________________________________________________

First Presbyterian Church of Holley (Freshmen Only)

The First Presbyterian Church of Holley strives to be a place for worship and sanctuary for all people by creating opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and Christian development for people of all ages. They believe in being a close and connected church that is both proactive and forward-focused.

Volunteers for this project will assist in beautification of the church through cleaning, painting and general yard work. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Greece Baptist Church (Freshmen Only)

Greece Baptist Church has been serving the Greece community since 1814 providing services and opportunities for spiritual growth. Some of their programing includes: worship, caring ministry, education ministry, mission ministry, music ministry, youth and women’s ministry, fun and fellowship.

Volunteers for this project will assist in outdoor gardening and beautification. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Isaiah House (Freshmen Only)

Isaiah House, a home for the dying, provides a residence for persons with irreversible illness who have been determined to be within the last three months of their lives. Isaiah House affirms life without hastening or postponing death. Their commitment flows from a belief in the dignity and value of every person.

Volunteers for this project will assist in outdoor gardening and beautification. _______________________________________________________________________________________

National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter (Freshmen Only)

The National MS Society helps each person affected by MS in our area address the challenges of living with MS. They help by raising funds for cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward.

Volunteers for this project will pack boxes and other material in preparation for the Bike MS event. Projects include sorting, making signs, and organizing supplies for event. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Focus Pregnancy (Freshmen Only)

Focus Pregnancy provides meaningful and compassionate care to women facing an unplanned pregnancy by connecting clients to life-affirming support services. They respond with urgency to an unplanned pregnancy by helping women to embrace the life within them. .

Volunteers for this project will be sorting donations and working in the two material aid rooms organizing baskets of clothes. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Emmanuel Baptist Church (Freshmen Only)

At Emmanuel Baptist Church our mission is to transform unbelievers into passionate followers of Jesus Christ. We invite you to explore what God is doing at our church, and join us in a place to worship, mature, and serve.

Volunteers for this project will be participating in outdoor beautification projects, including cleaning the siding of the church. Volunteers should plan on getting wet while washing siding. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Registration Closed Lifetime Assistance Inc. Family Care Program (Freshmen Only) Registration Closed 

The Lifetime Assistance Inc. Family Care Program provides individuals with developmental disabilities, of all ages, an opportunity to live with a family in the community. Family Care uses certified homes to provide residential services for people who are unable to live independently in the community, but who do not require residential care and treatment in a developmental center or more structured residential setting.

Volunteers for this project will assist residents with creating arts and crafts projects. An email will be sent out prior to Welcome Week with instructions on the project and transportation details. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Christ Community Church (Freshmen Only)

The Christ Community Church family is multi-generational, made up of real people, individuals and families, seeking a real relationship with God. As a church they draw close to God through relevant teaching and Bible study, heart-felt prayer, contemporary worship, and loving fellowship with each other.

Volunteers for this project will assist with landscape refreshing, painting projects, and sprucing up the building facade with window and wall cleaning, etc. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) (Freshmen Only)

RAIHN is a not-for-profit, interfaith, culturally competent organization of faith communities that assists homeless families to achieve sustainable independence by supporting them with tailored services, including shelter, food, personalized case management services, and a diverse network of caring volunteers.

Volunteers for this project will assist with sorting clothing and household donations as well as outdoor beautification projects:  weeding outdoor beds, and possibly painting inside the building. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Atria Senior Living (Freshmen Only)

Atria Senior Living is one of the nation's leading providers of independent living, supportive living, assisted living and memory care services. Atria communities provide respectful, quality services designed to promote independence and help seniors enjoy fulfilling lifestyles. They strive to provide environments where older people flourish, where loneliness and isolation are forgotten, and where families feel confident that their aging members are secure and thriving.

Volunteers for this project will assist with the set-up, clean-up, and serving of residents in need of assistance for our annual community program. Volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with the residents and run carnival style games as well as organize and prepare the food donations for Food Link. This is a significant event to our senior residents who often do not have the opportunity to interact with the community. Residents’ family members, local church officials, and the local daycare will be invited to participate in this program. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Community Lutheran Ministry, Inc. (Freshmen Only)

Community Lutheran Ministry Inc. provides tutoring and counseling for elementary school children ages 4 to 13. The teen program provides career development help for teenagers 13 to 16. They also give clothes, shoes, and school supplies to school-age children, and provide household items for needy families. A traveling summer day camp and basketball program is available for youth and young adults.

Volunteers for this project will assist with preparations for the Back to school event which provides children with necessary school supplies such as book bags, pencils, pens, paper, etc. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Registration Closed Seneca Park Zoo (Freshmen Only) Registration Closed 

Through the exhibition of animals in naturalistic settings, the Seneca Park Zoo provides engaging and educational experiences to give the community the motivation and skills to act as stewards of the environment. Seneca Park’s vision lies in education, conservation leadership, and commitment to their community.

Volunteers for this project will assist with clean-up, including moving substrate, raking, weeding, mulching, and cleaning glass. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Town of Hamlin Recreation Department (Freshmen Only)

The Town of Hamlin Recreation Department acknowledges the importance of recreation as an essential part of every person’s physical and emotional well-being, as well as playing a vital part in the quality of life in a community. The Town of Hamlin Recreation Department believes in the philosophy of offering quality recreational and educational activities to the Hamlin Community at an affordable and reasonable cost. Their goal is to keep abreast with changing needs of the residents of the Town and continually update activities to keep pace with community growth.

Volunteers for this project will assist with building, painting, and repairing props for their annual event which takes place one week before Halloween. This event is a fundraiser for our local food bank: Life Solutions. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Mary Cariola Children’s Center (Freshmen Only)

Mary Cariola Children’s Center is a special place in Rochester, NY, that serves children with multiple, complex disabilities. Public and private schools are not able to accommodate these children. Over the years, the Center has evolved from a day care to a nationally renowned agency that strategically maps out a customized plan—clinically and educationally—for every child who walks through their doors.

Volunteers for this project will assist with cleaning wheelchair vans, interact with residents in a scrapbook activity, and participate in a backyard clean sweep (including wiping down lawn furniture, swings, and outdoor toys). _______________________________________________________________________________________

Stepping Stones Learning Center (Freshmen Only)

Stepping Stones Learning Center is committed to serving children, their families, and the community, through collaborative ventures for the provision of quality programs and services to achieve the highest level of success for all participants. They strive to be an advocate and leader in the development and implementation of inclusionary services for children of all ages and backgrounds through the design of programs that meet the child’s ever changing needs.

Volunteers for this project will assist in readying childcare classrooms and outdoor play equipment by setting up furniture and cleaning. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Henrietta Public Library (Freshmen Only)

The Henrietta Public Library helps to preserve historic artifacts, oral histories, digital history projects, and monographs relevant to the community, including minority groups. Libraries also serve as community centers for diverse populations. 

Volunteers for this project will assist with children’s craft projects and beautification projects, cleaning up the outside of the library (garbage, leaves, etc.) if weather permits. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Registration Closed  Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets (GRASP) (Freshmen Only) Registration Closed 

GRASP is committed to reducing the number of homeless pets in Greece, New York by decreasing dog and cat reproduction, promoting responsible pet ownership, and placing homeless dogs and cats into compatible, loving, permanent homes.

Volunteers for this project will assist with the fundraiser by cooking and serving hot dogs to shoppers at Sam's Club. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Registration Closed  Friendly Home (Freshmen Only) Registration Closed 

The Friendly Home provides nursing care, rehabilitation and related services that enhance the quality of life for older adults, and is committed to being the provider and employer of choice, continuing a tradition of not-for-profit service to the community.

Volunteers for this project will pair up with members/residents to go on walks/rides either outdoors or inside. The walk will include a scavenger hunt, ending in the Auditorium. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Volunteers of America (Freshmen Only)

Volunteers of America works to break the cycle of poverty through an array of programs which include: housing and support services for homeless individuals and families; care and educational programs for at-risk children; crisis assistance; homelessness prevention programs; working wardrobe for adults seeking employment; and many more. Volunteers of America's programs and services encourage positive development, foster independence, and promote self-sufficiency, providing individuals with the guidance and resources they need to make positive change happen in their lives.

Volunteers for this project will assist with beautification projects of outside and inside buildings including the administration building, retail store, and children’s center for the benefit of customers, clients, donors, and staff. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Heritage Christian Services (Freshmen Only)

Heritage Christian Services strives to provide a living and working environment that reflects the love of Christ in action. The agency upholds the highest standards of care for people with developmental disabilities; supports and respect s each individual’s gifts, strengths and needs; and offers an opportunity to mature, learn and grow.

Volunteers for this project will help make inspirational posters and pompoms for volunteers to hold during The Heritage Christian Legacy Mile & 5K. This benefit for children and adults with developmental disabilities will help ensure people with developmental disabilities will continue to have the highest quality care now and in the future. _______________________________________________________________________________________

ElderONE (Freshmen Only)

ElderONE gives the frail elderly an alternative to nursing home placement with in-home care from skilled professionals. Each ElderONE participant is served by a team of dedicated in-home care providers who become familiar with the participant’s needs over time. This enables the providers to notice even subtle changes in medical, functional, and psycho-social problems that are in need of attention. That translates to peace of mind for both ElderONE participants and their families

Volunteers for this project will interact with the Saturday participants in the day center playing games such as bingo, cards, and dominoes, and enjoying conversations with the group. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Mount Hope Cemetery-A (Freshmen Only)

The Mount Hope Cemetery is one of Rochester’s historic treasures. Historic cemeteries are irreplaceable landscapes. Many of the historic cemeteries in our state have been neglected for decades. Some are more endangered than others. 

Volunteers for this project will help with revitalizing and maintaining gardens and significant grave sites within Mount Hope Cemetery. This will include: planting, weeding and watering sites throughout the cemetery. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Mount Hope Cemetery-B (Freshmen Only)

The Mount Hope Cemetery is one of Rochester’s historic treasures. Historic cemeteries are irreplaceable landscapes. Many of the historic cemeteries in our state have been neglected for decades. Some are more endangered than others. 

Volunteers for this project will help with revitalizing and maintaining gardens and significant grave sites within Mount Hope Cemetery. This will include: planting, weeding and watering sites throughout the cemetery. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Expressive Beginnings - B (Freshmen Only)

Expressive Beginnings offers a unique family environment and a highly regarded learning curriculum. They serve children through age 12, offering infant and toddler care, preschool, pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten, wrap around care and a school-age summer program.

While the center is not specifically designed for children with disabilities, it accommodates as many special needs families as possible and is backed by Heritage Christian Services’ longstanding expertise in that area.

Volunteers for this project will empty storage sheds, organize the contents, clean the sheds, and restore the contents in an orderly manner. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Off-Campus Relations Team (Freshmen Only)

Come strengthen our Brockport community by meeting local residents and sharing helpful information! Students will work alongside local Brockport officials, landlords and campus leadership in an effort to educate, enhance town/gown relationships and disseminate helpful information related to campus services and resources.  This service initiative will create an opportunity for students to engage with families, agencies and local businesses in a positive manner.

Volunteers for this project will assist the Off-Campus Relations Team in handing out welcome information for off-campus students and community members. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Ronald McDonald House (Freshmen Only)

Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While Ronald McDonald House Charities® cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, they can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to keep their child healthy and happy.

Volunteers for this project will assist with outside beautification projects and landscaping. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Greater Bethlehem Temple (Freshmen Only)

Greater Bethlehem Temple's (GBT) mission is to "impact the community in all that we do". The main focus is to help people become more fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. GBT strives to proclaim the Good News (gospel) of Christ through worship, various ministries, and outreach missions.

This church was used by Harriet Tubman as a stopover in the Underground Railroad Movement, and Frederick Douglass edited his abolitionist newspaper, The North Star, on presses set up in the church basement. Also, Susan B. Anthony gave one of her last public addresses in the church.

Volunteers for this project will assist with outdoor and indoor beautification projects: weeding, mulching, cleaning windows and areas of the sanctuary. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Village of Brockport Parks Committee (Freshmen Only)

Located in Western New York on the scenic Erie Canal, Brockport has a great past and an even more promising future. From our Main Street lined with quaint shops to the campus of State University of New York at Brockport, our village is both inviting to tourism and business.

Volunteers for this project will assist with outdoor beautification projects: weeding, mulching, and planting trees in our local parks. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Newman Center (Freshmen Only)

The Newman Catholic Campus Ministry is a Roman Catholic ministry of the Diocese of Rochester located in a beautiful building on the edge of campus. It has a large, contemporary worship space, a small chapel, offices, meeting spaces/classrooms and Newman House, a student residence, is next door

Volunteers for this project will assist with outdoor beautification projects: landscaping trash pick-up and gardening. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Brockport Athletics (Freshmen Only)

Intercollegiate Athletics have been an integral part of the student experience at The College at Brockport for nearly 100 years. With seven national championships and hundreds of All-Americans, our proud Golden Eagles have earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest, most competitive Division III programs in the nation.

Volunteers for this project will assist with outdoor beautification projects on campus within athletic fields: painting bleachers and putting up weather fencing. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Advent House (Freshmen Only)

Each August, the Advent House conducts a huge community Garage Sale as one of its major fundraisers.  The proceeds of this fundraiser constitute about 1/6 of their annual budget.  The Advent House is seeking help on the final day of the sale.

Volunteers for this project will assist with breaking down boxes, taking down tent flaps, assisting other charities who arrive at the end of the sale to load up their vans with "gleaned" items as well as consolidating items. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Aurora House of Western Monroe County (Freshmen Only)

Aurora House is a two-bed comfort care home for the dying. Their caregivers, with the support and guidance of nurses, provide loving and compassionate care based on the model of families caring for loved ones at home. They believe that healing, well-being, and positive development can be achieved even in the setting of a devastating disease.

Volunteers for this project will assist with “End of Summer” beautification projects:  Scrubbing outdoor decks, railings and lawn furniture. Painting light posts and some garden work may be involved. _______________________________________________________________________________________

The Schoolhouse of Brockport (Freshmen Only)

The Schoolhouse is a full-time preschool. It is part of Brockport Central Schools' Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK). Their program focuses on life skills, socialization, and Kindergarten readiness in a structured and active setting.

Volunteers for this project will assist outdoor beautification projects: playground spruce up, fence washing, door cleaning, and cleaning interior of building. _______________________________________________________________________________________

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. (Freshmen Only)

The creator of Doology, teaches that positive action in your community or organization is valued more than just complaining.

Volunteers for this project will assist with the recycling program. Volunteers will also pass flyers promoting the Uhuru Week program which will take place on the evening of Aug 24, and reorganizing the children's library. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Perinton Historical Society & Fairport Museum (Freshmen Only)

The Perinton Historical Society is a non-profit volunteer organization that operates and maintains the collections of the Fairport Museum at 18 Perrin Street in the Village of Fairport.

Volunteers for this project will assist the Perinton Historical Society in beautifying the interior of the Fairport Museum and making the museum sparkle. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Jubilee Christian Church (Freshmen Only)

Jubilee Christian Church is a Christ centered family church dedicated to helping you personally encounter Christ. We believe you have been created by God with a unique purpose and destiny.

Volunteers for this project will assist with painting portions of exterior of building and gardening around the outside of the sanctuary. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Seymour Library (Freshmen Only)

The Seymour Library is committed to providing print and non-print materials to the residents of all ages as well as facilitating life-long learning through current technological innovations. They strive to initiate diverse activities to advance global interdependency and human understanding and preserving cultural heritage and intellectual freedom.

Volunteers for this project will assist with washing windows and screens on the building.  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Friends of Hamlin Beach State Park (Freshmen Only)

The Friends of Hamlin Beach State Park support the preservation, conservation, improvements, and development of Hamlin Beach State Park and the CCC/POW Camp. They offer educational and recreational programs, services, and activities reflective of and consistent with the history and nature of the park and CCC Camp.

Volunteers for this project will assist with general maintenance at the CCC/POW camp. This includes: cleaning inside the house, gardening, picking up sticks, weeding, and general clean-up of the site. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Foodlink (Freshmen Only)

Foodlink’s mission is to end hunger and to leverage the power of food to build a healthier community. Foodlink is the Feeding America regional food bank, which rescues and redistributes more than 16 million pounds of food annually to a network of 500 member agencies in a 10-county service area. By increasing the amount of healthy food available to the network, fostering new food access channels and improving food literacy, Foodlink addresses the root causes of hunger.

Volunteers for this project will assist with the sorting of donated food in the warehouse, including locally grown produce. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Lakeside Beikirch Care Center- A (Freshmen Only)

The Lakeside Beikirch Care Center is a nursing facility that also offers short-term rehabilitation. The services that are provided are individualized to the needs of each resident. Lakeside Rehabilitation has all the “conveniences of home”, including a washer/dryer, bathtub, shower and full kitchen with dining so that an individual may regain the highest possible recovery and independence. From the specially trained nurses to the therapists who follow each client carefully, Lakeside’s team approach has proven efficient and effective in supporting their mission of “Quality Care Close to Home”.

Volunteers for this project will be assisting and interacting with the residents during an ice-cream social. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Lakeside Beikirch Care Center- B (Freshmen Only)

The Lakeside Beikirch Care Center is a nursing facility that also offers short-term rehabilitation. The services that are provided are individualized to the needs of each resident. Lakeside Rehabilitation has all the “conveniences of home”, including a washer/dryer, bathtub, shower and full kitchen with dining so that an individual may regain the highest possible recovery and independence. From the specially trained nurses to the therapists who follow each client carefully, Lakeside’s team approach has proven efficient and effective in supporting their mission of “Quality Care Close to Home”.

Volunteers for this project will be painting and staining a gazebo used by the residents.

 

 

 

 

Last Updated 7/3/14