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Synthesis News

        Issue #1, February 2003
(page 3)


Synthesis Volunteer Program Starting

Our first trip to the Northeast Center is on the February calendar.

By: Burton Aldrich, UCCC Synthesis

We are starting a volunteer program that will educate and bring fun activities to the Northeast Center for Special Care. We will be working with people who have spinal cord injuries once a month. As the program grows we will branch out into the community to assist other people with their needs.

The role of the volunteer is similar to the role of the earthworm in Nature’s synthesis. In Nature every level of activity is important. Though our involvement will be small at first it will expand. This program will reward not only the disabled and elderly in the community but it will also empower the volunteer.

When you work with people who are different from yourself, you find your own awareness grows and expands. You quickly find that the people who you are ‘helping’ are also helping you and giving you an education not available in a classroom.

This Synthesis program is the beginning of a better way of life for the people of the Northeast Center for Special Care. Instead of locking people out of sight and out of mind, they will be brought back into a community where they can feel at home and at one with all humanity as it should be.



Other articles:
Synthesis helps work against "gerrymandering" in Ulster County
Synthesis at Rondout Valley High School
Washington Peace Demonstrations



FEB. 15 -- NYC Protest Saturday Feb 15 across from the UN.
Contact us at or call Julia @
255-0011 if you want to go down with a group of people
from Synthesis and the local community.
Carpool/caravan from New Platz, Stone Ridge,
Kerhonkson, Saugerties, Kingston, etc.
to Poughkeepsie train station for 9:33am train. $16
bucks round trip.
Also we will be getting together Thursday to make
signs, artwork and plan on a theme

FEB. 22  -- SUNY New Paltz -
Starting @ 1PM at in front of the Student
Union Building there will be a Rally including
speakers, poets, and musicians.
Then at 2PM a March through the streets of the Village
of New Paltz
Well end up back at the college for music and poetry
and refreshments.

Other Tid-Bits

1)  Support a French Veto of an attack on Iraq, contact the French Mission and let your  voice be heard!!!!!!! To learn more please contact Synthesis by e-mailing Julia at or Robert at

2)  Watch out for the good old Open-Mics held one Thursday night per month in the Student Lounge of Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY.  Dozens come out to perform or to see performances of poetry, guitar, singing, rap, even the Australian "Dijereedoo". 


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