Due to the success of this fundraiser Amber's family has generously offered to match donations up to a total of $2,500 through October 8th to reach a new goal of $10,000.
COCOA House is a non-profit mentorship and tutoring program that has been connecting Union College students with underserved youth in the Hamilton Hill community of Schenectady, New York for nearly 25 years. During this pandemic the organization has managed to stay open and highly active as most others have ceased to operate. COCOA House remains a vital community hub by providing those in need with masks, food deliveries, backpacks full of school supplies, and virtual tutoring.
Amber Muller was one of COCOA House's first volunteers and student club presidents on campus even before the organization incorporated. While completing her undergraduate degree at Union College Amber played on the rugby team and was an extremely active volunteer at COCOA House. She was excited about assisting the organization with its expansion from a church basement into the current facility on Stanley Street. During her year of club leadership Amber tripled financial resources from the college's student activities council. She graduated in 2001 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology and completed terms abroad in Barbados and India. In 2002 Amber traveled to South Korea to teach English where she also earned a black belt in Taekwondo. After returning to the United States in 2003 she was accepted as a NYC Teaching Fellow and enrolled at St. John's University where she obtained her master’s degree in education, she would go on to a teaching career spanning 15 years. Teaching math for seven years in Queens, NY, then at Grover Cleveland High School, and then to Greenburgh Central School District where she was the Key Club Moderator and coordinator of several blood drives. Amber was very proud of her students' service. During this time Amber joined Suburbia Roller Derby and skated by the name 'Mz. Aftermath' with the number 3.14. Amber had a brave soul, the kind that jumped from an airplane, sat in front while white water rafting, and enjoyed rock/ice climbing and skiing, she loved her two dogs and the outdoors. She was a gardener known to compost and/or recycle any and everything. Her no-filter humor and outspoken personality are dearly missed by all who knew her.
Amber passed away unexpectedly on September 18th, 2019. Her generous family is initiating this annual memorial drive because she was so passionate about COCOA House and setting up this fund is something she most certainly would approve of. We are asking for your support to honor her legacy and passion for service to the community and its children.