Current Events and Programs for Students

Looking for something to do? Below you will find many of the larger opportunities sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement for students at Binghamton University. If you have any questions regarding an opportunity, or you would like more information, reach us by email at cce@binghamton.edu or contact the listed individual running that program. 
 
For more opportunities, explore our Service Listings, our Events Calendar and our Student Newsletter.

Student Community Service Survey

Every year the Center for Civic Engagement is asked to highlight the good work of individual students and groups who have volunteered to help others. Based on the responses we receive through our survey, we nominate groups for campus, state-wide and national recognitions and awards. It would be great if your group was considered for one of these awards (even small and new groups are eligible!).  
 
We would also love to have our campus recognized as one of the MOST engaged in the country—so all information that you can provide is appreciated!
 

Please take less than 5 minutes to respond to this survey and tell us about the fine volunteer work in which you and your group members have been engaged (on campus, in this local community and beyond). If you have not kept track of exact hours, numbers, etc., just provide your best estimation. 

Student Community Service Survey


world cupThe Human Cost of the World Cup

RESCHEDULED: Monday, April 27 - 6:30 - 8:00pm -
Science Library 210
 
The FIFA World Cup is one of the biggest single-event sporting events in the world, drawing nearly 1 billion viewers and millions of dollars in revenue (FIFA). But, the staggering monetary cost of hosting the event pales in comparison to the human cost felt by poor communities in the host nation and migrant workers exported there for their labor. What is the human cost of the FIFA World Cup?
 
A Discussion with Dr. David Cingranelli, professor of Political Science and Zachary Silverman, class of 2017, psychology. Co-sponsors: Amnesty International, Political Science Department, Department of Human Development, Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program

Geo-Ca$h for Charity Geo-Ca$h for Charity

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (usually some sort of container) hidden at that location. 

The Center for Civic Engagement is hosting a campus-wide Geo-Ca$h for Charity event! We are inviting teams of 2 to 5 people who would like to donate to a cause while having a great time! Teams will gather sponsors and for every geocache a team finds, their sponsors will donate a set amount to a charity or organization of the team's choice.

1. Choose a Charity

The first step is to choose a charity or cause that is important to you and your team. If you need ideas, check out some of the organizations in our Service Listings Database.

2. Register Online

3. Gather Sponsors

Once a team has registered, an email will be sent to the team leader with a sponsor sheet attached. Ask your friends, family, and professors to sponsor your team. Each sponsor will agree to donate a certain amount of money for each geocache your team finds. Sponsors may also donate a lump sum up front, if they prefer. 

4. Find the Geocaches!

10 unique geocaches will be hid around campus starting April 26. We will email your team GPS coordinates at 8:30am on April 26, and your team will have until May 2 to find as many of the caches as you can. You should bring a pen or pencil and sign your TEAM NAME on the log in each cache. Also each team should take at least 2 pictures while geocaching, and post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ccegeocash.

5. Donate the Money

After the Geo-Ca$h event, each team is responsible for collecting money and sending it to their charity. Donations should be sent directly to the charity, NOT the CCE office.

This event is not associated with the Geocaching app in any way, so it will be a new experience even for expert geocachers! Each team is responsible for obtaining a GPS. A free GPS app is available for smart phones called "Commander Compass." On the first day of the event, the CCE will email each team a list of coordinates, and teams can begin searching for the geocaches.

Registration begins April 16th and a copy of Sponsor sheets are due in the CCE office by Friday April 24th at 2pm. The hunt begins on Sunday April 26th and ends May 2nd!


Passion to Action: How to Make Change

Passion to Action Workshop

May 6, 2015
5:00-6:30pm
UU-108

Are you passionate about an issue but aren't sure how to create actual change? Passion to Action will teach you the steps to take in order to be an effective changemaker. Learn about MANY strategies and tactics for bringing about change.

Refreshments will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center


Past Events - Spring 2015

Online Activism

Online Activism and Social Change

Viral social media campaigns can reach millions and help raise awareness, but how can they be used to provide direct benefit or enact real change? Explore the possibilities and limits of social activism. Thursday April 16, 2015, 6:30-8:00pm in Science Library 206.

Facilitator: Dr. David Campbell, Associate Professor, Chair of Masters of Public Administration Department

Panelists: Carol Luong '08, MBA '09, Co-founder of GreatPositive.com; Maria Chaves, PhD Student in English, Anti-Oppression Activist Academic; Austin Blumenfeld, CCE Public Affairs Radio Show Host.

Co-sponsors: Peace Action Binghamton University, Amnesty International, Multicultural Resource Center, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


#Snaps4Service Contest

Snaps4Service

Official Rules

  • To enter, you must submit a photo of what volunteering means to you. This may take the form of a photo of you volunteering, something creative that you make that represents volunteering to you, or anything you can think of that you think best communicates the meaning of volunteering. Be creative!
  • To be eligible, you must like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. You must also be a current Binghamton University student.
  • Facebook photo submissions must be submitted as a comment on the official Facebook post announcing the start of the contest on March 9.
  • Instagram photo submissions must be posted on Instagram and tagged with @ccebinghamton and #Snaps4Service.
  • Submissions are open on Monday, March 9 at 12 PM. Photos may be submitted until the end of the contest, but the earlier you submit, the more time you have to accumulate likes! The contest will end on Monday, March 16 at 12 PM.
  • You may post your photo to Facebook (facebook.com/ccebinghamton) or Instagram or both. You may only submit one photo per site to the contest.
  • Voters may vote for as many photos as they like on both Facebook and Instagram. Contestants may vote for any photos they like, including their own. On Facebook, voters must navigate to the original post on the CCE Timeline and like the appropriate comment there in order for their vote to count.
  • At the end of the contest, on March 16 at 12 PM, contestants who submitted the photos that received the most likes on each site will be selected as the winners. Therefore, share the post and tell all of your friends! One person may not win a prize on both Facebook and Instagram. Contestants are limited to winning a total of one prize, regardless of the social media medium used. However, each photo will have two chances to win the first place prize, using both Instagram and Facebook. For example, if someone wins first place on Facebook and wins second place on Instagram, they may only receive the first place prize. If someone wins first place on both Facebook and Instagram, they may only receive one first place prize.
  • The first place prize winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. The second place prize winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. First and second place winners will be chosen on Facebook and Instagram, for a total of two first and two second place winners.
  • Winners will be announced through Facebook and Instagram so look out for those posts! Prizes must be claimed within a week. To claim your prize, you must email cce@binghamton.edu within one week, letting them know when you will pick up your prize. If you do not claim your prize within a week, or do not pick your prize up at the date you specified, the Center for Civic Engagement will consider this as you forfeiting your prize and will select another winner. In the event of a tie, the Center for Civic Engagement staff will choose a winner, based on creativity and the photo most representative of volunteering.
  • Each person who enters the contest as a contestant will receive a FREE CCE t-shirt. Come to UU 137 (located across from the Marketplace) to pick it up any time!
  • The #Snaps4Service contest is sponsored the Center for Civic Engagement. By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to CCE, not Facebook.

Overcoming Food Insecurity: Challenges & Solutions

Food Insecurity poster

Despite being the world's wealthiest nation, food insecurity is a growing problem in the United States. Food insecurity is the social and economic condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate and healthy food. In 2013, an estimated 14.3% of American Households were food insecure at some point (USDA). In Broome County, over 21% of children live in food insecure households (Foodbank of the Southern Tier). Discuss and learn more about this topic on March 16, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm in FA-212. A short 30-minute television segment, Hunger in America, will be followed by Q & A and a discussion led by Sean Cummings, manager of BU Acres, who will explore possible solutions to food insecurity in Broome County and on a national level. Information about opportunities to volunteer and take action will also be provided.


Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break

April 7-8, 2015

Attention international students: Take some time out of your Spring Break this year to make a difference in the greater Binghamton Community! Join the CCE and ISSS for two days of volunteering at local nonprofits. This is a great opportunity to learn about the local area, make a difference, meet new people, and explore new areas of interest. Transportation, breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.


Bridging the Digital Divide Program

 Contact: Dai Newman - bddp@binghamton.edu - 607-777-2536 - BDDP Website
 
bddp logoThe majority of US citizens consider access to internet technology a given in their everyday life. Here in Broome County there are many community members who don't; including youth from economically stressed backgrounds, senior citizens, the unemployed and under employed, immigrants, refugees, and formerly homeless individuals. The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) can use your help to get these people connected to the digital world!
 
Volunteer to TEACH basic computer literacy classes
  • Curriculum and activities provided
  • Learn from the CCE staff
  • Work with other committed students
  • Teach a group of community members who meet at a local nonprofit organization
  • Teach computer literacy to help bridge the digital divide!
  • Teach computer literacy using a tested, pre-developed curriculum.
Volunteer to REFURBISH computers for community members
  • Learn new skills from a computer refurbishment expert and retired electrical engineer with years of experience
  • Work in an ON CAMPUS workshop
  • Become familiar with hardware, software, and how computers operate
  • Help deliver refurbished computers to community members
***No previous experience required, only the passion to improve the lives of Binghamton community members by helping bridge the digital divide!***
 
Email bddp@binghamton.edu for more information about the Project or to get involved.
 
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Volunteer with Area Youth

Contact: Natalie Bock, Youth Engagement Coordinator - nbock1@binghamton.edu - 607-777-2536 - CCE Youth Engagement Website
 
Do you love working with children? Are you interested in volunteering this semester? If so, please submit our Youth Engagement Interest Form! Completing the form is not a commitment to volunteering – it just allows us to learn more about you and your interests.
 
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Community Emergency Response Team

Contact: Indy Li - ili2@binghamton.edu - 607-777-2536 - CERT Website
 
The Broome County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is looking for new members from Binghamton University. CERT is a group of civilians who are trained to become better prepared to mitigate and respond to hazards and emergencies in their communities. CERT members are trained in traffic control and highway safety, wilderness search and rescue, CPR and First Aid, basics of community emergency preparedness and disaster response, and shelter operations. The CERT responds to floods, severe storms, and other natural disasters, and also to large fairs and events to provide logistical support to professional emergency responders. Joining this team is a large but rewarding time commitment. Because of the on-going obligation after training, this opportunity is available to sophomores ONLY.
 
cert-firecert logo 2011 Flood in Binghamton

 

Last Updated: 4/24/15