Current Events and Programs for Students
Student Community Service Survey
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.
Passion to Action: How to Make Change
May 6, 2015
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
Learn about Local AmeriCorps Positions
May 8, 2015
Join the Rural Health Service Corps, a division of AmeriCorps, and make a difference for people in Broome County. Rural Health Service Corps members focus on health access and education, systemic food insecurity, and independent living for the elderly, homebound and people with disabilities. Learn more at this info session! Alison Handy Twang. Assistant Director of Rural Health Service Corps, will talk about paid AmeriCorps positions for Summer and Fall 2015, and current AmeriCorps members will discuss their experiences. Check out some of the positions listed on the CCE Service Listings.
Binghamton for Nepal
On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, resulting in 6,100+ confirmed fatalities and 14,000+ injured. Thousands are still unaccounted for and the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000. 2.8 million people have lost their homes are in need of food, water and shelter.
A group of Binghamton University students with close ties to Nepal are working to raise money to support relief efforts through the America Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF). ANMF is a 501(c)(3) TAX-EXEMPTED registered non-profit organization in the US with organizational structure both here and in Nepal and counts many physicians and other medical professionals as its members. It has actively supported health education and other health related projects in Nepal since 1997.
- 100% of all donations go directly to hospitals and victims in Nepal
- Every member of ANMF is a volunteer with ZERO pay and no overhead cost
- ANMF members are on the frontline in Nepal with accurate knowledge of culture and geopolitics
- Most members are doctors, nurses and medical professionals with close ties to Nepal working with zeal and transparency
To donate to the relief fund or find out more about the organization, visit the ANMF website.
Past Events - Spring 2015
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$h for Charity event! We are inviting teams of 2 to 5 people who would like to donate to a cause while having a great time! Teams will gather sponsors and for every geocache a team finds, their sponsors will donate a set amount to a charity or organization of the team's choice.
1. Choose a Charity
The first step is to choose a charity or cause that is important to you and your team. If you need ideas, check out some of the organizations in our Service Listings Database.
3. Gather Sponsors
Once a team has registered, an email will be sent to the team leader with a sponsor sheet attached. Ask your friends, family, and professors to sponsor your team. Each sponsor will agree to donate a certain amount of money for each geocache your team finds. Sponsors may also donate a lump sum up front, if they prefer.
4. Find the Geocaches!
10 unique geocaches will be hid around campus starting April 26. We will email your team GPS coordinates at 8:30am on April 26, and your team will have until May 2 to find as many of the caches as you can. You should bring a pen or pencil and sign your TEAM NAME on the log in each cache. Also each team should take at least 2 pictures while geocaching, and post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ccegeocash.
5. Donate the Money
After the Geo-Ca$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!
Join the College Democrats and College Republicans as they debate Minimum Wage, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and Campaign Finance. Thursday, April 30 in the Mandela Room, from 8:00pm to 9:30pm.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement.
Science Library 210
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
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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