Service On the Spot

Service On the Spot (S.O.S.)

The brand new 'Service On the Spot' initiative, sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, makes it easier than ever to get involved and make an impact on campus and in the Greater Binghamton community.

What is S.O.S.?

A convenient and fun way for students, faculty, and staff to participate in meaningful service on campus and in the community. Service On the Spot is a new program that helps address community and campus needs by incorporating the ideals of viral marketing and the recent popularity of flash mobs - a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform some act for a brief time, then disperse.

SOS Students
How Does it Work?

CCE puts out a “call for help” in the days and hours leading up to an event, sending out details about the specific service project via its e-mail list and social network sites, and recruiting individuals to participate in meaningful activities. Students who participate receive free food, free S.O.S. t-shirts, and have the opportunity to contribute to the community in a convenient, fun, and unique manner.

How Can You Participate?

Previous S.O.S. Events

 SOS VolunteersSOS StaffFebruary 16, 2011
The S.O.S. kickoff event arrived on the Binghamton University campus on February 16. It involved collecting students in the CCE office to be transported to Broome Community College so they could participate in a collaborative project between BU and BCC—Bridging the Digital Divide Project. This is a multi-year project which increases computer access to marginalized populations by refurbishing used computers that are then given to them through five local collaborating nonprofits, as well as providing computer literacy classes. For this particular activity, students unloaded, sorted, tested and then delivered equipment prior to the start of the refurbishing phase.
Click here to view photos from the event

Last Updated: 7/30/15