Current Events and Programs for Students
Alternative Spring Break
Are you staying in Binghamton for spring break? The Binghamton University Alternative Spring Break program is open to any student interested in sticking around campus during spring break to give back to the greater Binghamton community. Participants will complete service projects at six local nonprofit organizations over the course of two days (April 11-12). Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided, and students can choose to participate for two days or just one. Alternative Spring Break is cosponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and International Student Scholar Services. Register online.
2017 Service Sites:
American Red Cross
Raise awareness about the Red Cross's Home Fire Campaign! Fire-related deaths can be reduced by up to 25% when a smoke detector is properly installed. The Home Fire Campaign provides free installation of smoke detectors in residential homes. Volunteers will go door to door in several neighborhoods around Binghamton distributing door hangers announcing the Home Fire Campaign.
Broome County Council of Churches
The Broome County Council of Churches (BCCC) is an organization that serves local people with needs, including the hungry, elderly and lonely, disabled, sick, imprisoned, homeless, poor and youth of Broome County. BCCC advocates for change and reconciliation, promoting peace, justice and genuine community across racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic and religious lines.
Volunteers will paint several BCCC offices, providing a clean, fresh working environment for BCCC staff so they can continue to devote their time to the important work of helping those in our community who need it the most.
Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc.
Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc. (CVAC) is a safe, welcoming environment for people who have been a victim of, or affected by, a crime. They provide free counseling to survivors as well as a 24-hour crisis line and advocacy program. Volunteers will perform various tasks associated with cleaning and painting the CVAC office, which is a very large building. Tasks will include painting, moving boxes, hosing down areas, planting, raking and other jobs.
Endicott Performing Arts Center
Endicott Performing Arts Center is a 325-seat historic theater located in downtown Endicott, offering the community high quality performing arts events, performing opportunities and performing arts education. Volunteers will be divided into two groups. One group will decorate a set of stairs which will serve as part of the set for an upcoming children’s musical theater workshop. The other group will sort and organize costumes and cut material.
Family Enrichment Network
The Family Enrichment Network provides supportive services for the optimal development of children and families. Volunteers will clean the Family Enrichment Network building, cleaning windows and stairwells, raking outside and cleaning out and organizing a large shed.
Broome County YMCA
The YMCA offers many programs that provide opportunities for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA currently provides housing for 87 homeless men. Volunteers will help improve the residence halls by painting the floors.
Goals, Leadership & Teamwork: A Passion to Action workshop
3-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 10
Explore your personal leadership style and learn strategies for working with different types of people in this Passion to Action workshop. Alison Handy Twang, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement, will discuss how to identify leadership styles and provide strategies for successfully working with others of different leadership styles. Nick Doran, Vote Everywhere Ambassador with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, will teach participants how to work as a team to create S.M.A.R.T. goals to help organize and plan realistic steps toward achieving objectives.
Passion to Action Community Issues Form
Making Healthcare Great Again? — A discussion on post-election health policy
3-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Wondering about the state of healthcare in the United States and the implications of repealing or reforming the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)? Join the Center for Civic Engagement for a Passion to Action forum: “Making Healthcare Great Again? — A Discussion on Post-Election Health Policy” from 3-5 p.m. Friday, February 24 in UU-102.
A panel of health policy experts will address concerns surrounding healthcare cost, access and quality and, more specifically, the implications of changing healthcare policy on a local, state and national scale. Learn about the possible effects of repealing or reforming the PPACA, as well as what to expect with the new administration’s healthcare plan.
A. Serdar Atav, professor of health policy and research
Gary James, professor of anthropology and director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Health Care
Julie Weisberg, director of public communications at Family Planning of South Central New York
Nicole Zulu, PhD student with a focus on healthcare policy and the PPACA
Passion to Action Workshop
Know Your Rights: Legality, Safety & Activism
3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
Understand your rights as a student activist! Learn about campus policies that pertain to activism and protesting and discover tips for staying safe while making your voice heard. Featuring speaker Timothy Faughnan, Chief of Police, New York State University Police. This workshop is open to students, staff and faculty.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7
Interested in environmental studies, sustainability, and urban agriculture? VINES offers many internships and volunteer opportunities! Learn more about this community organization at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 in UU-102. Light refreshments provided.
Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, INC. (VINES) is an organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system, by bringing together diverse groups of people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community gardens, urban agriculture and community green spaces. Learn more about VINES on their website.
We Have Issues — Contact your elected officials!
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays
1-2 p.m. on Wednesdays
Have you talked to your elected officials recently about policy issues that matter to you? They are there to listen if you are willing to speak. So give them a call and break the ice! We Have Issues is here to support you as you make your voice heard. Come to one of our weekly meetings to find out which elected officials represent you, learn strategies for contacting them and stay on the beat about local, state and federal policy issues up for consideration. This is a non-partisan meeting not intended to pressure anyone to accept or advocate for specific views.
Meetings will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Center for Civic Engagement (UU-137). A cell phone will be available for use. Even this small action of calling your representatives can make a big impact and will support a foundation for lifelong political engagement. So come by and make a call!
For more information email Jenn Dum.
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
Volunteer with Area Youth
Community Emergency Response Team