The Center for Civic Engagement and International Student and Scholar Services are organizing an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) for international students! Please join us on Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15 to participate in two full days of community service! Participants will have the unique opportunity to make a difference while learning about the community and connecting with new friends.

On Monday, April 14, students can volunteer at the Family Enrichment Network or at the Family and Children's Society. On Tuesday, April 15, students can volunteer at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park or at the Goodwill Theatre. ASB volunteers will assist these organizations by painting, leaf raking, and other related tasks to aesthetically improve the organizations' buildings.

Transportation between campus and the organization will be provided for all volunteers. Light breakfast snacks and complimentary lunches will be provided both days.

There will be a meeting for all ASB participants on Thursday, April 10 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in UU108. During this time students will have the opportunity to meet the other participants, learn about future volunteer roles, and discuss the importance of this experience. Volunteers will also receive a complimentary CCE t-shirt!

On Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15, students will meet CCE and ISSS staff in UU108 at 8:30am. Light breakfast snacks will be available. Students and staff will depart the union by 9:00am both days. Students should expect to return to campus at 3:30pm on both Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15.

Questions? Contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS Programming Coordinator, at

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Family Enrichment Network

The Family Enrichment Network provides support services for families and children in Broome and surrounding counties. Their vision is that all children and families in their service area have the opportunity to grow and develop to their full potential.
Some of the programs offered by this organization include:

• Adopt a Family – helps families in our community who need assistance during the holidays. Over 300 children and 100 families were provided with gifts this past holiday season.
• Coats for Kids – provides new and gently used coats for needy children.
• Head Start – offers comprehensive half-day and full-day programming, with services that include health, nutrition, early education and special services.
• Preschool – four year old children receive half-day center-based preschool experience five days a week, including meals and snacks.
• Summer Food Services – offers children a free and nutritious morning snack and lunch during the summer.

The Family Enrichment Network has been in existence for 36 years and serves an important role for families and children in the Greater Binghamton area. They are located at 24 Cherry St., Johnson City, N.Y.

The service being provided could include cleaning, sweeping, painting and other related tasks to clean up the building.

Family and Children's Society

The Family and Children's Society provides important human services to our community. Some of the programs they offer include:

• A number of different types of counseling (such as marriage, grief, depression, etc.)
• Home care aide services
• After school programs
• School-based family support

The Family and Children's Society has been a supportive place for local residents to turn to for help for more than 70 years. The main office is located at 257 Main St. in Binghamton, N.Y. They also have numerous satellite program sites throughout Broome County.

The service being provided could include cleaning, painting and other related tasks to clean up the building.

Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park officially opened in 1875 and is the fifth oldest zoological institution in the country. A wealthy businessman donated the 90-acre plot to the city of Binghamton with the stipulation that the land be used as a park for all the community to enjoy. In 1887 an electric-run trolley ran up Park Avenue by way of the old Washington Street bridge to create easy access to the park. A roller-coaster, swings, carousel, and a variety of other amusements helped Ross Park to flourish into a busy and popular recreational area.

Ross Park has undergone tremendous changes. What was once asphalt, concrete and steel bars is now winding wooded paths with naturalistic exhibits housing over 100 different species. A strong emphasis on conservation education has created an outreach program that serves over 20,000 people yearly. The zoo sits tucked into the northern face of Binghamton's South Mountain and is located at 60 Morgan Rd., Binghamton, N.Y.

The service being provided could include grounds work, leaf raking, garden preparation, cleaning and painting.

Goodwill Theatre

The Goodwill Theatre has had a long and interesting history. It was built in 1920 with funds provided by George F. Johnson for the enjoyment of Endicott Johnson Shoes employees and village residents. In its early years, it was used for boxing matches, traveling shows and concerts. For many years after, it operated as a movie theatre. The Theatre was closed for 22 years and the building fell into disrepair.
The Goodwill Theatre Inc. was established in 2001, with the mission of creating a professional performing arts complex and training academy to enrich the lives of local residents and visitors (acquiring additional buildings). In October of 2007, the Goodwill Theatre opened the Firehouse Stage as the first performance venue of the complex. This building, built in 1899, previously housed the Johnson City Police and Fire Departments.

When the entire project is completed, the Goodwill Theatre Complex and Professional Training Academy will house at least three year-round performance venues, including the 850 seat historic proscenium theater in the Goodwill Theatre, as well as two theaters in the Firehouse property.

The Goodwill Theatre will present and create theatre for young audiences; new works; dance, music, visual and media arts; as well as serve as rental space for local cultural organizations. Lobbies, rehearsal halls and classrooms will also be part of the complex. It is located at 67 Broad St., Johnson City, N.Y.

The service being provided could include cleaning, sweeping, scraping paint, painting, moving boxes, carpet cleaning and other related tasks to clean up the building.


Last Updated: 8/28/14