Students make Binghamton better



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JONATHAN COHEN
Students from the School of Management’s PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholars program turned a donated bus into a bookmobile. Renovations included staining and installing bookshelves, adding seats, carpeting the floor and decorating inside and out. The project benefits students of MacArthur Elementary School in Binghamton, who were displaced by the 2011 flood and are without a library.

Students don’t just study philanthropy, they make it happen. Here are some programs that benefited from student projects:

Mom’s House, $10,000. Mom’s House, which provides free childcare to low-income single parents who are going to school, was damaged in the 2011 flood. Students of David Campbell, associate professor of public administration, created a video and entered it in the Learning by Giving Foundation video contest. It won first place.

Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES), $15,000. VINES creates and sustains community gardens in Binghamton; SUNY VINES is the campus affiliate and entered the Newman’s Own Foundation Campus Community Service Challenge.

The Kopernik Observatory and Science Center, $2,000. The Manley’s Service Learning Project is a competition for students in the organizational and strategic leadership class and is funded by Manley’s Mighty Marts and Big Al’s Pizza.

The Philanthropy Incubator made three awards based on research and recommendations of students in Campbell’s undergraduate philanthropy class, funded by the Learning by Giving Foundation:

Oasis After-School Program, $1,000. It provides teens with after-school activities, including academic support and civic engagement.

United Health Services Foundation, $4,000.
The program provides health clinics, nutritional programming, mentorship and youth development support to students at two Binghamton elementary schools.

Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton, $5,000.
The grant supports the basketball program and helped buy a van to transport children.