Binghamton University students recognized for charity work


BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton University student group, Colleges Against Cancer (CAC), in partnership with a local charitable organization, A Room to Heal, was recognized nationally by Newman’s Own Foundation.  A Room to Heal was awarded $7,500, as part of the Foundation’s first-ever Campus Community Service Challenge.

Foundation Award


With the assistance of Binghamton University students, A Room to Heal has continued to make a difference for children affected by serious medical conditions that physically and emotionally benefit from a healing environment in their home.  As part of their mission, the students are committed to working in the area of “survivorship.”  By taking part in the assistance of painting a room, promoting the organization on and off campus and fundraising opportunities, student volunteers have been directly affecting the quality of life of many children and families within the organization.

According to Linda Solomons, a co-founder of A Room to Heal, working with the students from Binghamton University has been a very positive experience.

“With the help from CAC, and their direct connection with other student organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and residential communities, we have been able to utilize their commitment to volunteerism, dedication to helping others and leadership skills to fulfill our mission,” said Solomons. “The students have been able to benefit as well by being able to connect to the larger community and meeting adults involved in a wealth of businesses, organizations and volunteer projects.”

The grant application was reviewed by the Campus Community Service Challenge selection panel. The judges, representing leaders in philanthropy and social activism, included:

·      Rebecca Lobo, basketball analyst for ESPN and former player in the Women’s National Basketball Association.

·      John Marshall, former president of the Kresge Foundation

·      Ryan Scott, CEO and founder of Causecast

Grant recommendations were based on Colleges Against Cancer’s involvement with the charity’s mission and program, and the impact the grant money would have on the populations served.  The judges also considered the degree in which the groups reflect Paul Newman’s spirit of creativity and commitment. 

“Paul Newman believed that giving back is the greatest opportunity and responsibility for making the world a better place,” said Bob Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation.  “Continuing his philanthropic legacy, Newman’s Own Foundation is proud to support the ideas, work, and partners of the Colleges Against Cancer, who are making a difference in their communities today and who will continue to lead long after their days at Binghamton University.” 

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Last Updated: 9/17/13