2023 Group Project Schedule

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Alumni Food Drive at Universal Instruments
Monday, April 17 – Friday, April 21, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
33 Broome Corporate Parkway, Conklin
Captains: Suzanne Austenfeld ’86 and Monika Nowak ’17   
Binghamton University alumni at Universal Instruments will be hosting a food drive to benefit CHOW, the Binghamton area food bank. Blue food collection barrels will be posted at the main entrance and employee entrances.

Veteran Comfort Kit Drive
Monday, April 17 - Friday, April 28, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Alumni Center, Old O’Connor Hall, Binghamton University
Captain: Steve Seepersaud  
The Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross needs you to build comfort kits to provide military heroes with simple personal care items that many of us take for granted. Kits include: toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, nail clippers, toothpaste, conditioner, combs and razors. Items must be new and travel-sized. Build your kit by placing the above items inside one-gallon clear plastic zip bags. Drop off kits at the collection box at the Alumni Center reception desk on the first floor of Old O’Connor Hall.  

Binghamton University Women Spring Mulching Project
Friday, April 21, 9 a.m. – noon
Binghamton University Memorial Courtyard
Captains: Melinda Holicky and Michelle Gardner, MS ’19 
Maximum number of volunteers: 20
Adults Only
The Memorial Courtyard, located in the center of the Fine Arts Building, is dedicated to the memory of the 15 alumni who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Over time, memorials have been added as the courtyard has become the campus' destination for remembrance. Volunteers will weed and mulch garden beds to prepare this special contemplative place for spring. This project is only open to Binghamton University Women members. Wear outdoor work clothes and boots or sneakers that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring your work gloves, shovels, clippers, leaf rakes, garden rakes and spades. Wheelbarrows and mulch will be provided. Volunteers will meet in the Grand Corridor of the Fine Arts Building adjacent to the Memorial Courtyard. Park in the garage and we will provide a free pass to exit.

VINES Fence Removal
Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango St., Binghamton
Captains: Amelia LoDolce ’02 and Jamie Kirby 
Maximum number of volunteers: 15
This project will benefit Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES). Volunteers will be removing an old deer fence at the VINES farm, where food is grown for distribution to the community through the Farm Share program and donations to pantries. Wear closed-toe shoes as well as clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. Bringing water and work gloves is recommended.

American Civic Association Refugee Donated Goods
Friday, April 21, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
American Civic Association, 131 Front St., Binghamton
Captain: Christopher Anderson ’93  
Maximum number of volunteers: 10
The American Civic Association (ACA) is a nonprofit organization committed to helping immigrants and refugees start a new life in the Binghamton community while preserving their ethnic and cultural diversity. The ACA has been collecting donated clothes, bedding and other household goods to disseminate to the refugees they will resettle this year. As a result, storage spaces at their building are packed. Thanks to recent grants, ACA is renting space at the U-Haul Self Storage Units on Chenango Street in Binghamton. Volunteers will help transport donated items to the storage units and organize them. Wear casual clothes suitable for this type of work. You may want to bring water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat.

Reading Garden Spring Cleanup
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - noon
Friends of the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St., Binghamton
Captain: Susan Pitely ’98, ’01  
Maximum number of volunteers: 12
Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. We will be raking leaves, removing dead branches, trimming hedges and doing general cleanup of the garden. Bring work gloves. 

MALIK Fraternity Project 77 Animal Shelter
Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Broome County Humane Society, 167 Conklin Ave, Binghamton
Captains: Batur Shairzadeh and Omar Maflahi  
Minimum age: 16
Attendees will provide assistance to the shelter staff with cleaning, feeding and exposure to the service site.

Binghamton West Side Cleanup
Saturday, April 22, 1-3 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson School, 151 Helen St., Binghamton
Captain: Sophia Resciniti ’00, MSW ’06
Join your neighbors for the annual Binghamton West Side cleanup. City trash bags will be provided. Snacks and water will be provided. Wear clothing suitable for outdoor work. Bring work gloves.

Clean Up Broome County Humane Society
Friday, April 28, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Broome County Humane Society, 167 Conklin Ave., Binghamton
Captain: Kaitlin Maynard ’12  
Maximum number of volunteers: 10
Minimum age: 10 
We will be cleaning the grounds around the shelter and getting the garden ready for summer. Water and snacks will be provided. Wear clothing suitable for outside work. We’re sorry; this site is not accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Canawanna Nature Preserve Tree Planting
Friday, April 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Canawanna Nature Preserve, Water Street, Owego
Captain: Kevin Millar ’76 
Maximum number of volunteers: 30
Minimum age: 13 
In cooperation with the Owego Rotary Club, this project will plant 35 trees and 40 shrubs to enhance biodiversity of the nature preserve and reduce open canopy. The removal of invasive plants may be part of the project. Wear gardening attire and boots or sturdy shoes. Bring tools such as shovels, mattocks and pick axes, as well as a picnic lunch and beverage.




Soup Kitchen Serving 
Wednesday, April 12, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Broadway Community, Inc. 601 W. 114 St., Manhattan
Captain: Rory Clark ’05  
Maximum number of volunteers: 15
Broadway Community, Inc. (BCI) is a 40-year-old Morningside Heights-based human services agency that serves individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty through a broad range of programs including an overnight shelter, soup kitchen, on-site medical services, showers and more. Volunteers will help prepare and distribute breakfast and lunch. Anyone under the age of 18 years old is required to have consent from a legal guardian before volunteering, and anyone under the age of 14 years old must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. We’re sorry; this site is not accessible to individuals with disabilities.




Alumni of Color Network Community Garden Project
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
400 Montauk Community Garden, 956 New Lots Ave., Brooklyn
Captain: Jermel McClure ’18 
Minimum age: 13
This project will benefit NYC Parks Green Thumb. Join the Alumni of Color Network as we come together to volunteer in honor of Earth Day! Wear comfortable clothes suitable for gardening. Tools will be provided.




54th Annual Udalls Cove Cleanup
Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. - noon
Udalls Cove Park, Little Neck
(site is a five-minute walk from the Long Island Railroad Little Neck station and a 15-minute walk from the Q12 bus stop at Marathon Parkway and Northern Boulevard.)
Captain: Matt Symons ’93 
Maximum number of volunteers: 25
Meet at 9 a.m., at the back road (Sandhill Road) near Aurora Pond. Refreshments will be provided. We will provide you with heavy duty trash bags, work gloves and maps suggesting locations where your help is needed to clean the shoreline, wetlands and woodlands around the park. Family and friends are welcome. Plan to go off-trail where the terrain may be muddy. Wear long pants and sleeves. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. We’re sorry; this site is not accessible to individuals with disabilities.



Long Island National Cemetery Spring Beautification
Sunday, April 30, from 9 a.m. - noon
2040 Wellwood Ave., Farmingdale

Captain: Laurence Stein ’88 
Long Island National Cemetery is one of the largest and oldest vational Veterans' cemeteries in the country and serves as the final resting place to more than 350,000 service members and their family members. Volunteers will assist the cemetery’s staff with spring cleaning, including mulching and light planting of flowers and any similar tasks. The cemetery staff is often unable to complete these tasks and uses its limited funding to hire help when needed. Volunteers should wear work clothing suitable for raking, mulching and planting. Work gloves are useful. Light refreshments will be provided and most of the needed equipment will be provided by the cemetery staff. The minimum volunteer age is 10 (with responsible adult). 

Long Island Cares Garden Planting
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. - noon
75 Davids Dr., Hauppauge
Captain: Barbara Fisher ’82  
Maximum number of volunteers: 12
Adults Only
We will be planting a garden for Long Island Cares. Food donations are always appreciated if you want to bring items. This organization fights hunger on Long Island. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Bring sunscreen, gardening gloves and a hand towel, if possible.




Make a Shelter Animal Smile
***project has reached capacity***
Saturday, April 22, noon – 2 p.m.
This event will take place at the volunteer captain’s home in Mt. Kisco. The address will be emailed to registrants.
Captain: Marjorie Strelzyn-Witt ’81  
Calling all animal lovers! We will have a fun afternoon creating gift baskets filled with much-needed items for the rescue animals at the SPCA Westchester in Briarcliff Manor. The SPCA is one of the oldest humane societies in the U.S. It is a no-kill shelter committed to finding homes for all adoptable animals regardless of space or length of stay. Volunteers should try to collect gently-used clean towels, flat sheets and blankets (not comforters). The items are not mandatory as we will provide them. New dog and cat toys would be helpful but are not required. We’re sorry; this site is not accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Medical Supply Support
Friday, April 28, 10 a.m. - noon
AFYA Foundation 140 Saw Mill River Rd., Yonkers
Captain: Dan Black ’94  
Maximum number of volunteers: 20
Minimum age: 16 
AFYA helps provide necessary medical and health supplies to those in need around the world. Volunteers will help with assembling relief packs at the organization's Yonkers warehouse. Wear clothing appropriate for working in a warehouse. We’re sorry; the site is not accessible to those with disabilities. Volunteers will need to register on the organization’s website and sign a waiver prior to the event. 



Ronald McDonald House of Albany
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - noon
139 S. Lake Ave., Albany
Captain: Brian Rudolph ’10  
Maximum number of volunteers: 8
Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a strong, supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. Volunteer tasks are TBD. Wear casual clothing.




Potomac River Cleanup at Gravelly Point
***project has reached capacity***
Saturday, April 22, 9-11 a.m.

Gravelly Point, Arlington, Va.
Captain: Christina Ritter ’99  
Celebrate Earth Day by joining Potomac Conservancy for a safe and fun cleanup at Gravelly Point. We will help to keep the Potomac River a safe, healthy place to recreate outdoors. Dress accordingly for the weather. We’re sorry; this site is not accessible to individuals with disabilities.

DC Central Kitchen
Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Klein Center, 2121 1st St. SW, Washington
(note: this is a different site from previous years)
Captain: Shari Lawrence Pfleeger ’70, LHD ’00  
Maximum number of volunteers: 30
Minimum age: 13 
Join us as we help DC Central Kitchen feed the hungry! We will be doing meal preparation tasks such as cutting vegetables, preparing salads and packaging meals. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Hair must be pulled back. No tank or halter tops. A COVID vaccination is required to participate. You can eat at the Central Kitchen café once your volunteer work is complete.
Parking: Colonial Lot on-site ($17 daily) or Marina Lot ($15 daily) 
Public Transit: Green Line to Waterfront, then 74 Bus (7 Stops to V Street SW & 1st Street SW). 



Share Food Program of Philadelphia
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. - noon
Share Food Program, 2901 W. Hunting Park, Philadelphia
Captains: Jennifer Gay ’01 and Katie Law ’96 
Minimum age: 13
Maximum number of volunteers: 12
We will be working with the Share Food Program in its warehouse doing tasks such as packing, sorting, organizing and preparing orders. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.




Charlotte Street Cleanup
Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. - noon
Endhaven Lane, Ballantyne
Captains: Diana Correa ’13 and Brady Drummond-Ryan ’79  
Maximum number of volunteers: 25
Minimum age: 10 
Join us for a morning of cleanup and comradery! Meet the group at the Ballantyne Village Panera (14835 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte) at 9 a.m. Then, we’ll head to Endhaven Lane at 10 a.m., to start our mile-long street cleanup. Breakfast is a Dutch treat; cleanup materials will be provided by the Scouts organization. This event will take place rain or shine; dress accordingly for the weather.

Food Bank Warehouse
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. - noon
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh
Captain: Melissa Yanek ’04  
Maximum number of volunteers: 15
Minimum age: 13
Volunteers are expected to participate in tasks such as sorting produce and placing items in family-size bags, sorting donations from retail stores, cleaning, bagging, and building boxes for senior citizens. Wear closed-toe shoes, and suitable clothing for the elements as some activities may be outdoors.

MANNA Food Bank of Asheville
Friday, April 28, 9 a.m. - noon
MANNA Food Bank, 627 Swannanoa River Rd., Asheville
Captains: Ray Russolillo ’80 and Chris Strub ’07  
Maximum number of volunteers: 8
Projects change daily in the warehouse based on need, and could include sorting and packing food donations, packing housewares and hygiene products, culling and bagging produce or assembling MANNA Packs. Volunteers serving in the warehouse need to be able to stand for two or three hours and lift at least 25 pounds. Bending, stooping and twisting may be required. If volunteers are not physically able to do this, a suitable project can be found. Children ages 5-15 are welcome to volunteer with a parent or adult chaperone and must be registered. Volunteers 16-17 years old can volunteer without adult supervision, but will need to sign a waiver. Closed-toe shoes are required. Warehouse temperature matches the outdoor temperature, so dress accordingly.




Community Clean Up
Sunday, April 23, 9-10 a.m.
35 39th Pl., Long Beach
Captain: Jonathan Weiner ’97   
Maximum number of volunteers: 8
Minimum age: 12
Our team will spend an hour picking up in the community, including along the beach. Bring work gloves and any tall type of garbage bag.




AZCEND Food Bank Rehabilitation
Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. - noon
AZCEND, 345 S. California St., Chandler
Captain: Amy Hyatt ’78 
Maximum number of volunteers: 40
Adults Only
Our group will assist the AZCEND Food Bank with food distribution, cleaning the facility, organizing and perhaps doing some painting and landscaping. This facility has been helping to feed the community for more than 50 years. Wear casual clothing that can get dirty. Bring a bottle of water if desired.




Feeding New Mexico
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - noon
Roadrunner Food Bank, 5840 Office Blvd. NE, Albuquerque
Captain: Joseph Weiss ’96   
Minimum age: 13
Volunteers will help with traffic control, bagging produce and loading food into vehicle. Shoes must be closed-toe and closed-heel and offer protection against hazards. Shirts must have sleeves over the shoulder (no tank tops or muscle shirts). Shorts or skirts must be mid-length or mid-thigh. Purses, backpacks, bags, and other personal belongings should be left at home. Cell phone and ear bud/headphone use is restricted.



Pet Shelter Landscaping
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. - noon
PAWS, 15305 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood
Captain: Gleb Margolin ’16  
Maximum number of volunteers: 25
Minimum age: 13
Help one of the oldest animal shelters in the area by doing landscaping tasks such as weeding, grubbing invasive blackberries, and spreading mulch on dog walking or wildlife interpretive trails. Wear clothing that is comfortable for outdoor work.