Meet alumni, make a difference
By Steve Seepersaud
Spring is just around the corner. Yes, in some areas (like Binghamton) that's hard to believe, but as you start to think about activities to celebrate the return of spring, make plans to spend a few hours with your fellow alumni in late April. Good people will be doing good works.
The third annual Alumni Global Day of Service will take place Friday-Sunday, April 28-30. About 30 alumni have stepped up to lead volunteer service projects in communities across the world with higher numbers of Binghamton University alumni. We'll be looking for project volunteers starting in March. At this point, we are no longer accepting project submissions from would-be site leaders.
Florina Altshiler '02, leader of the Alumni Association's Buffalo Chapter, will coordinate a volunteer project at Journey's End Refugee Services. This is in response to the recent Executive Order placing limitations on the admittance of refugees into the United States.
"We hope to impact the refugee community locally by offering support and assistance through an impactful day with all hands on board," Altshiler said. "We welcome anyone interested to give of their time and offer assistance. This will be a meaningful way to help an organization that is doing wonderful work while also meeting local alumni in the area and sharing a common goal."
For the second straight year, Gary Kibel '90, MBA '92, Alumni Association vice president, is organizing a volunteer project at The Cottage School in Pleasantville, N.Y., a residential treatment facility for children ages 7-21. Alumni will work alongside the students preparing their vegetable garden, and will play sports outside with the kids.
"The children are absolutely thrilled when volunteers come to the school," Kibel said. "Spending time with them is special enough, but knowing that we are helping them grow food that they will eat months later proves the value of our efforts. The smiles on their faces make this a tremendously rewarding day."
If you're not able to make it to an alumni-led project, or your area does not offer one, you can still participate in Alumni Global Day of Service by engaging in volunteerism any time during the weekend, and sharing your story with us. Alumni can also support our effort by making a gift to The Binghamton Fund in honor of Alumni Global Day of Service.
You'll see more details, as well as links to register online for a service project, in an email message from the Alumni Association in a few weeks. In the meantime, visit the Alumni Global Day of Service website for more information.
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