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Community Health Engagement Opportunities

 

Community Health Engagement Opportunities (CHEO) is a community health initiative started by the Binghamton University Center for Civic Engagement. CHEO's goals are twofold: 1) expand access to community-based learning experiences for students interested in health-related academic fields and 2) provide University support to the numerous community organizations already working to provide health-related resources and assistance to the Binghamton and Broome County communities.

Get Involved in Community Health!

» Complete the Interest Form to let us know you're interested in community health-related volunteer opportunities. This is not a commitment to volunteering, just a first step to seeing what's available!

Students who wish to participate in a CCE community-based program and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate in certain programs. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact Alison Twang with any questions.

The state of health in Broome County

Broome County currently ranks 56 of 62 counties in New York state based on average length and quality of life, and 43 of 62 based on social and economic factors affecting community health — unemployment, childhood poverty, income inequality, single-parent households, etc. (2016 County Health Rankings and Roadmap). While there is obviously much room for improvement, many local community organizations and agencies are working hard to improve our community's overall health. Students interested in health-related fields can find a number of ways to aid in this effort while getting valuable professional experience.

CHEO Volunteer Opportunities

American Civic Association

Come volunteer at the American Civic Association, a local Binghamton non-profit organization that is committed to helping incoming immigrant and refugees begin a new life in the Binghamton community while still holding onto their ethnic customs and traditions.

Volunteers can expect to help with...

  • Mental Health Promotion Programming: Volunteers are needed to think of and implement approved programs that would help to increase mental health well being. Programs ideas can include but are not limited to art, exercise, and cooking classes.
  • Grant Writing: Volunteers are needed to help write grants to receive funding for materials to help efficiently run the facility and run and host programming and events.
  • IT Tasks: Volunteers are needed to help with programming software onto the ACA computers and making sure the technology is running efficiently and is not experiencing any problems.
  • Social Media Presence: Volunteers are needed to help increase awareness for ACA events through social media and marketing strategies such as updating social media pages and creating and distributing flyers.
  • Event Planning: Volunteers are need to commit to a planning team to help plan large community events at the ACA such as the annual Garlic Festival and All Nations Parade day event.

Volunteers are needed...

  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fridays

Transportation:

Volunteers will need their own transportation


Vestal Senior Center

Volunteers can expect to help with...

  • Instructing a "bonesaver" weight training class for senior residents

This hour-long gentle routine provides strength training and is done slowly with hand and ankle weights.

Qualifications:

Volunteers undergo a brief training period before leading a class.

Volunteers are needed:

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Transportation:

Volunteers will need their own transportation.


Susquehanna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Volunteer at the Susquehanna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a facility for residents in need of short-term rehabilitative services as well as those in need of long-term skilled nursing services.

Volunteers can expect to help with...

  • Assist with recreational activities for residents such as Bingo and music programs
  • Transport residents to and from programs
  • Help with kitchen preparations and serve food during dinner hours

Qualifications:

Volunteers must have their flu vaccination or wear an antiviral face mask during volunteer hours in the winter.

Volunteers are needed:

For bingo and music programs:

  • 2-4 p.m. Saturdays

For dining room services:

  • 4-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Transportation:

Volunteers will need their own transportation.​


Johnson City Senior Center

Volunteer at the Johnson City Senior Center, a community center that provides recreation, health and educational programs for seniors in Broome County.

Volunteers can expect to...

  • Create new programs for seniors involving exercise, nutrition and mental awareness and wellness
  • Help with kitchen preparations, bingo and the front desk

Volunteers are needed:

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays starting Feb. 15, 2018

Transportation:

Volunteers will need their own transportation.​


YMCA Swim Assistants

Volunteers are needed to assist with swim instruction at the YMCA.

Volunteers can expect to...

  • Assist swimming instructor both in and out of the water by serving as a positive role model and helping maintain class order and ensure the safety of all participants.
  • Assist with swim instruction. Volunteers 18 and older who are certified as a swim instructor might be placed on their own with a group of children.
  • Teach a water fitness class.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 13 years old.
  • To work with "Parent/Child, Pre-school, Beginner Youth" program: Must be able to bob, float, swim the width of the pool in front crawl, back crawl, side stroke and elementary backstroke.
  • To work with "Advanced swim levels:" Demonstrate at least four of the six strokes in decent form for 25 yards (length of pool) for each stroke, tread water for at least one minute.

Volunteers are needed:

West Family YMCA:

  • 4-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 1-2 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • 1-2 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Fridays
  • 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays

Binghamton YMCA:

  • 6-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays

Transportation:

Volunteers will need their own transportation.


 

Last Updated: 5/10/18