Community Organizations: Getting Started
Working with the Center for Civic Engagement at Binghamton University will be rewarding for your organization, allowing you to connect with the thousands of Binghamton University students who participate in volunteer opportunities and internships every year. By utilizing CCE resources, your organization will benefit from exposure to these students and will be able to recruit them to help with your various projects and opportunities. (Learn more about the mutual benefits internships have for you and for students on the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development's website.)
The CCE has two forums through which we can promote opportunities that you may wish to publicize to students: the Service Listings database and a weekly Student Newsletter. We recently implemented a new procedure for submitting these opportunities (i.e. short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities, internships, research assistantships, etc.). All submissions must now be entered into the Service Listings database. The newsletter content will derive directly from the Service Listings as new opportunities are entered. This streamlined process will make it easier for students and community partners to connect.
The CCE Service Listings is a searchable database located on the Binghamton University Center for Civic Engagement website. It contains hundreds of community organizations and the opportunities they have available for students to be engaged in the community. Adding your organization to the Service Listings is a great way to recruit volunteers, interns, mentors, research assistants and more.
What can the Service Listings be used for?
- Create visibility for your organization and its mission.
- Promote the availability of specific project opportunities (i.e. paid or unpaid internships, research projects, fundraisers and/or other ongoing or future service opportunities).
- Connect with/stay updated on projects and programs at other community organizations.
- If your organization is already registered in the Service Listings, log into your account.
- If your organization is not already registered, add your organization.
- Once logged in, you will be able to add new listings, edit old listings or edit your organization's profile.
- Things to keep in mind when adding an opportunity to the Service Listings: The opportunities with the highest rates of response include a full, detailed explanation of what is expected and why it is a worthwhile endeavor. Be sure to fill out the submission form completely, including the expected time commitment, any training requirements or other prerequisites, etc. Most students (like most adults) prefer to know what will be expected of them before they make a commitment.
Weekly Student Newsletter
The CCE’s weekly student newsletter is emailed to nearly 5,000 self-subscribed students every Thursday evening, promoting both long and short-term civic engagement opportunities in the community.
How are items added to the newsletter?
- The contents of the newsletter are derived directly from the Service Listings as new opportunities are entered. All opportunities should be entered directly into the Service Listings database by the sponsoring group or organization.
- Once your opportunity has been added to the Service Listings and approved by CCE staff, a link to the listing will appear in the next two weekly newsletters. The newsletter is sent out Monday evening, so please submit opportunities by noon on Monday of the week you would like it to be included for the first time in the newsletter.
- Exceptions: Events you are promoting simply to spread the word and increase attendance (fundraisers, 5Ks, etc.) and scholarship, award or publication opportunities should NOT be entered into the Service Listings. These can be emailed to us at email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday for inclusion in that week's newsletter. Only opportunities that involve students engaging in work on behalf of the community should be entered into the Service Listings (i.e. short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities, internships, community-based research assistantships, etc.).
Why are the newsletter and the Service Listings now integrated?
- Students no longer have to look in two places to make sure they've seen all of the opportunities available to them.
- Our community partners are now able to reach more students (those that receive the newsletter and those that search the Service Listings) while only submitting the information once.
- This process makes it easier for us at the CCE to facilitate campus/community connections and track what is working and what isn't so that we can best serve our students and our community partners.
If you have any questions or concerns about promoting your opportunities to students through the Service Listings or Student Newsletter, please contact Laura Reindl, assistant director for communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 607-777-3611.
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