Binghamton University
2017 Alumni Global Day of Service
Project Schedule

Alumni Global Day of Service We’re grateful to our alumni who have volunteered to lead service projects in their communities on April 28, 29 and 30. Registration has closed for the projects below; this schedule is a resource for the volunteers who have registered at the following sites.

You can still be part of our effort by conducting independent service on your own or with a group of family and friends. 

You can also support Alumni Global Day of Service and share your #BingPride by making a gift today to The Binghamton Fund. By making a gift to the University's annual giving program, you provide immediate support to our campus. Celebrate your Binghamton experience by helping another student receive a great Binghamton education!

 

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Visions Federal Credit UnionIn the Greater Binghamton area, Alumni Global Day of Service is presented by Visions Federal Credit Union. Visions is a member-owned, nonprofit financial institution based in the Binghamton area, and values its community engagement, sponsoring a wide variety of local events each year and lending helping hands to a number of causes.

Project: Sleeping Bag Project
Site Leader: Rose Frierman, MA '90  
Location: The Alumni Center at Binghamton University, Old O'Connor Hall
Date: Friday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Description: Volunteers can bring used but laundered sheets, towels, wash cloths, quilts, neckties, scarves and T-shirts to the Alumni Center. Rose will deliver them to the site so they can be made into sleeping bags for the homeless. This project is coordinated by My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group and is made up of individuals and groups desiring to help the homeless by making simple sleeping bags from recycled fabrics and distributing them free to those who need them.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Casual


Project: Welcoming the Warm Weather!

Site Leader: Patricia Alikakos ’04 
Location: Mom's House, 770 Harry L Dr., Johnson City
Date: Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to noon
Description: Mom's House is a nonprofit organization that provides free daycare to single parents pursuing their education. We are planning an outdoor clean-up day to prepare for the warmer weather. The facility will need to have the leaves and debris cleared from winter. There will also be a needs list available at a later date for those who would like to collect items for donations.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Casual/comfortable


Project: Town of Maine Road Cleanup with the I Run For... Half Marathon Organization

Site Leader: Matthew Yudin ’15 
Location: Meet at Town of Maine Park, 2693 NYS Route 26, Maine
Date: Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon (rain date is Sunday, April 30)
Description: The countryside is beautiful in the Town of Maine; however, roads such as Route 26 and Nanticoke Road can collect a fair amount of litter. Our group of volunteers will support the efforts of the I Run For... Half Marathon Organization and the town to create a cleaner, greener Maine.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 12 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Work clothes: jeans, sneakers or boots, work gloves


Project: Spring Cleaning at the Zoo

Site Leader: Kelli Krieger, MAT ’02, MA ‘03
Location: Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, 185 Park Ave., Binghamton
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: Help us do some spring cleaning at America’s fifth oldest zoo.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, with responsible adult
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Comfortable outdoor clothes that can get dirty


Project: Boys and Girls Club

Site Leader: Tom Mastro ’16 
Location: The Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome, Clubhouse Rd, Endicott
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Description: Volunteers will engage in a variety of tasks including refreshing landscaping, painting, equipment organization and building, playground refreshing and possibly development of the nature walk.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Clothing suitable for painting and outdoor work

 

Project: Broome County Humane Society
Site Leaders: Elise Thornley '12 and Kaitlin Maynard '12 
Location: The Broome County Humane Society http://bchumanesoc.com/ 2 Jackson St., Binghamton
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Description: Volunteers will assist with spring clean-up and packing to facilitate relocation to their new building. Tasks may including painting, yard work, cleaning and organizing. The Humane Society is dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and providing homes for companion animals. The organization serves the community by sheltering animals, finding animals homes, investigating reports of animal cruelty, educating people of all ages and rescuing animals from threatening situations.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation, free parking
Attire: Dress for the weather and tasks; please bring a pair of work gloves


Project: Cleaning the Haunt!

Site Leaders: Ashley AuPont ’13, MPA ’16, MSW ’16 and Emily Tier '11, MSW '16
Location: Southern Tier Independence Center, 135 E. Frederick St., Binghamton
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Description: The Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC) is a community-based nonprofit organization located in downtown Binghamton that helps children and adults with disabilities. STIC provides a variety of programs that decrease the barriers in society for people with disabilities. We will be helping the organization with cleanup and demolition of a building used in past years for games and a haunted house.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation, Free parking
Attire: Jeans or long pants, gloves, long sleeve shirts, protective eye wear


Project: Demolition and Construction at the Binghamton Rescue Mission

Site Leader: Kyle Nedlik ’14 
Location: Binghamton Rescue Mission, 56-58 Whitney Ave., Binghamton
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: The Binghamton Rescue Mission provides a residence for men who have experienced homelessness or are referred by local agencies. Volunteers will help with various demolition and drywalling of the Binghamton Rescue Mission's newly purchased property, which lies adjacent to its current facility. The new property is intended to help women experiencing the same challenges once it’ s functional. A spring cleanup of the facility grounds may also take place.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 10 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Jeans, long sleeves, work boots or heavy duty sneakers, work gloves


Project: Harry L. Johnson Monument Restoration

Site Leader: Dai Korba ’12, MPA ‘16 
Location: 115 Main St., Johnson City
Date: Saturday April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date Sunday, April 30)
Description: Our group will be cleaning the Harry L. Johnson monument located in the small park adjacent to Your Home Public Library using techniques which follow the Secretary of the Interior's guidelines. Part of the Endicott-Johnson shoe company, Harry L. was the youngest of the Johnson brothers. He was a champion of community and home life, and is credited with creating the EJ workers' housing program, as well as supporting the creation of the library, area parks, rec centers, fire stations and hospitals.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 13 minimum
Site accessible by: Public transportation, free parking
Attire: Work clothes, suitable for outdoor activity

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New York City

Project: Daily Dish Volunteers
Site Leader: Fiona Nugent ’13 
Location: Ronald McDonald House New York, 405 E. 73 St., Manhattan
Date: Sunday, April 2, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Description: We will cook a meal for around 45 residents staying at the Ronald McDonald house. The house provides a place to stay and food for oncology patients and their families as they receive treatment in New York City.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation, paid parking
Attire: Casual


Project: Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

Site Leader: Raymond Russolillo ’80 
Location: Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, 296 Ninth Avenue, Manhattan
Date: Friday, April 21, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: Every day at 10:30 a.m., hundreds of hungry and homeless New Yorkers walk through the doors of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen to get a warm, nutritious meal and seek help in finding their way on to a better way of life. But 45 minutes beforehand, another crowd is gathering: 50-60 volunteers who will make sure that happens. From greeting guests to serving food, cleaning tables to passing out haircut vouchers, it is our volunteers who enable us to be here for our guests every day. One of the most important things we do is to treat our guests with dignity and respect, and as a volunteer this is part of your job too. A warm smile or some friendly conversation can really help brighten our guests’ days – and as a volunteer you might be surprised at how much this experience will brighten yours as well!
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 7 minimum
Site accessible by: Public transportation
Attire: Casual – jeans and comfortable shoes

Project: Marine Park Spring Planting Day
Site Leader: Sarah Charlop-Powers ’99
Location: Gerritsen Avenue (between Lois and Seba avenues), Brooklyn
Date: Friday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain date Saturday, April 29)
Description: Volunteers will be helping to plant 4,000 native trees to improve coastal forest conditions in Marine Park, Brooklyn's largest park. The Natural Areas Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and conserving the city's green and blue spaces.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 10 minimum
Site accessible by: Public transportation, free parking
Attire: Weather appropriate thick-soled shoes, long sleeves and pants

Project: Mother’s Day Flower Pots
Site Leader: Adam Zahn ’10 
Location: Lott Residence, 1261 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to noon
Description: April showers bring May flowers. Let's have a fun afternoon with the seniors of Lott Residence by decorating flower pots with them. Enjoy a few hours with the seniors giving them a place to grow their May flowers!
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes
Site accessible by: Public transportation
Attire: Casual


Project: Transfiguration School Paint Update

Site Leaders: William Kwan ’92 and Dennis Espina '93
Location: Transfiguration School, 37 St. James Place, Manhattan
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Volunteers will help paint school bathrooms (including stalls) with oil-based paint as well as outside gates. Potentially, another project is to work with a gardener to setup a watering hose with automatic timer to pump water to the flower boxes at the Pre-K school area.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 11 minimum
Site accessible by: Public transportation, paid parking
Attire: Casual clothes for painting


Project: Publicolor - Paint a School

Site Leader: George Gilbert '11 
Location: Murry Bergtraum High School, 411 Pearl St., Manhattan
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Description: Between 15 and 30 volunteers will partner with adolescent youths to paint a school. Each volunteer is paired with a student for the day. The student will teach the volunteer how to paint and the volunteer can offer friendship, mentorship and personal advice.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation, paid parking
Attire: Clothes you don't mind getting paint on


Project: Painting and Cleaning Community Center on Lower East Side

Site Leaders: Tahmina Igamberdiev ’13 and Kimberly Brower '14 
Location: Grand Settlement - Rutgers Community Center, 200 Madison St., Manhattan
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Description: Grand Settlement is a non-profit organization that has several locations throughout New York City and provides services to seniors, families, children, and other groups in need of assistance. This event will be focused on cleaning and painting one of their locations in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Rutgers Community Center.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation
Attire: Comfortable shoes and clothes you don't mind getting paint on


Project: In Memory of General Grant

Site Leader: Jerlin Cuesta ’03  
Location: Grant's Tomb, Riverside Drive and 122 Street, Manhattan
Date: Saturday, April 29, from noon to 4 p.m.
Description: Spring is a great time to help out and rake up leaves, cleaning the area set aside for the memory of one of our early presidents.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 12 minimum
Site accessible by: Public transportation
Attire: Casual


Project: Design on a Dime

Site Leader: Robyn Jaffe ’08
Location: The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18 St., Manhattan
Date: Saturday, April 29 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Description: Design on a Dime challenges interior designers to create unique room vignettes curated with donated merchandise from well-known home decor brands and artists. All merchandise in these one-of-a-kind rooms is then sold at charitable prices to design-savvy attendees. Last year’s event was a huge success, raising over $1.2 million for homeless New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Proceeds from Design on a Dime 2017 benefit Housing Works' efforts to provide lifesaving services, including healthcare and housing, to New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and homelessness. During the event, we will take on the critical position of running SOLD tags between the cashier and purchased items. This is great opportunity for those who like to be active!
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation, free parking, paid parking
Attire: Comfortable clothing and shoes

Project: Binghamton Alumni Volunteering at SHAPE Women's Half Marathon in Central Park
Site Leader: Michael Schnall ’97  
Location: Start line is at Tavern on the Green (enter park at 67th Street off Central Park West)
Date: Sunday, April 30, from 6 a.m. to noon
Description: Binghamton alumni are encouraged to join New York Road Runners (NYRR) at the 14th annual SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon. This race brings together thousands of women of all ages and backgrounds for a day of fun, fitness, and camaraderie in Central Park. SHAPE is supporting CARE’s mission to fight poverty and empower women and girls around the world. Volunteers can serve as course marshals, give out water, bags collection, and other runner support roles.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation, paid parking
Attire: Comfortable footwear and weather appropriate attire


Project: Food is Medicine: Kitchen Volunteering at God's Love We Deliver!

Site Leader: Lindsay Kennedy ’03 
Location: God's Love We Deliver, 166 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan
Date: Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: God's Love We Deliver, a nonsectarian organization, cooks and delivers nutritious, medically-tailored meals to people who suffer from chronic diseases and are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. God's Love accepts clients regardless of income level, and provides meals free of charge. Volunteers will take part in the Sunday morning kitchen prep shift and assist the chefs in preparing the clients' meals. Duties include chopping vegetables, making meatballs, and preparing other items. Please consider joining in this wonderful endeavor!
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation
Attire: Pants or skirts that cover the knees; closed-toed shoes, and a hat to cover your hair. Lockers, in which you may store personal belongings, are provided. Volunteers must remove watches, rings, and dangling earrings before entering the kitchen.

Project: Random Acts of Kindness
Site Leader: Amanda Marshall ’15 
Location: Washington Square Park (under the arch), Manhattan
Date: Sunday, April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Description: Give back the simplest way possible - through random acts of kindness. Our group will break up to engage in random acts of kindness with strangers. This could include anything from giving out balloons to children in the park, to buying lunch for someone hungry, and more! Please note that participants may need to contribute minimal amounts of money depending on what random acts of kindness are decided upon.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes
Site accessible by: Public transportation, paid parking
Attire: Comfortable clothes


Project: Animal Socialization at Animal Care Centers of NYC

Site Leader: Karly Weinreb ’15 
Location: Animal Care Centers of NYC, 326 E. 110 St., Manhattan
Date: Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Description: First, we'll learn what the shelter does. Then, we'll split into groups and half of us will socialize with the dogs and half of us will socialize with the cats. Then, we switch! We also can write little blurbs about each of the animals that are featured on the adoption website.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes
Site accessible by: Public transportation, paid parking
Attire: Clothes you can move in
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Westchester County

Project: Children’s Village
Site Leader: Dan Black ’94 
Location: Children's Village, 1 Echo Hills Rd., Dobbs Ferry
Date: Saturday April 29, from 8 a.m. to noon
Description: Volunteers will assist with gardening, painting and general grounds maintenance. The Children’s Village works in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so they become educationally proficient, economically productive and socially responsible members of society.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Work clothes


Project: Celebrate Alumni Day of Service at Teatown

Site Leader: Brenda Timm ’96 
Location: Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: Join fellow Binghamton alumni at Teatown, a 1000-acre nature preserve and education center in Ossining, to help with weeding, pruning, overall maintenance and special projects. Activities are designed to serve Teatown’s Stewardship Management Plan to address critical environmental impacts on the preserve.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, with responsible adult
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty


Project: Park/Garden Beautification

Site Leader: Andrew Schuyler ’12 
Location: Untermyer Park and Gardens, 945 N. Broadway, Yonkers
Date: Saturday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m.
Description: Untermyer Gardens Conservancy is restoring the former historic estate and gardens of Samuel Untermyer in Yonkers. We are in the process of reclaiming and revitalizing garden spaces that have fallen into ruin over the last several decades. On this service day, we will be clearing refuse and plants (weeds and woody brush) near the ruins of Untermyer's former mansion and gate house. Your service will contribute heartily to the large scale restoration and planting of this site. We will be working outdoors on sloping terrain, in a woodland setting.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 12 minimum
Site accessible by: Public transportation, free parking
Attire: Sturdy shoes, long-sleeve shirt, pants, gloves


Project: Vegetable Gardening at Pleasantville Cottage School

Site Leader: Gary Kibel ’90, MBA ’92 
Location: Pleasantville Cottage School, 1075 Broadway, Pleasantville
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date Sunday, April 30)
Description: The Cottage School is a well-known residential treatment facility for children ages 7-21. We will assist children in spring preparations for their vegetable garden, including weeding and turning the soil, adding topsoil, mulch and peat moss and covering it to await planting. If time permits, we may play outdoor games with the children (such as wiffle ball). If it rains, the program will be changed to arts and crafts and games indoors with the children.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 7 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Gardening clothes

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Rockland County

Project: Family-to-Family The Birthday Giving Project
Site Leader: Joanne Klein ’80 
Location: New City Library, 220 N. Main St., New City
Date: Saturday, April 29, from noon to 2 p.m.
Description: It’s difficult to imagine celebrating a child's birthday without a party or presents. Yet, for many families served by Family-to-Family, it’s challenging to find extra money for a birthday celebration. Family-to-Family's Birthday Giving Project is designed to help these families by offering a small party in a box for a child in need. The idea is to decorate and fill gift bags with everything needed for a small birthday party. Volunteers will be asked to bring: a box of cake mix, a can of frosting, one book for a boy or girl ages 4 - 9, and anything else you would like to include in the bag. The site leader will supply the bags and decorations, as well as card paper and supplies to make a birthday card for each child.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 9 minimum, with responsible adult
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Casual

Project: It's In The Bag
Site Leader: Robert Pitkofsky '98  
Location: People to People, 121 W. Nyack Rd., Nanuet
Date: Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Description: People to People is Rockland County's largest hunger relief organization. We are proud to support their "It's in the Bag" initiative. Our volunteers will be packing bags of groceries for our food insecure neighbors. In addition, we may be stocking shelves and clothing. 
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 12 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Casual

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Long Island

Project: Sunrise Day Camp Cleanup
Site Leader: Allen Hecht ’82 
Location: Sunrise Day Camp, 75 Colonial Springs Rd., Wyandanch
Date: Saturday April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Description: We will help the camp prepare the campus for the start of the summer camp season. Easy clean-up (sanding, raking, painting). Sunrise Day Camp is for children with cancer. The children and a sibling attend for free. There is also a sister camp in Israel that is open to all, including Palestinians.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 12 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking


Project: Nature Center Cleanup and Spring Preparation

Site Leader: Carrie Kittenplan ’97 
Location: Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain date Sunday, April 30)
Description: Sweetbriar Nature Center is a not-for-profit corporation which exists to provide natural science education services for Long Island residents of all ages and to engage in native wildlife rehabilitation services. Through education and examples, ECSS encourages responsible decision making, appreciation, and respect for the unique wildlife and ecosystems found on Long Island. Alumni volunteers (and their children) will help the volunteers and staff of the center prepare the formal gardens (and maybe the butterfly house gardens) for the summer, clean outdoor animal enclosures -which might include raking and power washing and scrubbing to improve the living conditions for the animals that reside there - and clean out and organize storage areas at the center. Volunteers may also be involved with carving plastic pumpkins to have ready for Halloween next October. The center will also provide a tour for participants and introduce them to their animals.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 5 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Comfortable footwear is a must! Participants should bring their own lunch.

Project: Long Island National Cemetery Cleanup
Site Leader: Steve Kahn '91 and Andrew Small '87  
Location: Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 Wellwood Ave., Farmingdale
Date: Sunday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon
Description: Cleanup and beautification of the cemetery grounds.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, with responsible adult
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Outdoor work clothing


Project: Ronald McDonald House Brunch for Families

Site Leader: Barbara Edell Fisher ’82 
Location: Ronald McDonald House Long Island, 267-07 76 Avenue, New Hyde Park
Date: Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: Volunteers will support the "Meals from the Heart" program at Ronald McDonald House (a home away from home for families of seriously ill children). We'll provide a home-cooked brunch for families and children staying at Ronald McDonald House. Food is prepared on site and served buffet style, from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers provide the food and disposable aluminum trays. Cookware and drinks provided by Ronald McDonald House. There will not be interaction with the families.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Casual
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New Jersey

Project: Spring Cleaning
Site Leaders: Juan Casiano ’74 and Kathleen Casiano '73 
Location: El Primer Paso, Ltd., 29 Segur St., Dover
Date: Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date Saturday, April 29)
Description: Raking, bagging and cleanup of grounds so they are ready for preschoolers’ use in spring and summer.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, if parent deems project is appropriate for his/her child
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Jeans


Project: Habitat Improvement and Restoration

Site Leader: Elaine Weyuker ’66 
Location: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge - Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center, 32 Pleasant Plains Rd., Basking Ridge
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: Habitat restoration including planting native species for wildlife or garden improvements including a possible expansion of the butterfly garden at the Visitor Center.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 10 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Gardening clothes
Note: Bring a brown bag lunch if desired; beverages and cookies will be provided.


Project: Liberty Humane Society

Site Leader: Taris Rodney ’08 
Location: Liberty Humane Society, 235 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City
Date: Sunday, April 30, from noon to 3 p.m.
Description: Volunteers help the shelter run smoothly, increase adoptions, and make the animals happier. Volunteers will provide organizational assistance to Liberty Humane Society staff while having an opportunity to view and potentially work with the animals at the shelter.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation, Free parking
Attire: Comfortable shoes and clothes

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Connecticut

Project: Lending a Helping Hand at Mercy Housing
Site Leader: Jose Maldonado ’12 
Location: Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation, 211 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford
Date: Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Description: The project will consist of multiple locations within the Mercy Housing & Shelter facilities, in which volunteers will participate in several service tasks such as painting walls, cleaning, food prep in the kitchen, serving food to those in need from the Hartford area, yard work, and general interaction with tenants and occupants at the facilities.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 13 minimum
Site accessible by: Public transportation, Free parking, Paid parking
Attire: Jeans, comfortable shoes

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Syracuse

Project: Bearcats Back in School
Site Leaders: Gregory Ronneburger ’97, MBA ’99 and Will Cheung '98  
Location: Cicero Elementary School, 5979 NYS Route 31, Cicero
Date: Friday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: We will be visiting a local elementary school in the North Syracuse school district, reading and helping with in-class projects.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 5 minimum
Site accessible by: Public transportation, free parking
Attire: Casual

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Rochester

Project: #BUAlumniROC
Site Leader: Diana Weber '13 
Location: Flower City Habitat for Humanity (site leader will contact volunteers to provide location)
Date: Saturday, April 29 - Choose one of two shifts: 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., or Noon to 4 p.m.
Description: Join us to make a difference in the Rochester area! Trained construction professionals will walk volunteers through assigned house construction tasks, shed building, landscaping, neighborhood revitalization and more.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 16 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Work clothes, closed toed shoes, gloves 

 

Buffalo

Project: Help Refugees in Buffalo
Site Leader: Florina Altshiler ’02 
Location: Journey's End Refugee Services, 2495 Main St. #317, Buffalo
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Description: Volunteers will install five new raised beds and fill them with soil for the Green Shoots for New Americans Program at Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc. There will also be general garden clean-up tasks such as weeding, trash cleanup and compost removal. Feel free to bring tools such as shovels, drills, pitchforks and pruners. We will have tools as well but may run low if there is a large turnout.
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation, free parking
Attire: Clothes that can get dirty, work gloves and appropriate footwear.  

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Boston

Project: Volunteering at Community Servings
Site Leader: Pooja Raju-Shankar ’06
Location: 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain
Friday, April 28, Shift One: 9 a.m.- noon; Shift Two: 1 - 4 p.m. 
There is a limit of five volunteers per shift. 
Project Description: Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. We give our clients, their dependent families and caregivers appealing, nutritious meals, and send the message to those in greatest need that someone cares. Volunteers will prepare and package meals for clients who are dealing with critical and chronic illnesses. Complimentary Lunch will be served to all volunteers. Volunteers working the morning shift will have lunch afterward. Afternoon volunteers will be invited to join for lunch prior to their shift. 
Are Children/Youth allowed: No
Site accessible by: Public transportation
Attire: Everyone needs to wear either pants or a long skirt (to your ankles), shoes that cover and protect your feet completely and a shirt that has at least a T-shirt length sleeve. Shorts, capris, ripped jeans, pajama pants, hospital scrubs, short skirts, open back or cropped shirts, any sleeveless top, flats, or sandals are not allowed in the kitchen.

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Philadelphia

Project: Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Site Leader: Jennifer Gay ’01 
Location: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 2318 Washington Ave., Philadelphia
Date: Saturday April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Description: Volunteers help process, organize and stock donations, and provide customer service to visitors.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 16 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Comfortable, flexible clothing that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty

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D.C. Metro

Project: Habitat for Humanity NoVA ReStore
Site Leader: Christina Ritter ’99 
Location: Habitat for Humanity NoVA ReStore, 869 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, Va.
Date: Saturday April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: Volunteers assist our ReStore staff collecting and receiving donated materials, pricing and stocking items on the store floor, cleaning and organizing, as well as with handling displays, sales, customer service and donor appreciation.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 12 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Comfortable, durable clothing: jeans/work pants, short or long sleeve shirts and closed-toed shoes


Project: A Wider Circle: Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program

Site Leader: Joel Schwartz ’88 
Location: A Wider Circle Center for Community Service
9159 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, Md.
Date: Saturday, April 29 from noon to 3 p.m.
Description: The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program, A Wider Circle’s largest program, provides furniture and other home items to families moving out of shelters or otherwise living without basic items. Families are referred by more than 300 social service agencies throughout Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. Volunteers stock and organize linens, housewares, and kids’ toys to make sure everything is in “dignity condition,” assist families and individuals in selecting items, and load items into clients’ vehicles.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Dress professionally.


Project: Martha’s Weekenders

Site Leader: Benjamin Sheridan ’14 
Location: Martha's Table, 2114 14 St. NW, Washington
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Description: Martha’s Table doesn’t stop on the weekends. Volunteers will help with a variety of duties: retrieving and sorting gleaned produce, helping the kitchen staff organize dry and refrigerated food storage, general wrap-up and cleaning, as well as preparing our 4:00 dinner and the vans for McKenna’s Wagon, our mobile food service which distributes meals throughout the city every day of the year.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 12 minimum
Site accessible by: We highly recommend using public transport as the U Street Metro Station is only two blocks away, and street parking can be difficult and/or expensive.
Attire: Long pants (no pajama pants or spandex), closed-toe shoes

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Baltimore

Project: The Magic Yarn Project Workshop
Site Leader: Brittany Harrison ’09 
Location: Howard County Library: Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City
Date: Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 4:45 p.m.
Description: The Magic Yarn Project connects hundreds of Magic Makers who have, to date, crocheted over 1,500 soft yarn wigs for children fighting cancer in 23 different countries. The wigs are free to recipients. As part of this workshop, we will be assembling 15 soft yarn wigs, in the styles of princesses Elsa, Ariel, and Rapunzel. No crochet experience is needed (we won't actually be crocheting at all) so no worries if you've never worked with yarn before. We are hoping to keep most (if not all) completed wigs local to the Baltimore area.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 14 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Comfortable and casual

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Raleigh

Project: GFC Farms
Site Leader: Joan Plotnick ’84  
Location: GCF Farm, 4902 Chin Page Rd., Durham 
Date: Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to noon
Description: Volunteers assist with seeding, planting, cultivating and harvesting. All produce is donated to the Eastern/Central Food Bank, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Urban Ministry of Durham and Open Table Ministry, Inc. Last year, GCF donated more than 130,000 pounds of fresh produce with the assistance of its volunteers. Work gloves and any needed tools are provided.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 12 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Work clothes and closed-toed shoes
Note: Upon arrival, volunteers must view a yearly N.C. Agriculture pesticide video. Parents or guardians must complete a consent form for volunteers under the age of 18.

 

Florida

Project: Promoting Alzheimer's Awareness 
Site Leaders: Sean Lebowitz ’04 and Jennifer Siesel '92  
Location: 6111 Broken Sound Pkwy NW #200, Boca Raton
Date: Thursday, April 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Description: The South Florida chapter will enjoy an evening of networking with fellow alumni while learning more about Alzheimer's. Attendees will understand and learn how to respond to dementia/Alzheimer's-related behaviors. Additionally, attendees will spend time making activity blankets for people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The blankets are easy to assemble and no prior experience is necessary. This project is being coordinated in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Florida.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 16 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Business casual

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Malaysia

Project: Greening the Urban Community Forest
Site Leader: HonYuen Leong ’92 and Nor Haniza Sarmin '89
Location: Malaysian Nature Society, JKR 641, Jalan Kelantan Bukit Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur
Date: Sunday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to noon
Description: Volunteers will be planting native Malaysian trees in the nursery, cleaning up and planting trees along the forest trails, pruning and clearing vines, and finally, taken on a guided walk along the Heritage Trail. Federal Hill's Urban Community Forest in Kuala Lumpur is an initiative by the Malaysian Nature Society and Think City to create a sustainable, community­ based management plan that will champion the protection of Federal Hill, one of the city's remaining green lungs.
Are Children/Youth allowed: Yes, age 12 minimum
Site accessible by: Free parking
Attire: Comfortable long pants and long sleeves, hat, and sneakers.
Note: Please bring mosquito repellent, adequate water, Malaysian seeds and saplings including fruit trees for the nursery, your favorite gardening tools and gloves and, if artistic, a small sculpture made from weatherproof recyclables to install along the trail.

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If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Huff, MS '11, associate director of alumni volunteer engagement, by e-mail or at 607-777-6206.

Last Updated: 4/18/17