Unite with other Binghamton alumni in service to your community
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By Steve Seepersaud and Justin Hayet '15
Having fun with other Binghamton University alumni and showing your #BingPride. Making
a difference in your community. Being part of a feel-good event that brings people
together around the world. If any or all of those sound appealing, you won’t want
to miss our next Alumni Global Day of Service, planned for April 15, 16 and 17. The
location? Somewhere near you!
The Alumni Association and the University’s Center for Civic Engagement introduced Alumni Global Day of Service last year to demonstrate the power and reach of our alumni network and of collective volunteerism. Our vision resulted in 420 alumni participating in 47 projects, and registration is open for our 2016 projects.
More than 40 alumni have come forward to lead service projects, ranging from feeding the hungry in Manhattan to marine conservation in Miami Beach to fighting teen homelessness in Denver, Colo. If there isn’t a project near you, or the timing of a project in your area is inconvenient, you can volunteer on your own and be counted in our effort.
“Alumni Global Day of Service is inspired by the spirit of alumni involvement and philanthropy,” said Steve Kahn ’91, Alumni Association board member and chair of the Alumni Global Day of Service Steering Committee. “I want to get as many active – and just as importantly, inactive – alumni to be involved with us as this is one of our most important events of the year.” Kahn is the site leader for “Hope for Warriors,” a project that will beautify the Long Island National Cemetery.
Robyn Jaffe ’08 participated in last year’s Alumni Global Day of Service and will lead the effort to serve lunch at the Bowery Mission in lower Manhattan. Jaffe’s project was in high demand, maxing out on volunteers less than a week after registration opened.
“The pace of our lives in New York City can be so frenetic. Participation in the Alumni Global Day of Service is an easy way to push the pause button on the busy pace of our everyday lives and use that time to do something for others,” she said.
Because of the number of alumni who live in Metro New York, Greater Binghamton and the Washington, D.C. area, several projects will be taking place in each of those regions. However, there will also be alumni-led projects across Upstate New York and in places such as Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Florida.
And, with an international project in the works, our event takes on a global character. Karoline Kaon ’14 organized a therapeutic hike in Zhenjiang, China, for widows last year, and will lead a beach cleanup in Kinmen, Taiwan, this year.
“Because of the time difference, we could say the day kicks off in Asia and wraps up in North America. I think it’s awesome that we’ll have so many great projects happening on the same day,” she said.
Kristin Rousseve Mulvey ’93 is leading the spring cleaning at the SPCA of Westchester County, and serves on the Alumni Global Day of Service Steering Committee. While she wants to see the participation increase, she isn’t solely focused on numbers.
“I know the weekend is a success if we have helped not only our local site, but sites around the world,” she said. “We want all the alumni to enjoy themselves and feel good about their efforts, knowing they’ve helped their local community, while proudly representing Binghamton University in such a positive light.”
For more information about Alumni Global Day of Service and to register for a site-led project, visit our website. Register by Monday, April 4, and you will receive a commemorative T-shirt on the day of the event.
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