Site leaders needed for Alumni Global Day of Service
By Steve Seepersaud
We’ve always known that our alumni have a heart for their communities. In the last two years, during the springtime, that has come through especially loud and clear.
The Alumni Association is already planning the third annual Alumni Global Day of Service for the weekend of Friday-Sunday, April 28-30. If you've already participated in this event, you've seen the powerful impact it has made; make plans to volunteer again. If you haven't taken part in this initiative in the past, consider joining us in 2017. Right now, we're looking for alumni to lead community projects in their respective hometowns.
Launched in 2015, Alumni Global Day of Service is both local and global. Alumni get together to engage in a community volunteer project, such as feeding the hungry, sprucing up a park or cleaning animal shelters. At the same time, projects involving Binghamton alumni are taking place across the world. Alumni Global Day of Service showcases the collective power of volunteerism and enables you to be part of an event that is larger than what is happening in your immediate area.
Projects have been offered in areas with larger concentrations of Binghamton alumni, such as Metro New York, Broome County and Washington, D.C. We've even had projects in Taiwan and Turkey. In our first year, we had 420 volunteers at nearly 50 project sites. The 2016 effort saw a tremendous increase to 880 volunteers at about 70 sites.
“[It] truly lived up to my expectations of Binghamton University awareness, community service and alumni involvement,” said Steve Kahn '91, Alumni Global Day of Service subcommittee chair. “The projects were amazing and the alumni participation figures were outstanding.”
We can top those numbers, but not without you. If you're interested in leading a project in your area, contact Courtney Huff, MS ’11, assistant director of alumni engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although Alumni Global Day of Service is in the spring, we’d like to hear from you soon. It will take some time to coordinate the project, but you wouldn’t be planning it alone; the alumni office is here to help every step of the way. While it sounds like a lot of work, it's fun and you meet some great people.
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