Welcome Week Service Project Participant Information

2016 Project Sites


Project Sites

Binghamton University Acres Farm:

Binghamton University Acres Farm is a pesticide-free farm that grows all natural vegetables. The farm is maintained entirely by students and volunteers, overseen by the farm's expert manager. A portion of the harvest is donated to CHOW, a regional food warehouse that supplies local food pantries, and sometimes to the CIW dining hall on campus.

Service Project: Student volunteers will spend the day working outdoors in the garden learning new skills in farming and acquiring a better understanding of food systems and principles of sustainability. Other activities may include harvesting vegetables and touring the campus Nature Preserve.

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Mural painting in downtown Binghamton

Service Project: Following a basic training by a professional at the Mural Arts School, student volunteers will help complete a mural painting on the Riverwalk Flood Wall in downtown Binghamton.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

The Cornell Cooperative Extension system extends Cornell University's land-grant programs to citizens all across New York State. With a presence in every county and New York City, the Cornell Cooperative Extension puts research into practice by providing high-value educational programs and university-based resources that help solve real-life problems.

Service Project: Students will be working in the Cutler Garden and beautifying the 4-H Education Center at Finch Hollow.

Healing House

Healing House is a counseling and mental health charity organization working with adult survivors affected by sexual abuse.

Service Project: Students will spend the day painting a mural inside of the organization’s building as well as organizing the office.  

Family Enrichment Network

Family Enrichment Network is an organization that provides supportive services for the optimal development of children and families. They offer programs and services that help parents do their best possible job while offering unique learning and growth opportunities for kids, teens and adults. Some of these programs include Special Education services, Literacy Programs and Headstart.

Service Project: Student volunteers will spend time beautifying the general grounds including mulching and planting flowers. Students will also help prepare and organize the classrooms and library before the children return in the Fall.

Johnson City Senior Center

The Johnson City Senior Center celebrates and supports the lives of the seniors living in Broome and surrounding counties of upstate New York through recreation, health and educational programs. They provide volunteer opportunities, social events, trips and more.

Service Project: Students will have the opportunity to work one on one with seniors helping them feel more comfortable using different forms of technology. Students will help seniors work with computers, laptops, tablets and cell phones, as well as different online platforms such as Facebook, email and search engines.

Kopernik Observatory and Science Center

Kopernik Observatory and Science Center is the first science laboratory facility in New York State designed for K-12 teachers, students and their families. Its mission is to offer hands-on investigations encouraging the discovery of the wonders of the Universe. Located atop a 1740 foot hill in Vestal, the Observatory has been one of the most popular public observatories in the Northeast United States for over 40 years.

Service Project: Students will spend the day beautifying the surrounding land, organizing supplies, as well as painting.

Kopernik Observatory and Science Center


 2016 Schedule of Events

Sunday, Aug 21

8 a.m. Participating students may begin moving into residential halls
1 p.m. Welcome Week Service Program Check-in, UU-120
1:15p.m. Mentors will meet with student participants, providing introductions and going over the schedule for the following day, UU-120


Monday, Aug 22

10:30 a.m. Students meet at University Union Bus Stop
11 a.m. Buses leave campus for Service Sites
4 p.m. Buses depart from service sites to return to campus


Tuesday, Aug 23

10-11:30 a.m. Closing Event, UU-120. Stay tuned for more information!

 Do I need transportation?

Transportation to and from service sites will be provided by bus. Students will not be permitted to use their own vehicles.

What food is provided?

A boxed lunch will be provided on the day of service. Students will be given the boxed lunch prior to leaving for the service site and will have the option to eat on the bus or at the site once they arrive.

There will be a light brunch provided during the closing event on Tuesday, August 23.

 What should I bring?

Students will be working outdoors, rain or shine, and should dress appropriately (old clothes, closed toed shoes, etc.)

Drinks, equipment, and other necessary items (work gloves, first aid, etc.) will be provided.

Additional Items

There will be fun contests, free prizes, and giveaways.

Service will be supervised by trained student mentors and professional Binghamton faculty/staff.

Student mentors are current Binghamton students, experienced in community service. They will accompany students to their project sites, assist them with their work, and even help acclimate them to life as a Binghamton student.

Special Accommodations

Special accommodations can be made for students with medical conditions, physical limitations, allergies, dietary restrictions, etc. Students should indicate their specific needs when completing the online registration application.

For more information contact the Welcome Week Planning Committee at orientation@binghamton.edu.

Last Updated: 8/19/16