Binghamton University students gear up to make a difference


Binghamton University students and organizations will involve themselves in a number of activities that will make a difference in the community as part of National Student Civic Engagement Week, February 16 to 22.

During the week, the Phi Theta Chi sorority and the Thurgood Marshall Pre-law Society are collecting non-perishable food that will be turned over to local food pantries. Food will be dropped off at the Off-Campus College Office in University Union West, room 204, and at the end of the drive, transported to local food pantries.

An Empty Bowl Dinner to highlight hunger and homelessness in the area will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, in the University Union’s Mandela Room. The $5 admission will benefit the YWCA’s Emergency and Teen Housing programs.  Sodexho Campus Services will donate the soup buffet. Entertainment will be offered by the Black Dance Repertoire, Harpur Harpeggios and Richard E. Griffith on piano. Speakers will also be featured. Participants will also receive a ceramic bowl, donated by the New York Public Interest Research Group and Maines.

Throughout the week students will be involved in a variety of service projects at Catholic Charities, the Broome County YWCA, Meals on Wheels of Western Broome, Broome County Head Start and the Homeless Coalition of Broome County. 

The week’s activities are funded in part by a grant from the New York Campus Compact through the Pew Charitable Trust.   

For more information, contact Mary Beth Willis at 607-777-2768.

Last Updated: 9/17/13