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Getting involved in the Binghamton CCE

The Binghamton Center for Civic Engagement offers a wide variety of ways for you to get involved in the community and have a positive influence on Binghamton.  Whatever your cause, whether you have a passion for education, social justice, or the environment, the Center for Civic Engagement can provide you with a way to make a difference.

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 Here are just some of the CCE programs that could use your help:

Summer Opportunities:

Camp AmeriKids

Camp AmeriKids is a summer camp for children living with HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease.  Volunteer counselors are needed to provide 24/7 supervision to a cabin of kids.  These counselors are expected to be energetic, caring, responsible, and fun, as well as serve as role models for the children they look after.  The counselors would be provided with room and board at the camp site in Warwick, NY.  Volunteers may apply for one or both of the two sessions that will run over the summer.  The first session runs from July 28th to August 4th and the second session runs from August 9th to August 16th.  Applications can be found on the Camp AmeriKids website:


Special Olympics

The event, in Binghamton, needs volunteers to serve as equestrian support, side walkers, handlers, program organizers, and equestrian judges.  The commitment would require 2-3 hours a day, 3 days a week, for 6 weeks.  No special experience is required, and volunteers will receive training on site.  Anyone interested can e-mail Theresa Pedroso at or call her at 1-607-727-7602.

 Year-round organizations:

Binghamton University Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity fights poverty and homelessness and attempts to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. They construct simple, decent, and affordable houses for low-income families around the world.  They depend on volunteer labor, as well as the donation of both money and materials to build and rehabilitate simple, decent houses alongside their homeowner partner families.  E-mail to get involved.


Volunteers for America

Volunteers of America deploys a variety of programs in an attempt to break the cycle of poverty.  They provide housing and support services for homeless individuals and families, care and educational programs for at-risk children, crisis assistance that includes food and clothing, homelessness prevention programs, and Working Wardrobe for adults seeking employment. For more information, contact Lisa Cioci, MSW by e-mail at Lcioci@voawny,org or by phone at 607-772-1156.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton provides a safe and supportive environment where children can receive help with their schoolwork, interact with other children, engage in innovative programming, enjoy sports and other recreational activities.  For reasons beyond their control, many of the children who come to the Boys and Girls Clubs find themselves in situations that are often unsupportive, neglectful, and sometimes even dangerous.  These children are provided with a secure and positive environment.  Contact Kelly Nord at if you’re interested in becoming involved.

Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition

The Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition focuses on development under the three E’s of sustainability: Economy, Environment, and Equity.  This is also referred to as the triple bottom line: People, Planet, and Profits.  The BRSC looks to apply these concepts in practical ways that bring us towards a more sustainable culture, serving as an incubator for sustainable community development projects.  Executive Director David Currie can be reached at for more information.


S.O.S. Shelter, Inc.

This agency provides 24 hour/365 emergency hotline and residential shelter, comfort, and safety for victims of domestic violence, as well as non-residential services such as advocacy, outreach, support groups, community education, and supportive counseling.  Interns and volunteers for the organization can shadow shelter workers, assist with shelter needs, participate in provision of shelter services, and assist with community outreach and the tabling of events.  E-mail to find out more.


More information about these organizations, as well as many more organizations, can be found on the CCE website: