Thursday, April 29, 2010

PressConnects: Lives of Commitment Breakfast

Annual breakfast to honor volunteers

April 29, 2010, 7:32 am

The Broome County Council of Churches’ Faith in Action volunteers program will hold its 12th annual Lives of Commitment breakfast May 7 at the Ramada Binghamton.

Joan Eisch of Vestal and Cyndy Vosburgh of Newark Valley are being recognized for their volunteer work with Faith in Action, while Katie Legg of Kirkwood, president of the Friendship Tree, is the community volunteer honoree. Kathryn Grant Madigan, a partner in the law firm Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, is the keynote speaker.

— Jennifer Micale

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Restaurant Week for CHOW

Binghamton planning fall restaurant week

April 27, 1:37 PM · Bill Dowd - Upstate NY Restaurant Examiner

Flyer shows inaugural week lineup

BINGHAMTON, NY -- The city was a little late to the party, jumping on the "restaurant week" wagon long after many other Upstate New York communities had been doing it. But, the inaugural event in March did well as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton.

So, rather than wait till next year, a fall restaurant week has been scheduled for September 21 to 30. It will be a fundraiser for CHOW -- the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.

Fewer than 10 restaurants participated in the March promotion, and organziers are hoping for a much larger turnout in September.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pipe Dream: CHOW will benefit from restaurant week

Success of Restaurant Week leads to plans for fall event

Originally Published 2010-04-27
By Gertrude Amoah

Binghamton’s first Restaurant Week raised nearly $2,000 for supplies and materials to benefit children’s programming at the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton.

Restaurant Week took place from March 16 to 25 with participating restaurants including: Little Venice Restaurant, Kilmer Brasserie & Steakhouse, Lost Dog Café, Mad Moose Saloon, Sake Tumi, The Flan Club and Tranquil Bar & Bistro.

During this fundraising event, which was coordinated by city of Binghamton, each participating restaurant offered a special menu that included a three-course dinner for $20. Percentages of purchases of exhibited dishes were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton.

“We are grateful … and we had a lot of fun working with all the people involved,” said Marybeth Smith, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton.

With the success of the first Restaurant Week, organizers have decided to hold the event twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Each time, the Restaurant Week promotion will benefit a local non-profit.

The fall edition of the event will take place from Sept. 21 to 30, and will benefit the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW). In addition to the restaurants that were a part of the first Restaurant Week, organizers are seeking new participants.

According to Moshe Roberts, the Binghamton University volunteer coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club, the club in Binghamton currently operates at 11 after-school care sites and two before-school care sites in the Binghamton area that take in over 450 children on a daily basis.

In addition to their after-school programs, the Club operates a main unit on Clinton Street that serves as a soup kitchen. All the children that participate in after-school programs are provided with a hot dinner free of charge.

Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton Mentors, the on-campus, Student Association-chartered chapter of the national organization, has more than 200 active members, with more than 100 of them volunteering once or twice each week at one of the sites.

“The SA student group that volunteers at the club has also raised over $2,000 this year through the Casino Night, poker tournaments, date auction and bake sales,” Roberts said.

The Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton is holding its annual golf tournament on June 17 to raise money for a scholarship to send children to Camp Sertoma for a summer.

Camp Sertoma, located on 110 acres of woodland nine miles east of Binghamton, in the hills of Kirkwood, offers members of the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton between ages 5 and 16 an opportunity to attend an overnight or day camp for the summer.

Monday, April 26, 2010


WBNG-TV Action News On Saturday May 8 letter carriers all over this country will be collecting non-perishable food donations along their routes for deposit to CHOW , and other local food banks. This is the 18th annual " Stamp Out Hunger " drive conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
6 hours ago ·  · 

Earth Fest 4-24-10

City’s Earth Fest is SaturdayApril

19, 2010, 9:19 am

The 21st annual Earth Fest will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at MacArthur Elementary School on Binghamton’s South Side. Last year’s Fest drew more than 2,000 people.

The event will feature children’s activities, roving magicians, food, live electric music outside and acoustic music inside as well as more than 50 earth-friendly exhibitors of local businesses and organizations. The event also will feature the River Trails Bike Cruise, which will leave the school at 10:30 am and meander to Otsiningo Park and back to promote Binghamton as a bike-friendly city. Admission is $1 or a CHOW donation.

Sponsor Gary’s U-Pull It will have an 8-by-22-foot container on site for metals to recycle, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioners, lawnmowers, snow blowers, cast iron radiators and batteries. There will be free seedlings and seed packets as well as reusable tote bags given to those who visit sponsors. Vendors and exhibitors will also have samples and other giveaways.— Jennifer Micale

CHOW Advisory Meeting Minutes


April 13, 2010– 12:00

I - CHOW Farm

A. Grants update – did not get the Community Foundation Grant. Need to seek funds for a 4 wheel drive pick up and trailer.

B. Activities – Tree removal near complete. Bush hogging and clearing near complete.

C. Sustainability plan – Tony Marzolino of Marz Farm is starting a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm and has invited us to join. We will be paid for every pound we give to the CSA.

D. Additional needs – Tiller, fencing, volunteers

E. Grow Broome Project – We are taking ownership of the Grow Broome Project that the United Way started. Earth Boxes are distributed to agencies throughout the county. We will take over operations for 2011.

II - EVENTS FOR 2010 –

A. Hunger Walk – Sunday, October 17. We need to forma committee next month.

B. Chili Championship – Saturday, May 1 at Binghamton University. Need volunteers for set up; 8:00 – 10:00, clean up; 3:00 – 4:00 and ticket sellers; 11:00 – 3:00.

C. Clinton Street Festival – Fr. Jim will report back next month.

D. MudCat Grant Allstar Golf Tournament – Thursday, September 2 at Links at Hiawatha. We are again one of the beneficiaries of this celebrity golf tournament. We will need 15 volunteers to act as “greens monitors” for the tournament.

III – HPNAP UPDATE – Our 2010/2011 grant amount will be reduced by about $6,000.

Next Meeting - May 11, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

CHOW mentioned in PipeDream

Sodexo awarded for ethics as workers make minimum wage

Originally Published 2010-04-23

By Ashley Tarr

Twelve people, including actor Danny Glover, were arrested while protesting the low wages and poor working conditions of Sodexo — which was just named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

The protest was held at Sodexo’s U.S. headquarters in Maryland, but workers at Binghamton University said the complaints ring true here on campus.

Two current employees and one former employee, who spoke to Pipe Dream under the condition of anonymity to protect their employment and identities, said that multiple dining locations on campus were “hostile environments” to work in. They attributed the environment to pressures to finish work given inadequate time, a lack of concern from superiors and intimidation from higher up.

The three also said that the “Sodexo experience,” a list of guidelines on how to greet and treat customers, is difficult to follow under the conditions.

“They force you to do that,” one worker said. “These people [the employees] can’t smile because they’re worn, they’re broke.”


Sodexo, a French company, employs approximately 110,000 people in the U.S. The corporation, which was also named to the list of World’s Most Ethical Companies last year, brought in $7.7 billion in annual revenue for 2008. The company’s contract with BU, which spans 10 years and expires in 2015, is worth $120 million.

Companies are named to the Ethisphere Institute’s WME list based on seven categories, including integrity track record, corporate citizenship and responsibility, innovation and tone from the top. Other companies named include Nike, Best Buy and PepsiCo.

Ethisphere, an “international think tank” dedicated to promoting the best practices in business ethics, collects nominations and conducts data analysis before deciding its winners. The list was announced last month.

After nearly a dozen e-mails and phone calls, Ethisphere declined to comment or answer questions about their process due to “editorial commitments.”


Employee sources said that a significant percentage of workers live paycheck to paycheck; they are forced to frequent soup kitchens and charities to feed themselves and their families. The problem has been ongoing since at least fall 2008, when one employee estimated that between 65 and 70 percent of workers used charities to get food. Paul Kerns, general manager for Sodexo at BU, said he could not verify the statistics.

Sodexo partners with Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) to collect food donations on campus.

“Charity starts at home,” the worker said of Sodexo’s priorities.


The contract is between Sodexo at BU and Unite Here’s Rochester Regional Joint Board. It includes some benefits and categorizes food service workers — cashiers, utility workers, station attendants, snack bar workers and employees in other areas — as making minimum wage, $7.25, as a starting rate, and $7.55 after six months. According to the contract, the highest-paid employees on campus are “bakery leads,” who make between $15.50 and $16 an hour. Most positions fall near the lower end of the spectrum.

A condition within Article 22 of 42 of the Unite Here contract stipulates that full-time employees are those who work 30 hours or more per week. Employee sources said that for some, 30 hours is not enough time to keep up with their workload, causing them to come in off the clock to compensate. Working more than 40 hours constitutes overtime.

Kerns said he would be “surprised” if workers had hours cut. Monica Zimmer, director of public relations at Sodexo headquarters, said that fewer than 10 out of 250 employees have had their hours cut.

Likewise, Kerns said he would be surprised if every employee didn’t receive what was mandated by the contract.

“If it’s the collective bargaining agreement, that’s the environment we’re in,” he said.


According to a press release, George Chavel, president and CEO of Sodexo North America and COO of Sodexo Group, said that the company was named to the list because of its persistence in the realms of social responsibility and sustainability. Specifically, the release cites its Better Tomorrow Plan, the company’s vow for worldwide sustainability over the next 10 years, as well as a Business Abuse Hotline for employees to call with any legal, ethical or safety concerns.

“We strive for transparency in our business dealings,” he stated in the release.

BU’s Director of Auxiliary Services Pete Napolitano, whose job is to make sure Sodexo’s contract with BU is upheld, is focused on long-term dining projects. He also said that employee rights issues are a concern to him and the University, but could not say to what degree.

“That’s what I would leave to Paul [Kerns],” Napolitano said. “As the University administrator of the contract, I wouldn’t get into that level of detail.”

A campus dining services committee is comprised of students, faculty, officials, Sodexo workers and others, but Napolitano said that this committee is also concerned with long-term plans for dining at BU, rather than day-to-day problems.

Sodexo’s contract with Unite Here expires in August 2011.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Johnny Hart Memorial Christian Fellowship Breakfast

Benefit to aid CHOW

Jamboree to aid the Afton Food Pantry

April 22, 2010, 12:00 am

Six bands will donate their time Sunday to support the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse and the Afton Food Pantry.
The jamboree benefit show starts at noon at the Central Hotel & Tavern on Oak Hill Road in Harpursville. There is a $5 cover charge to see performances from Ring of Fire, The Blue J's, The Cardboard Cutouts, Chops, The C.O.D. Band and The Short Change Band.
Additional fundraising activities will include a chicken dinner, 50/50 raffles and a Chinese auction.
All money collected will be donated to the Afton Food Pantry. Canned goods and nonperishable items will also be accepted.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Thank You Greg!

  Thanks for treating the administrative staff to pizza and soda! 

Channel 34 - Restaurant Week to benefit CHOW

Up To The Minute News

Results of Downtown Binghamton's Restaurant Week

Last Update: 4/20 1:04 pm

Mayor Matt Ryan Tuesday joined downtown restaurant owners and fellow community leaders to announce the funds that Restaurant Week raised for the Boys & Girls Club, as well as next steps for the event.

“This event was a win for everyone involved,” said Mayor Ryan. “It raised money for the Boys & Girls Club, it attracted new customers to our downtown restaurants and it made the area that much more of a destination for residents and visitors. Downtown restaurant Week is another part of downtown’s revitalization, and I look forward to the next edition of this exciting event.”


Downtown Restaurant Week raised $1,942, and today a check was presented to Mary Beth Smith of the Boys & Girls Club.


With the success of the first Restaurant Week, organizers have decided to hold the event twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Each time, the Restaurant Week promotion will benefit a local non-profit.

The fall edition of the event will take place September 21st—30th, with funds being raised for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW). In addition to the restaurants that were a part of the first Restaurant Week, organizers are seeking new participants.


The first-ever Downtown Restaurant Week took place from 16th—25th at seven restaurants, including the Kilmer Brasserie, Little Venice, Lost Dog Cafe, Mad Moose House of BBQ, Sake Tumi, Flan Club and Tranquil Bar/Bistro.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010



By WBNG News

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It appears Binghamton diners truly have an appetite for food, and for charity.
Last month, the city of Binghamton held its first Restaurant Week.
The city says it raised nearly $2,000 for the Boy's and Girl's Club.
It also says the event was so successful that it plans to hold it twice a year.
The next one will be September 21st through the 30th.
The money from that Restaurant Week will go to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.
The city hopes more local restaurants will join in and participate this fall.

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BU Pipe Dream: Event to help CHOW

‘Environmental Spring Fling’ to honor Earth Day

Originally Published 2010-04-20

By Megan Whelan

Campus student organizations will encourage green practices Thursday in celebration of Earth Day at the Dickinson Amphitheater, while community members will do their part this weekend.

Groups such as the Binghamton Sierra Student Coalition, BU Beyond Coal, New York Public Interest Research Group and Engineers Without Borders will set up individual tables between the Dickinson Dining Hall and the Old University Union from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to Mary Davis, president of the Student Environmental Awareness Club (SEAC) and a senior double majoring in geology and environmental studies, SEAC will offer rides on a bike it built last year that powers a smoothie-making blender.

More than a billion people celebrate Earth Day on April 22 each year. For the last 40 years, organizers have used the day to forward their belief that all people “have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment.”

“Earth Day is educational and informative,” Davis said. “And it’s a great way to support student organizations on campus.”

Throughout the day, student bands, including Solar Punch, Crow, Dangerous Maybes, Ghost This, Mad Hatters, Elegant Stinghorn and Dan Cohen, will be performing on a solar-powered stage.

Outdoor Pursuits will also lead a hike through the Nature Preserve at 1 p.m.

The Food Co-Op, which aims to have alternative food choices available for students, will be giving samples of free food at its table, said Samantha Tuchfeld, coordinator of the Co-Op and a senior majoring in English. Thrift store T-shirts with the Food Co-Op’s silk screen image will also be on sale.

“Every day is Earth Day here,” Tuchfeld said. “Earth Day is about loving the Earth and making conscious choices.”

Sodexo will serve free eco-friendly food, including veggie burgers and probiotic turkey chili. Challah for Hunger, an organization that raises money and awareness for hunger and disaster relief, will also be selling its bread.

Emily Greene, president of Campus Climate Challenge and a junior double-majoring in biochemistry and math, said that the day’s events are like “an environmental Spring Fling.”

Students will also have the chance to celebrate the Earth this Saturday when the Greater Binghamton area hosts its 21st annual Earth Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MacArthur Elementary School on Vestal Avenue.

The fest will feature more than 50 Earth-friendly local businesses and organizations. There will also be children’s activities, magicians, food, live outdoor electric music and indoor acoustic music.

This year’s event will host several vendors, including Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay and Behlog & Son Produce. Miller Honda will bring a hybrid car to campus, and students can look forward to seeing alpacas brought from an Appalachian alpaca farm, as well as participating in a bike raffle.

Carrying on with this year’s theme, “Healthy Planet, Healthy People,” the celebration will host the River Trails Bike Cruise to promote Binghamton as a bike-friendly city. Admission to Earth Fest is $1 or a donation to Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.

Race & Our Community

Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church to Host Workshop
Last Update: 4/19 10:45 am

From Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church:
The Community is invited to a workshop entitled Race and our Community - The Conversation Continues. This workshop is an opportunity to understand the issues confronting our culture today. It will also be a safe place to share your honest questions, concerns & experiences on the issue.

The workshop will be held on April 24, 2010 at the Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, corner of Lincoln and Main Streets in Endicott with registration beginning at 8:30 and the workshop running 9 AM to 1 PM It is sponsored by the Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, Central United Methodist Church of Endicott and the Broome County Council of Churches’ Peace with Justice Committee. There is no charge for the event but a free will offering will be taken for snacks and materials.

You may register by calling the Broome Co. Council at 724-9130, 8:30-4:30 Mon.-Fri., extension “0”.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Press Connects: Social Connections for Senior Women

Two Social Connections groups form

April 7, 2010, 7:17 am

Two new Social Connections for Senior Women social support groups are starting this month. The free groups, which meet weekly, bring women together to share life experiences and interests.
The two new locations are the Northern Broome Senior Center in Whitney Point and the Vestal United Methodist Church in Binghamton. For more information or to join, contact Joanne or Teresa at the Broome County Council of Churches at (607) 724-9130.

Press Connects: CHOW Conklin Farm mentioned

City parcels to become garden sites

Crops will be sold to nearby residents
By George Basler • • April 11, 2010, 8:26 pm

BINGHAMTON -- Properties at 16 and 20 Tudor St. don't fit the pastoral picture of a farm. Bucolic they are not.

Dilapidated buildings stood on the site before they were demolished by the city. Today, the two properties are a vacant lot in the downtown neighborhood close to Columbus Park.
Now members of a community gardening group, Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, are looking to change that.

VINES is leasing the Tudor Street properties for a $1 a year from the city and plans to turn them into an urban farm that will provide fresh greens, herbs, fruits and vegetables to neighborhood residents and the community.

"Our purpose is to provide healthier food to people that is affordable and accessible," said Lauren Tonti, 23, a VINES member and one of the organizers of the urban farm.
Called the Binghamton Urban Agriculture Project, the effort is an extension of VINES' work over the past several years to turn vacant lots into community gardens.

A core group of eight volunteers plans to farm the Tudor Street site, which covers about one-quarter of an acre, using Growing Power Inc., a Milwaukee-based organization that promotes sustainable farming methods in urban areas, as its main model.
The volunteers will move a greenhouse and several hoop houses -- small greenhouses -- onto the site and grow food in multiple layers, using natural compost as a base.

"It's all organic. There are no pesticides, no herbicides and no artificial fertilizer," said group member Scott Barvainis.
The goal is to harvest more than 2,500 pounds of produce during a growing season.

The Tudor Street site is one of two farming projects being developed by VINES. The group also is using 1 acre of the 4.5-acre Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse farm in Conklin to grow staple crops. It hopes to raise 4,000 pounds of food per season at this site.
"To me, the project is of interest and importance as a food security issue," said group member Sean Cummings. "We're changing the way food is grown in our society."

Volunteers will work the Tudor Street and Conklin sites, and each will have two project managers, Cummings said.

Projects are designed to be self-supporting, organizers said, adding the group plans to sell shares to between 30 and 100 people who would receive food each week in exchange for buying in.

Organizers also will sell their produce at local farmers' markets, Barvainis said. Revenue generated would cover expenses.

Cummings said they plan to involve neighborhood residents in the project, hopefully by having them put in some volunteer time at the site in exchange for food.

Volunteers plan to begin moving greenhouses onto the Tudor Street site by the end of the month. There are 1,000 sprouts ready for planting.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Facebook: Lives of Commitment Breakfast

Broome County Council of Churches Faith in Action Volunteers Program Lives of Commitment Awards Breakfast May 7th. Three outstanding volunteers to be honored. One outstanding Keynote Speaker, Kathryn Grant Madigan.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Faith in Action Volunteers

B Mets - April home games - $2 will be donated to Ramp It Up
Lives of Commitment Awards Breakfast, May 7th, 8:00-9:30. Cost for staff is $10.
9th Annual FIA Golf Classic - Friday, 8/13/10
Potential Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Ramp It Up - stay tuned for an early fall date
Jean will attend the FIA National Conference in Orlando with Joanne April 26-April 28.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Press & Sun: Rotary Announces Grants

Rotary announces grant awards

April 6, 2010, 6:52 am
The Binghamton Rotary Charities Fund Inc. announced Tuesday that it awarded $18,415 in grants during the last fiscal year. Awards were distributed in the following categories: $5,528 for Youth Services; $5,473 for the Greater Binghamton Community; $4,000 for The World We Live In; and $3,414 for Haiti relief.

Youth Services funds were distributed to Samaritan Counseling Center, Binghamton Boys & Girls Club, United Way and Binghamton High School. Greater Binghamton Community funds were given to Mom’s House, the Family & Children’s Society, Broome County Council of Churches, Baden-Powell Council of Boy Scouts and Junior League. The World We Live in funding was distributed to organizations in several countries including the Dominican Republic, Sudan and Uganda.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Press & Sun: Lives of Commitment

Council of Churches to honor volunteers

April 6, 2010, 7:10 am

The Broome County Council of Churches’ Faith in Action Volunteers program will host its 12th annual Lives of Commitment Breakfast at 8 a.m. May 7 at the Ramada Binghamton on Water Street. The honorees of the event are Faith in Action volunteers Joan Eisch of Vestal, Cyndy Vosburgh of Newark Valley and Katie Legg of Kirkwood. The keynote speaker will be Kathryn Grant Madigan, a partner with Levene, Gouldin & Thompson and founder of the firm’s elder law group.
Faith in Action volunteers work with the frail elderly, chronically ill and the disabled to help them maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life. Services include help with correspondence, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, minor home repair, yard work, respite care, and transportation.

Tickets for the breakfast are $35 each and $280 for tables of eight. For more information, to purchase tickets by April 16 or to become an event sponsor, call (607) 724-9130 or visit

Press & Sun: BMets and Ramp It UP

Fundraiser to aid wheelchair ramp program

April 1, 2010, 8:25 am   (In Press & Sun 4-3-10)

The Broome County Council of Churches and Binghamton Mets are teaming up to raise money for a Council program that builds wheelchair ramps for Broome County residents.

During April, baseball fans can buy a $4 half-price ticket for selected dates, and half will be donated to the Council’s Ramp It Up program. The dates are April 8-14 and 22-28. Coupons to buy the tickets are available at the Council of Churches Office at 3 Otseningo St., Binghamton, or at the B-Mets office.

Call 724-9130 for more information.
Last summer, the Council and several church and youth groups built 13 ramps at no cost to residents.

News Channel 34 : BCC and CHOW

From BCC:

Broome Community College President Dr. Kevin Drumm reminded students, faculty, staff and community members that the College’s Alternative Spring Break will take place throughout our community on April 5th-9th, 2010.

The Spring Break Challenge is a week long program sponsored by the BCC Service Learning Program and challenges students to use spring break as a time to make a difference in their community.

“The program provides college students with the chance to do organized volunteer work in their respective communities,” said Dr. Drumm. “Many students are choosing not to spend their spring break on vacation and have expressed an interest in community service, and I applaud them for their commitment to our community. This is the third year the College is offering an alternative spring and the response has been impressive.”

Spring Break Challenge Projects:

Southern Tier Aids Program:

The Southern Tier AIDS Program seeks students to create and implement an aggressive marketing plan


The Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse seeks student volunteers to assist with the creation and development of the new CHOW organic farm. Produce raised from the farm will feed disadvantaged populations in Broome County.

Phelps Mansion Museum:

The Phelps Mansion Museum, a local landmark, seeks students to assist in researching the Phelps family and other residents of the mansion. The information gathered will be used in museum programming, publications, and tours.

Absolute Care:

Absolute Care, a senior assisted living center, located in Endicott, NY, seeks students to design and implement a Wii tournament for residents.

Discovery Center:

Spend an exciting week helping the Discovery Center with their Spring Break youth programs. Have fun assisting children with art projects, learning about science and playing in the museum.

Five events are scheduled and several community agencies have signed up. A complete schedule of all the events can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Monday, April 5, 2010

Press & Sun: STYP to Volunteer Helping CHOW

April 5, 2010
Southern Tier Young Professionals Engage in Community Service Month

Dawn Lanouette
Reader Submitted

People often think of the Southern Tier Young Professionals as exclusively a social club; however, each month, the organization engages in a variety of civic and community service activities as well. To draw greater attention to this aspect of the organization, the group has named April Civic Awareness Month. A variety of events are planned to provide opportunities for people to give back to the community.

On Saturday, April 10, STYP is assisting with a clean-up at Elizabeth Church Mannor in Binghamton.
On Wednesday April 14, STYP will be working with CHOW. On Friday, April 16, the group is supporting Party with a Purpose II, a benefit for Broome County Gang Prevention. That Sunday, April 17, the organization will be out cleaning up a stretch of the Brandywine Highway, and the following week, the group will participate in the Greater Binghamton Business Show.

In addition to the events, members of the organization will be posting comments on what community service and civic involvement means to them on the STYP website, facebook page, twitter page, and individual's pages.

As with social events, the community service events are open to the public, though advanced RSVP is required. More information about the events is available on the organizations' website at

STYP was formed in 2002 to allow young professionals living and working in Greater Binghamton to connect with one another through civic and social events.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Facebook: Jail Ministry - Congrats Dorothy!

Broome County Council of Churches Jail Ministry Program

Broome County Council of Churches Jail Ministry ProgramCongratulations to our Advisory Chairperson, Dorothy Pierce, who is the attending Deacon tonight for the Presiding U.S. Episcopal Bishop at a service at Christ Church in Binghamton at 7:00 P.M. Dorothy also co–officiated a number of the 11 communion services in the jail with Chaplain Cris this week

Thursday, April 1, 2010

CHOW Volunteer Obituary

Gary R. Mangurian
of Binghamton

Gary R. Mangurian, 80 of Binghamton passed away Sunday afternoon, March 28, 2010 at Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center after a brief illness surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by by his loving wife of 53 years, Patricia Massar Mangurian; a devoted brother-in-law, Cyril and Kathryn Massar and their children, Kathleen, Cyril III and Mark; a sister, Virginia Terrell and her children, Susan and Bill; special god-children, Joseph Kessler and Maria Palmatier; cousin, Florence Chakmakjian; very close special friends, Lorry and Walt Kessler and family. Gary was an active member of SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, Binghamton and the Men's Club. He was a devoted Bingo caller and a member if it's social club (Couples Club). He was a volunteer CHOW worker and past president of Beaver Lake Association and retired from Cascade Electric. Gary was very proud of his Armenian Ancestory.

A Funeral Mass will be offered at SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, Binghamton, Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton, Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Gary may be made to St. Cyril's Repair My Church Fund, 148 Clinton St. Binghamton, NY 13905 or St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, 12 Corbett Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13903.
Look around you and thank the volunteers you see this week!  -Susanne

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