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Thursday, May 27, 2010

CHOW Committee Minutes


Minutes - May 11, 2010– 12:00

I - CHOW Farm

A. Activities – Ground is ready to be plowed in Conklin. Our Farm partners will do the plowing. We finished first in the voting for an orchard. Details to follow. Seedlings are be raised in a green house loaned to us by Mac Lennon’s on Court Street.

B. BREAKING GROUND WITH CHOW – Report was given by the Students making recommendations for CHOW Farm sustainability.

C. Additional needs – We still need a 4 wheel drive pick up truck and a trailer. Other farm equipment is also needed.

D. Grow Broome Project – CHOW will take ownership of the Grow Broome Project started by the United Way Day of Caring group. We will work with the United Way this year and take full responsibility next year.

II - Report on Chili Championship – Brought about $1,200 through ticket sales. Bob Griffin won the Championship. We are discussing partnering with the Alumni Association for next years Championship


A. Hunger Walk – October 17

B. Clinton Street Festival – August 21

C. MudCat Grant Allstar Golf Tournament – September 2 – We will need 15 volunteers to act as hole monitors. We are also selling tee and green signs for $100.00. Corporations can put their logos on the sing and individuals can put their name and any message on them.

D. Swim A-Thone – August 21 The UE Swim club will again host a swim-a-thon for CHOW. Posters are being made and groups are being contacted.

III – HPNAP UPDATE – We will receive a bit less money next year from the State. Next year we also need to reapply for the grant.

IV – MEETING TIME CHANGE?Attendance at meetings has bee down. Do we need to Change the time or day of the week? An email will go out asking for preferences.

Next Meeting - June 8, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WBNG: CHOW Position Available

WBNG-TV Action News Rural Health Service Corps (AmeriCorps): Immediate Openings in Broome, Chenango and Otsego
Health Education Coordinator (Whitney Point): Position available with the Rural Health Network of South Central New York. The Health Education Coordinator will be responsible for several aspects of the ...

Flash Mob for CHOW

Grace Adventure We will draw a crowd of hopefully 200+ people, each person bringing a donation for CHOW (local food pantry). We will practice a little "number" for about an hour and then perform it at our designated place. We can't WAIT to do this!!!!! Its going to be AWESOME! Bring ALL of your friends...for a good cause AND to have fun!!

Friday, August 6, 2010 at 3:00pm
We are not going to release the exact location as of YET...but it will be in Binghamton. We just want to wait another month


We will draw a crowd of hopefully 200+ people, each person bringing a donation for CHOW (local food pantry). We will practice a little "number" for about an hour and then perform it at our designated place. We can't WAIT to do this!!!!! Its going to be AWESOME! Bring ALL of your friends...for a good cause AND to have fun!!

Take Time to Remember One of Our Volunteers

Caroline B. (Casort) Stone
of Endicott
Caroline B. (Casort) Stone, of Endicott, NY, passed away Monday, May 24, 2010, from complications of renal failure. Survived by her husband of 58 years, Darrell Stone, Caroline was born June 23, 1930 in Coffeyville, KS to Fred and Hazel Casort. She is predeceased by brothers, Loren, Robert, Mervin and Marvin Casort. Along with her husband, she is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jane Stone-Bush and Wayne Bush of Philadelphia, PA; son and daughter-in-law, David Stone and Donna June of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Christopher Stone-Bush of Osaka, Japan, Stephen and Sara Stone-Bush of Philadelphia, PA and Jillian Stone of Los Angeles, CA; and sister, Alice (Casort) Evans of Pittsburgh, PA. A loving wife, mother and sister, Caroline is most remembered as a musician. Beginning as a high school accompanist in Coffeyville, she was encouraged to study organ and became the organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church there, a vocation she continued throughout the remainder of her life. After graduating from Coffeyville College of Arts and Sciences, she taught public school music in Sabetha, KS. During her summer break while attending summer classes at UCLA, she was introduced to her future husband, Darrell, by her brother Loren. After marriage, the couple moved to France where Darrell served in the US Army attached to the Air Force, and Caroline served as the chapel organist for the 866th E.A.B. After returning to the States, the pair settled in Endicott, NY where Caroline became church organist for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Endicott, a position she held for 30 years. At the same time, Caroline started a private piano studio from her home where she shared her joy for music with over 225 children. After her retirement from both, Caroline continued to participate in the community as an interim and substitute organist, including serving as accompanist for the Vestal Community Chorus. She was a member of the American Guild of Organists and a past Dean of the Binghamton Chapter; a past co-chairperson of the local chapter of the National Guild of Piano Teachers; the Midstate Music Teachers Association; the Southern Tier Music Teachers Association; and was a member of the Harmony Club of Binghamton. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels, serving since its inception, with C.H.O.W., R.S.V.P. and with the Arts Corp for the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. She was a Past President of her church's Episcopal Church Women chapter, a member of the St. Paul's Altar Guild and other church groups. Caroline and Darrell enjoyed many years of round and square dancing with Shirts and Skirts. They traveled around North America with associated groups and also through Western Europe, including Italy, Spain and Ireland as well.
Funeral Services for Caroline Stone will be held on Friday, May 28, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 200 Jefferson St., Endicott, NY, Rev. Susanna DesMarais officiating. In lieu of calling hours, a reception will be held at the church immediately after the service. The family asks you to please consider memorial donations as an alternative to flowers in Caroline's memory to the Harmony Club of Binghamton, c/o M. Goetz, 317 E. Edward St., Endicott, NY 13760 for music scholarship programs.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from May 26 to May 27, 2010

Southern Tier Close Up - CHOW


Southern Tier Close Up - CHOW

Kathy Whyte talks with Ed Blaine, Director of the Broome County CHOW on how you can help our community.
For more information about Broome County CHOW, click on the CHOW banner

Monday, May 24, 2010

IMO James McDonnell

James A. McDonnell

of Binghamton
James Armour McDonnell, 88, of Binghamton, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully Friday, May 21, 2010. He was predeceased by a daughter, Isabel McDonnell. He is survived by his wife, Harriet Tyler McDonnell, Binghamton; his children, Lisa J. McDonnell, Granville, OH, Cynthia A. McDonnell and her husband, Ben Moore, Manlius, NY, Mary M. and Arne Skjold, Valderoy, Norway, James T. McDonnell and his partner, Kevin J. Sylvester, Washington, DC; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Matthew Moore, and Jan Arne, Christoffer and Paal Skjold; his sister, Frances M. Doyer; and several nieces and nephews. Jim graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a degree in Engineering and served as a Naval Lieut. j.g. in WWII. He retired from the IBM Corporation as Senior Engineer after 38 years. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vestal. He was also a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club and the Triple Cities Glider Club, and he enjoyed travel.
Services will be held at Vestal Hills Memorial Park on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Reverend James D. Tormey, his Pastor, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy in Jim's memory be made to CHOW, 3 Otsiningo Street, Binghamton, NY 13903, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are by the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from May 23 to May 24, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pressconnects: Grow Broome

May 20, 2010
United Way to transfer program

VESTAL The United Way of Broome County will transfer the responsibility of its Grow Broome program to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse program, which is under the operation of the Broome County Council of Churches.
The Grow Broome program, which is entering its fifth year in operation, will allow CHOW to offer a full menu of gardening opportunities for clients, enabling them to grow vegetables even in urban areas.
Known as Earth Boxes -- container-based gardening supplies -- organizations from throughout Greater Binghatmon have been using them including the American Civic Association, Catholic Charities of Broome County, Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, Handicapped Children's Society, Hilltop Manor, Ideal Nursing Center and Waterman Conservation Education Center.

GE, Lockheed Martin & BAE Systems collect food for CHOW

Valerie Zehl's Neighbors: Out now, and full of pride


* Barbara Desjarlais of Binghamton, to whom we introduced you most recently last September, reports that the 60-plus retirees of GE, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems who attended a May 4 luncheon didn't only enjoy the food -- they contributed more than 300 pounds of non-perishables to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW).

Grow Broome Press Release from United Way

Up To The Minute News

United Way to Transfer Grow Broome Program to CHOW

Last Update: 5/18 3:58 pm
From United Way:

United Way will be transferring the responsibility for the Grow Broome program, which is entering its fifth year, at the end of the year. The new coordinator for the program will be the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) program, which is an operation of the Broome County Council of Churches. The two organizations will work together on this year’s program.

Through the Grow Broome program CHOW will be offering a full menu of gardening opportunities. The container gardening using the Earth Box is appropriate for people in urban settings. CHOW will continue will all aspects of the Grow Broome program. The United Way staff and volunteers will work with CHOW to make the transition a smooth one.

“Everyone agrees the CHOW is the perfect organization to continue this program,” said Anne Reyen, co-chair of United Way’s Day of Caring program, which has operated the Grow Broome program since its inception. Grow Broome will be operated under the leadership Rev. Dr. Joseph Sellepack, Executive Director, Broome County Council of Churches, and Deacon Edward Blaine, Director of Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW).

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Grow Broome


By WBNG News

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A crop growing program in Broome County that helps city dwellers live healthier is changing hands and expanding.
"Grow Broome" is part of the United Way's annual day of caring.
The day of service is held on or around September 11th, and memorializes victims of 9/11.
Grow Broome gives people living in urban areas crop boxes to to grow healthy foods in tighter quarters.
CHOW, the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, will now take over running the program, which has grown significantly over the past few years.
"It now encompasses over 150 of the earth boxes and they're in senior centers, schools, youth program areas, so it's really taken on a life of it's own," said United Way Executive Director Alan Hertel.
United Way will continue working with CHOW on the program.

Social Connections for Senior Women

May 17, 2010
Social groups seeking new members

BROOME COUNTY Two Social Connections for Senior Women social support groups are seeking new participants. 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. For more information or to join either group, call Joanne at the Broome County Council of Churches at 724-9130.

The Health Benefits Resulting From Volunteering

Rx for Nonprofits: Your Volunteers and the Health Benefits of Service

An Experience Corps volunteer works on vocabulary words with his English language learner students (Photo: Faith Gong)
The health benefits of volunteering have been reported before, but much is still unknown about the causal relationship between giving time and personal health. Does volunteering make you healthier, or do healthier people volunteer? Should service be prescribed for those with cancer or chronic illness? Are there health benefits to  volunteering that working for pay cannot provide?
That picture is a little clearer thanks to a report VolunteerMatch released today with UnitedHealthcare. The new UnitedHealthcare/VolunteerMatch Do Good. Live Well. Survey provides compelling evidence that volunteering not only enhances volunteers’ physical and mental health but also strengthens relationships between employers and employees.
Among the key findings:
  • More than 68% of those who volunteered in the past year report that volunteering made them feel physically healthier.
  • 29% of volunteers who suffer from a chronic condition say that volunteering has helped them manage their chronic illness.
  • 89% of volunteers agree that volunteering improved their sense of well-being.
  • 73% of volunteers feel that volunteering lowered their stress levels.
  • 92% of volunteers agree that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose in life.
  • More than three-quarters of volunteers who participate in service activities through work report that they feel better about their employer because of the employer’s involvement in their volunteer activities.
Your Organization and the Health of Your Volunteers
For nonprofits, the report is a reminder about healing, happiness and the role that nonprofits play for millions of volunteers.
In the daily work of managing our organizations, it’s easy to overlook the magic that comes from linking with, supporting, and nurturing a cause. A good fit between a volunteer and an organization can literally open a world of possibilities for both sides: When it’s right, volunteers can develop a renewed sense of purpose, create deep connections with other people, and benefit from increased physical and mental activity.
Few experiences in modern life can be so transformative  — and only a very few can have such a lasting and sustained impact on personal health. How can organizations help this process?
Learn from those who target volunteers who need help — An obvious way for organizations to connect with those whose emotional or physical health could benefit from the transformative aspects of volunteering is simply to recruit for it.
Some orgs already do this as part of their mission, especially those that involve the recently bereaved, cancer survivors, ex-cons or recovering addicts. Even if aiding the recovery of your volunteers is not a primary part of your mission, you can still learn from these other organizations in areas of messaging, sensitivity, safety, and other best practices.
Learn to recognize the signs — When they first refer, volunteers may be between jobs or relationships, nervous about an upcoming transition, or even depressed or angry about an illness or loss in their family. With time and nurturing, most volunteers pass through these valleys. But along the way there’s nothing stopping them from making enormous contributions to your mission.
During screening, learn to identify the signs of a volunteer prospect who is in recovery from a hit to her physical or mental well-being. If she brings it up, you have an opening to discuss the role that volunteering could play in helping her get to a new place. Setting realistic expectations is important, but try to balance your role as a risk manager with your role as one who can inspire supporters to reach for new goals.
Make your program a healthy place to volunteer — Most important, your organization should be an environment that’s both conducive to healthy volunteering and good for the long-term recovery of volunteers who need it. How are your volunteers treated? What kind of work are they tasked with? Does it involve exercise? How do you celebrate their accomplishments? How do you correct their mistakes? Are you encouraging healthy relationships between volunteers and other volunteers? Between volunteers and staff?
Being able to answer all these questions positively isn’t a question of budget (although having financial resources certainly helps) — it’s a question of caring.
With National Volunteer Week (April 18-24) ahead of us, now is a great time to make changes that could improve the health of your volunteers. Here are just a few ideas to get you started. Note that most of the solutions here don’t require much besides a bit of extra planning:
  • Invite your volunteers to group lunches to get to know each other better.
  • Celebrate important achievements of volunteers in a public way so they know the organization really cares.
  • Divvy up boring and repetitive tasks so that one volunteer doesn’t have to do it all alone, and miss out on more challenging or meaningful projects.
  • Hold your next volunteer appreciation event at a park and go for a hike together.
Already creating a healthy environment for your volunteers? Share your tips here atEngaging Volunteers.
The Full Report is on the V: Drive in the VOLUNTEER PROGRAM folder.  - Susanne

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