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United Way of Broome County Awards $70,139 in Grant Funding to Local Agencies


Today, United Way of Broome County and the Helen T. Howland Foundation have agreed to provide Venture and Special Assistance Grants, totaling $70,139, to 8 programs. Recipient programs are either innovative, new human service programs in Broome County or special one-time purchases and projects that demonstrate a high level of need and also fit within focus areas defined within the United Way’s Community Investment Strategy Report. 

At the heart of the United Way’s Community Investment Strategy is commitment to mobilizing the caring power of Broome County to advance the common good. The United Way believes the betterment of the community can be achieved by focusing on three basic building blocks: Education, Income, & Health. Grants awarded as part of the 2012 Venture and Special Assistance Program address these three building blocks through programs in General Health & Wellness, Youth Mental Health, Chemical Dependency Prevention, Physical Fitness, and Adult Literacy.

The following 8 projects will be funded:

•  Venture grant to Fairview Recovery Services, Inc. to implement an equine assisted therapy project. The project will assist clients in their recovery by developing confidence and coping skills. ($4,000)

•  Venture grant to the Family and Children’s Society, Inc. to develop an ADHD specialty clinic.  This project will serve children & youth in our community by training existing clinical staff at Family and Children’s Society to provide comprehensive assessments/diagnosis, evidenced based treatment, and clinical consultations to schools and area physicians. ($9,871)

•  Venture grant to the Handicapped Children’s Association for the purchase of  iPads. This project will allow HCA consumers with autism to better communicate with staff and others around them using a mix of visual and audio cues.  ($12,698)

•  Venture grant to Southern Tier Alternative Therapies (STAT) for the “Taking Strides to Communicate” program.  This project will build on STAT’s existing equine therapy program for non-verbal and low-verbal youth between the ages of 3 and 6 by incorporating a communication/literacy development component utilizing Augmentative Alternative Communication (a speech generating device).  ($12,540)

•  Special assistance grant to the Jewish Community Center of Binghamton to expand the fitness equipment suite. This project will allow the JCC to expand their current fitness suite by adding new fitness equipment, providing an opportunity to reduce early childhood obesity and encourage continual physical activity. ($6,740)

•  Special assistance grant to Planned Parenthood of South Central NY to purchase five new  health center exam tables.  ($7,290)

•  Special assistance grant to the Association for Vision Rehabilitation & Employment for educational programming titled “Coming Out of the Dark About Vision Loss”.   The project will provide community education about vision loss and introduce individuals with vision loss to the wide range of services and supports available to aid them in their daily living.  The project will include the airing of a documentary on WSKG, panel discussion, and vision health fair.  ($5,000)

Venture grant to the Family Enrichment Network for the adult literacy program.The project will expand their Adult Literacy Program to help meet the needs of the whole community by helping to increase the proficiency skills of over 100 community residents.  ($12,000)

Congratulations to all of the agencies who were awarded a grant, and a special thanks to the JCC for hosting the event and our friends at WBNG, Fox 40, and WNBF for helping us get the word out!

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A BIG weekend for the Bark Park!


This weekend is an exciting one for the Bark Park, with a fundraiser on Saturday and volunteer opportunities on Sunday!

On Saturday, local Boy Scout Ian Watson has arranged a benefit car wash at Auto Zone on Main Street in Binghamton from 10am-2pm. Proceeds from the carwash will benefit the Bark Park, and will help Ian earn his Eagle Scout status! Come out for a wash and support a great community project!

On Sunday, the Bark Park is looking for volunteers to come out and help with landscaping and improvement projects. Some specific projects that will be in the works:

* Dig 3 holes for hydrants that are 11” deep and 6” wide
* Move soil and shape beds for landscaping
* Weed whack bamboo and pull weeds all around.  If time, we will also work on the Riverwalk.

If you, or someone you know would be interested in getting your hands dirty and having a little fun, please join us at the park anytime after 11am on Sunday. The Bark Park is adjacent to Cheri Lindsey Park in Binghamton – CLICK HERE for directions. Everyone is also encouraged to bring any tools that might be helpful. We hope to see you there!

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Job Opportunity with the Broome-Tioga Mobility Management Project

Are you looking for a way to gain experience in project management, marketing, and human services in the Binghamton area?

Check out the Mobility Management Associate position with the Broome-Tioga Mobility Management Project.

While working as an Americorps member, you will make a difference by helping people connect to transportation services.  You will make contacts with many local, state and national organizations, and get a great insider’s view of the non-profit and governmental world; this is a wonderful professional opportunity.  This position has a 12 month (1700 hour) commitment.

Get experience that will make your resume stand out!

This position will be filled by September, 2012.

CLICK HERE for a job description. CLICK HERE for more information about the program, including compensation and benefits.


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United Way Job Opening: National & Community Service Specialist

We are currently accepting applications for a new position at United Way of Broome County. Please visit http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Jobs/JobDetails.aspx?job_did=JHS2X963YMY3LSNS62W for more details!

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Have Some Fun and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


We had lots of fun with our friends at the “Be One In a Million” event at Let’s Read in the Oakdale Mall during yesterday’s Day of Action. Thanks to all of the families that came out for storytelling and crafts – we had a blast! We’d also like to extend a very special thanks to our volunteer readers – Laurie, Lisa, Eliza, from the Binghamton City School District and April from the Deposit Free Library.

The fun doesn’t have to end – if you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering to read to children, visit www.uwbroome.org/letsread for more information and to express interest in this opportunity!

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Job Opportunity at United Way of Broome County

United Way of Broome County is currently accepting applications for the Finance Director position. For more details, CLICK HERE to see the job posting on CareerBuilder.com.

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