Change Maker Blog

2019 Day of Action Book Drive

When school lets out for summer, students are excited for their break from school but do not realize the damage that can happen to their learning. For students, the damage done over the summer months can mean using valuable time in the next grade re-teaching all that...

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Partner Spotlight: The Deposit Foundation

In the eastern rural area of Broome County lays a small, quaint town known as Deposit. People here are rooted deep in family tradition, have friendly relationships with nearly everyone in town, and enjoy the peace and quiet environment that comes with residing in a...

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Why it Pays to Volunteer

What gets you out of bed in the morning? For some people, it’s the career they’ve dedicated their lives to. For others, it’s raising kids and building a family. Whether it be work, hobbies or spending time with family and friends, we all want to fill our lives with...

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Open Letter: FreshCycles and What We Do

Hi! My name is Shams Harper, and I am the FreshCycles Program Coordinator. FreshCycles, a program of the United Way of Broome County, is a Community Bike Shop located on Binghamton’s North side, in the basement of the Lee Barta Community Center. You may find me...

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Community Café Conversations and what they mean to you.

WE’RE LISTENING. Over the past few months, United Way of Broome County has been hosting a series of Community Café Conversations throughout our community. As an interactive conversation, we have been bringing together community members to discuss their aspirations for...

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What’s Up with Americans and Volunteering?

In Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, written in 1840, he shares “the health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.” AKA volunteerism, people. Fast forward to the release of the 2018 Volunteering...

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Making a Difference in the Workplace and the Community

You can make a difference in Broome County. Looking for a way to make your community a better place without having to wander too far from your workspace? Volunteer to be your company’s United Way of Broome County champion! The adage “I gave at the office” still rings...

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The Impact of a Donation

United Way of Broome County began as the Binghamton United Relief Organization, which formed to coordinate fundraising activities among local health and human service organizations. Now, more than 100 years later, the organization continues to rely on the kindness and...

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2-1-1: We Answer the Call

Crisis doesn’t adhere to a convenient schedule. That’s why our 2-1-1 helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to help people in need access local resources like food, shelter, utility assistance and more. Let’s start with Susan, a recent...

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Tax Preparation with United Way of Broome County

Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” and tax season is in full swing! For some of us, filing our taxes is just one more thing to check off our to-do list. But for others, a maximum refund can be a...

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Celebrating with Service on MLK Day

Monday, January 15, will be the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 90th birthday. In his honor, volunteers across the community will roll up their sleeves to be of service by actively transforming Dr. King’s teachings of love and unity into actions that help...

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What is the United Way story?

Have you ever wondered what United Way is? You may have heard of United Way, but do you know what we do? As a network, United Way is one of the largest non-profits in the world. United Way Worldwide (UWW), is the overarching organization lead. Then there are the local...

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