Change Maker Blog

Day of Caring Personal Care Items Drive

It’s time for this year’s Day of Caring Drive! United Way of Broome County is seeking donations of new personal care items from now until the end of September. Items will be distributed to the following non-profit agencies in Broome County: Lee Barta Community Center,...

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Volunteering: Where do I begin?

Although life seems to have been on pause for the past few months, organizations and programs in our area have continued to operate behind the scenes. Many local non-profits throughout Broome County have persevered throughout these hard times. This perseverance would...

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211 & Access to Health- Find Your Answers

Everyone Deserves to Thrive--Not Just Survive Timely access to health care isn’t something that always happens for those in our community who need it most. Every day, people in need who struggle with a mental health crisis, chronic illness or addiction have urgent...

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Managing COVID-19 During the Summer Months

It’s tough to beat the heat when it seems like there is no escape to the effects that COVID-19 has had on the summer months. Even with social distancing in full force, there are still ways to make it a great summer!

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ELS’s Fitness Friday

Calling all parents and kids!   Looking for a way to stay physically active together? United Way of Broome County’s Emerging Leaders Society has teamed up with a special guest to create Fitness Friday just for you!   A play on of our previous event, Sweat it...

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Day of Action 2020

It’s that time again!   United Way of Broome County is seeking donations of childcare center supplies for our annual Day of Action Supply Drive happening now through the end of July. Donations will be allocated to childcare programs at the YMCA, YWCA, Broome...

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Safety Net Challenge Match

To best meet the needs of our community, IBM Endicott has joined forces with us to launch the Safety Net Challenge Match. Every donation made throughout the month of June will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000, by IBM Endicott. That means any investment you...

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Staying Stimulated while Social Distancing

60 days. That’s about how long it has been since the start of social distancing and shutdowns due to COVID-19 in Broome County. That’s a long time for life to be anything but normal! But who says you have to stay at home and do nothing? Now more than ever, people have...

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The 2020 Census is in Full Swing. Get Counted Now!

The 2020 Census is here – take it today so you are counted. You can complete the census online through October 31st.   This is the first time that the census is available to be filled out online, making it easier than ever before. Take the 2020 Census here! In...

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Teacher Appreciation Week in Broome County

Teachers have always and will always be admired. This week, National Teacher Appreciation Week, just gives us an excuse to show them a little more love! In light of the changes due to COVID-19, teachers everywhere, especially Broome County, have been going above and...

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GivingTuesday: A Community Coming Together

#GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity is taking place tomorrow, May 5, 2020, as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Tomorrow, we take the time to recognize the importance of giving in our community and helping others. The act of giving can be...

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HLC Stays Connected

Since mid-March, the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (HLC) partner organizations and staff have put their best foot forward to ensure that our community has access to food, healthy resources, enriching activities, as well as staying connected to their communities in this...

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The COVID-19 Community Respond Fund Alliance Grantees

The COVID-19 Community Respond Fund Alliance, led by United Way of Broome County, Community Foundation for South Central New York, The Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation, The Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation,...

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National Volunteer Week

A selfless act. To give without expectation of reward or recognition.   That is exactly how you would explain the kinds of people that we recognize during this week, National Volunteer Week! In Broome county, we are so lucky to have so many volunteers that...

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What You Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day

News channels, Facebook posts, radio stations, you name it, are constantly reminding us of the ongoing pandemic. Although informational and necessary to be educated, it can also take a toll on one’s mental well-being having to be constantly reminded of negative...

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Good deeds and random acts of kindness during COVID-19

When faced with adversity, some people really rise to the occasion. From small acts of kindness to good deeds affecting hundreds of people, plenty of Broome County residents are doing what they can to help out amid COVID-19 chaos. Hospital Heroes Meals Binghamton -...

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Going the Distance: Mental Health and COVID-19

If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty grocery shelves — are stressful. What you’re feeling is common...

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Story time with United Way

With schools and public places closing around the world in response to the coronavirus, families are finding themselves with a lot of time together at home—a lot of time. You know how to cuddle for naps, how to flip on the TV for a half-hour, how to distract with a...

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The COVID-19 Community Response Fund

We’re facing unprecedented challenges in our community as we confront the COVID-19 emergency—and it’s important we do it together. United Way of Broome County is proud to join and serve the COVID-19 Community Response Fund Alliance, a funder collaborative of...

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The 2020 Census & COVID-19

Schools, restaurants, stores, and businesses close, sports canceled, and events postponed. Although our community has been experiencing rapid changes due to the effects of COVID-19, many essential practices continue to operate. The 2020 census being no exception....

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Children & Coronavirus

In light of schools closing due to COVID-19, children across America are either at home or daycare, and have a lot of free time.   It is important that these children continue to get their education, and to be continuously stimulated. As the days go on, you may...

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COVID-19: A Community in Need

In just the last few days we have seen the community come together to protect those most vulnerable around us. Whether it be local organizations handing out free meals to children and seniors, or grocery stores designating time slots to those most susceptible to the...

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COVID-19: Managing Social Distancing

At this point in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have been asked to practice social distancing—that is, stay home and far away from each other. And it’s stressful. Here are 7 ways you can increase your positivity, lower your stress, and help your health...

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Confronting Mental Health at School: A Success Story

10-year-old Emily* felt as though her world was falling apart. Struggling with her parent’s divorce, Emily was referred to Family & Children’s Counseling Services, a program funded by United Way of Broome County. The Family & Children’s Counseling Services partners with schools and families to provide therapeutic intervention and support services in the school to families who might not otherwise be able to access services.

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Happy National 211 Day!

Happy National 211 Day! Today,  February 11th, we celebrate National 211 Day to recognize the importance of the vital service. Every year, millions of people across North America contact 211 for assistance. Ensuring every person has access to this critical resource...

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5 Ways 211 Can Make Life Easier

211 Day (February 11 or 2/11) is right around the corner. Many people are unfamiliar with 211 and the information and referral services provided. Learn about 211 and the importance of the services in our community. Whether you’re searching for information or a...

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4 Reasons Why VITA Means More Than a Tax Return

Piles of paperwork. Hours at the computer. Long visits to the accountant. For most of us, tax season is a hassle we’d rather do without. But for those struggling to make ends meet, a full tax refund is a vital budget boost that keeps the lights on, puts food on the...

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Partner Spotlight: American Red Cross, Active in Disaster

As the flames continued to grow, you could feel the heat radiating across your entire body. The glowing orange light and the faint sound of firetruck sirens in the distance lured neighbors out of their homes to see what was going on. As the neighbors slowly crept out,...

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4 Tips for Giving Back this Giving Season

In the last weeks of the year, we are busier than ever – busy with shopping, celebratory meals, and gift-giving. There’s more gathering with family and friends. There’s also a greater inclination toward philanthropy this time of year, as we take stock of all we have,...

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5 Ways to be Thankful during this Holiday Season

  Do you ever find yourself rushing to the store on Black Friday to get a deal on something you probably don’t even need? Instead, take the time this holiday to be present in the moment and thankful for everything and everyone you have in your life. This little...

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A Day Encouraging People to do Good

  Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, millions of people swarm stores looking for minuscule deals on items such as electronics and clothing. This consumer-centric behavior has led to a decreased awareness of what the holiday season is truly about. In...

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Young Professionals Making a Difference in Broome County

Join our next generation of emerging leaders! United Way’s Emerging Leaders are a dynamic group all about making connections – with a purpose. With the Emerging Leaders Society, you’ll have opportunities to give back to Broome County at events while meeting other...

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211: We Answer the Call

Every year, millions of people across North America contact 211 for assistance. Ensuring every person has access to this critical resource exemplifies United Way’s fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. By...

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Partnering for a Purpose

This year, United Way of Broome County unveiled its new 3-year Community Commitment with a vision of Revitalizing Collaboration, Inspiring Giving, and Unifying Efforts and Resources. One method employed to accomplish this vision is done by hosting supportive services...

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Day of Caring (Video Recap)

Over 1,100 volunteers from across the community came together on September 13 and 14, 2019 to lend a hand during United Way of Broome County’s annual “Day of Caring” volunteer event. Here is a snapshot of some projects completed in the community! Thank you to all the...

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Welcoming New Board of Directors Members!

  We would like to thank everyone who attended the 2019-2020 United Way of Broome County Campaign Kickoff & Annual Meeting. This amazing event was held last week for supporters, collaborators, volunteers, and our community to celebrate accomplishments and...

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WE LISTENED AND WE ARE TAKING ACTION

  “Do what we do best and partner for the rest” Yesterday, United Way of Broome County was fortunate to host the Boost Broome event, to share what was heard and what learned during our Community Café Series. The Community Café Series was a collaborative effort to...

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Advocacy Alert: Why an Accurate Census Count in 2020 Matters

The colossal task of counting every individual in the country as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment will launch on April 1, 2020, and for the first time, the Census Bureau’s count of the population will be primarily web-based. The decennial census;...

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United Way is Committed to Boosting Broome

WE LISTENED. This year, United Way of Broome County hosted 10 community cafes, bringing community members from across the county together to share their thoughts about our community strengths and their vision for the future. More than 300 individuals participated...

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We Are Fresh Cycles

FreshCycles, a program of the United Way of Broome County, is a Community Bike Shop located on Binghamton’s Northside, in the basement of the Lee Barta Community Center. We work with neighborhood residents, youth riders, bicycle enthusiasts of all ages, and people who...

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A Heartfelt Thank You

As we wrap up our 2018/19 Annual Community Campaign we say Thank You. Your gift to United Way of Broome County makes a positive and impactful difference in our community. Because of YOU, United Way of Broome County is able to assist 38 local non-profits with 72...

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Day of Action Summer Reading Gear Up!

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book” - Dr. Seuss Reading over the summer break months is one of the main ways to keep your child’s brain active and growing in a constant state of learning. Reading not only increases a...

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Celebrating Father’s Day!

Dads and role models come in different shapes, sorts and sizes. Here at the United Way we know the importance of role models and especially dads within our communities.  This Father’s Day, grab that special someone in your life and join the United Way of Broome County...

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We Are Nearing the Finish Line!

It’s crunch time at the United Way. United Way of Broome County is in the final weeks of the Annual Community Campaign and we are calling on the community to help. We are calling on you for one last push to help us have a positive impact on our community. With your...

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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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