Students in a philanthropic program at Binghamton University are awarding more than $ 14,000 in grants this year to not-for-profit organizations in Broome County.
Students in the Masters of Public Administration program raised funds as part of their training to become future leaders in the nonprofit sector.
This year, $ 4,165 will be used to support the Greater Good Grocery Store on the north side of Binghamton, operated by the Broome Council of Churches. The store is finally tackling a food desert that has plagued the neighborhood for years and provides a source of healthier food and fresh produce for the underserved community. The Broome County Council of Churches uses the store’s funds to match the expenses of low-income patrons.
Undergraduate students in the Philanthropy and Civil Society course donated $ 7,500 to Gigi’s Playhouse, which provides services to people with Down’s syndrome and their families, and $ 2,500 to a new financial literacy program called “Project STACK”. This organization helps young people to better manage their money and make financial decisions.
Students are praised for being able to collect the money they donated despite being unable to host events in person due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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