Cumulative Outcomes from 2011 to 2016:
- 551 Volunteers
- 15,000+ hours of service
- 1,700 community members received computer literacy instruction
- 260 community members attended Drop-In Sessions and Technology Open Houses
- 250 refurbished computers loaned to community members
- 61 refurbished computers were installed in public labs in Broome County and as part of the Bridge to Haiti partnership with SUNY Broome
- 51,000+ lbs of electronics collected, refurbished, and recycled
Community Organization Award
BDDP received a Community Organization Award from the Broome County Office for Aging after expanding its computer literacy courses to a number of area senior centers. Read more about the award online.
Ernst & Young, LLP “Your World, Your Vision” Competition
Binghamton University School of Management students Dali Lu, Oyuka Baatarkhuyag, Michael Genito, Ying Zhu and Joyce Wenjing Xu received the first place prize in this year’s Ernst & Young, LLP “Your World, Your Vision” national competition.The competition asked students to submit an original and creative proposal to make a positive impact in their communities in one of three areas: education, entrepreneurship or the environment the same areas of focus for E&Y’s corporate responsibility efforts.
As the first place-winners, the team received a $10,000 grant from Ernst & Young to implement its proposal to create a student-run organization that collects unwanted computers, refurbish them and return them back to the community through volunteer-led computer literacy classes. In addition, they paired directly with the Center for Civic Engagement’s Bridging the Digital Divide Project to further their reach and increase their overall impact on computer literacy.
BDDP Community Issues Forum
Amanda Addington presented a Community Issues Forum on May 7, 2012 at Broome Community College. Speakers including those representing Binghamton University, the Center for Civic Engagement at Binghamton University, Broome Community College, and representatives of community organizations.
Bridging the Digital Divide – Community Issues Forum – Binghamton University
Binghamton University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Broome Community College hosted a Community Issues Forum on the Digital Divide on May 11, 2011. The forum featured a variety of speakers and displays from students, faculty, and community organizations involved with the Bridging the Digital Divide Project.
As part of the forum, Christie Zwahlen presented her “Impact Capstone” about her year of service launching BDDP as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Binghamton University and Broome Community College.
BDDP Volunteer Receives National Recognition
The Bridging the Digital Divide Project is pleased to announce that community volunteer, Jack Rappaport, has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2011! Through his participation in IBM’s On Demand Community, which allows retired IBM employees to log their volunteer hours, Rappaport has been recognized by the White House for his service to the community. Congratulations, Jack, and thank you for your hard work and dedication.
Faculty Community Scholars Program
A new program offered by the Center for Civic Engagement will provide four faculty members the opportunity to develop or modify a course that incorporates service learning and supports the Bridging the Digital Divide Project.
Each faculty member received a $1,000 stipend, a service-learning mentor, funding for course materials and student projects, and recognition as a Faculty Community Scholar. The courses were taught during the 2011-12 school year and may continue. Scholars and students also shared their experiences at a Community Issues Forum at the end of the school year.