Funded Projects

Binghamton Community Advocates Project (BCAP)

BCAP is a group of individuals with lived experience aiming to change the way people think about being poor. On this journey, we have learned a lot and hope to continue to learn throughout this transformational process. In two to five years from now, we won’t be in the same position. We want to see our efforts trickle down to generations to come, working for solutions that will end generational poverty. BCAP is working with a focus on making a community impact; this project is not solely about the individual. It’s a movement lead by individuals looking inward, into themselves with the intention of taking their newfound empowerment and skill then extending outward to help others find the same within themselves, helping to build the community: a community of people helping people who will pass that along to others.



Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition - Many Hands Food Co-op

The Many Hands Food Cooperative addresses poverty and food insecurity in Binghamton’s North Side food desert by establishing a full-service grocery store on the cooperative business model to provide healthy and affordable foods. This will serve as a catalyst for economic development by creating local jobs, prioritizing local sourcing, and investing and retaining wealth in the local area. This will also serve as a community development center by offering health and nutrition classes and partnering with other community organizations. To ensure community ownership, residents will be incentivized to purchase shares to become owners of the cooperative. Shares will be a one-time fee, limited to one per person, and offered at an affordable $25/person (subject to change) with opportunities for time-payment and donated shares. Shares offer a community voice in the decision-making process of the cooperative and include membership benefits such as discounts and program offerings. The store will be open to all individuals, not just shareholders, and everyone is welcomed.


Referral: To learn more, or for questions, contact David Currie at or 607-221-4098.

Broome-Tioga NAACP Economic Development Committee - Youth Employment Prep Program

The program goal is to connect historically marginalized youth to employment opportunities through career development.


Referral: If interested, contact B-TNAACP’s Economic Development Committee at or or call 607-444-1583

Catholic Charities of Broome County - Community Empowerment Center

The project’s long-term goal is to improve the financial stability of those utilizing the community empowerment center, by moving out of poverty. The project’s short-term goal is to help participants gain additional supports beyond food, with the aid of a mentor. As part of a successful community empowerment center, we would employ two mentors, each at 20 hours a week, to work those who reside in the City of Binghamton, our largest population of people seeking help.


Referral: If interested in learning more or for questions, please contact Mary Whitcombe at or 607-584-7800.

Crime Victims Assistance Center - CVAC/Promise Zone Collaboration Expansion

This program provides and increases support, case management, education, and outreach to the children and families working directly with Broome County Promise Zone in order to reduce stressors of poverty and trauma and increase the success of students and families.


Referral: If interested in learning more or for questions, please contact Meghan Whalen- Gorton at or 607-723-3200.

Mothers & Babies Parinatal Network - Women's Empowerment Circle

The Women’s Empowerment Circle will work with single mothers between the ages of 18 and 32 to identify barriers to employment and/or education while teaching them the skills to reach their goals. The Women’s Empowerment Circle will assist the participants with obtaining gainful employment and/or continuing their education. Over the course of a year, women in the program will attend a Personal Skills Academy and a Career Academy, at the end of which participants will receive a certificate of completion. During the last 6 months of the program, Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network, or one of our partner agencies, will provide program participants with a part-time employment opportunity.


Referral: Individuals can enroll by calling (607) 772-0517 for an appointment to fill out an application. Enrollees will meet with the Women’s Empowerment Circle staff for a face-to-face interview.

Rural Health Network of South Central New York - Getthere Transportation to Employment Program

Getthere’s Transportation to Employment Program (TEP) benefits low-income residents of Broome County who are unemployed, under-employed, or seeking employment, and who have identified transportation as a barrier to employment. Our voucher program utilizes several transportation modes to make employment opportunities more accessible for those who otherwise have been limited by their transportation options to attend job interviews, job training, and long-term employment. Partnering with social service organizations and governmental agencies, we work with case managers to develop cost-effective and efficient transportation options for the individuals they work with who are seeking employment, with the goal of ensuring that each individual can provide their own self-sustained transportation to work once employment has been secured.

Referral: To learn more, contact Cindy Martin at or Bill Wagner at

The Research Foundation of the State of New York - Broome County HEARS Adult Empowerment Series

BC HEARS’ Adult Empowerment Series engages Binghamton residents in an exploration process of themselves and their local community.  The Series provides participants with increased skills in leadership, teamwork, program planning, project implementation, and evaluation practices as they work together to create a local community service project.  The skills gained will allow participants to clearly set education, employment, and community participation goals for themselves.


Referral: If interested in enrolling in the Series or for questions, please contact Erin Marulli at or 607-778-5420.

The Salvation Army - Pathway of Hope Family Empowerment Center

Pathway of Hope (POH), a long-term, case management intervention, is a high intensity, wrap around approach designed to meet the nee.ds of low-income families in the transition from a dependency on emergency assistance to self-sufficiency as a means to impact intergenerational poverty.


Referral: If interested in learning more or for questions, please contact Sarah Johnson at or 315-559-3932.

Upstate Minority Economic Alliance - UMEA Upstart and Apprenticeship Training Program

UMEA creates a pipeline of opportunities and resources that supports entrepreneurs and business owners of color at all levels of business maturation and size to launch and grow successful ventures. UMEA will contract with minority-owned businesses in the community to provide business networking and professional services to members. UMEA Trades Apprenticeship Program combines the training and apprenticeship hours needed to obtain licenses with business formation technical assistance and MWBE certification.


Referral: If interested in learning more or for questions, please contact Rickey Brown at or 315-470-1975.

Urban League - ATTAIN Technology Program

Under this program, the Broome County Urban League (BCUL) ATTAIN technology program in partnership with the SUNY Research Foundation and the BCUL Media and Communications Program in partnership with On Point Productions, will work to serve up to 200 individuals who classify as unemployed, underemployed (working poor) or T ANF/T ANF 200%eligible. These individuals will be identified through DSS, Workforce NY and our other partnering agencies. Individuals will be those who are looking for training to obtain employment or better position themselves for advancement, individuals looking to start their own business, entering an educational program whether secondary or post secondary and/or those looking to begin advanced vocational training.


Referral: If interested in learning more or for questions, please contact Jennifer Lesko at or 607-723-7303.

WSKG Public Telecommunications Council - Chasing the Dream

Produced by WSKG, Chasing the Dream is a television series that sheds light on the severity of local poverty statistics, daily challenges faced by those living in poverty, root causes of local poverty, the reality of what poverty looks like in our region with real-life stories of individuals and businesses, and the successes and challenges of poverty-reduction efforts taking place in our communities.


Referral: To learn more, contact Nicole Kradjian at


Binghamton-Broome Anti-Poverty Initiative of United Way of Broome County 

47 North Street

Binghamton, NY 13905




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An Initiative of United Way of Broome County

The United Way of Broome County provides administrative support and oversight to BBAPI committees.