Early Charity Christmas Gift

By WBNG News

Early Charity Christmas Gift

December 16, 2010 Updated Dec 16, 2010 at 12:07 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Students from Binghamton University are giving back to the community in a big way.

Masters students in public administration at BU wrote and petitioned for a grant for Catholic Charities.

The Community Foundation for South Central New York then selected Catholic Charities as the winner of the grant.

That money will go toward the Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adopting Program.

It's a program that almost didn't make it through previous rounds of funding cuts.

"It's been very difficult to deal with these families when our own revenue base is declining," said Dann Yeager with Catholic Social Services. "We were hit this last year with NYS cuts, we were hit the year before with some NYS cuts, and we were in quite a quandary about what to do about it."

"It really enhanced our experience in the MPA program at Binghamton University," said Nicole Pisaturo, masters student at BU. "it also personally helped my future at least for now with a job that I have with grant writing. We were very very happy that we could help Catholic Charities get this grant."

The grant covers training for effective parenting classes, and pays for two facilitators to teach six-week sessions.

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