Bearded Broome is back for 2022!
During No-shave November 2021, Bearded Broome raised $21,319 for CHOW, a local food banking organization that aims to stop hunger by distributing over 2.2 million meals per year to those in need ($1 donated to CHOW = 5 meals distributed in the community). This year, we’re looking to set the bar even higher and make an even bigger impact in our community!
Bearded Broome is being spearheaded by three Binghamton University employees: Dickie White (left) with the University Police Department, and Troy Norton (center) and Derek Jorden (right) with Residential Life. Here we are at the end of the 2021 campaign!
Originally started in Australia as a way to educate people on men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and mental health, Bearded Broome is a no shave inspired event with a slightly different focus- addressing the food insecurity facing 1 in 4 children in Broome County! By changing our appearance via growing out our beards (don’t worry, we’re exploring ways for folks of diverse and intersecting identities to participate too), we hope to bring attention to the issue and give back to our community in the process. And hey – if we can have some fun and a few laughs along the way, then all the better!
Internally, we plan on engaging a number of constituents at the University, with Res Life and UPD being just the tip of the iceberg. We’re especially excited to program through Resident Assistants’ B-Connected residential curriculum, as well as in the Health and Wellness Community themed student housing. Externally, we aim to partner with a number of prominent community forces: we’ve begun discussing collaborative opportunities with Dapper Rascal Studio, and we hope to expand on partnerships we built in 2021 as well.
As the year goes on, we’ll have tons more updates on our campaign, and are hopeful to organize events throughout the Fall. In the meantime, we’re looking to add enthusiastic members to our team. Here are some ways you can help the cause: