The American Civic Association of Binghamton is getting help to upgrade their environmental systems at their offices at 131 Front Street.
The nonprofit that has been helping area immigrants settle in the South End for decades has been dealing with an older air conditioning and heating system than most people working at the facility.
Now the city is providing $150,000 of federal funding from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to replace the American Civic building’s air handler unit. Association that is about 60 years old.
The new unit will improve the building’s energy efficiency, which can save ACA money on its fuel bills. The new unit will also respond to a more contemporary concern. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the issue of indoor air quality has become much more important, even essential to ongoing operations. The new system includes a modern air sanitation system, which can help reduce the transmission of airborne contaminants like COVID-19 into workspaces.
Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham said, The American Civic Association provides invaluable service to the Binghamton community, supporting local immigrants and refugees and fostering pride in our region’s diversity. The Republican, in making the funding announcement, went on to say, “This funding will allow the ACA to make critical improvements to its building to ensure it can keep its doors open and continue to serve our community for many years to come.”
ACA executive director Hussein Adams says that, like most nonprofits, the group finds it difficult to find additional funds to undertake expensive projects while continuing to focus on the mission of, according to his own words: “to build bridges of understanding between people of all backgrounds.
ACA was founded in 1939 and serves immigrants and refugees in the Greater Binghamton area, offering citizenship classes, ESL classes, legal clinics, translation assistance, and other services. .