Cayuga’s Watchers is 501(c)(3) charitable organization designed to mitigate the harms associated with high-risk drinking while promoting student safety at Cornell University. The organization recruits, trains, and hires students to anonymously attend student-organized social events at the expressed request of the host. While on duty, employees engage event-goers using non-confrontational bystander intervention techniques to mitigate the harms associated with high-risk drinking, including alcohol poisoning, sexual assault, and property damage. As an educational non-profit, we are equipping students with the knowledge and skills to mitigate alcohol-related risks, even when off-duty.
The demand for our services is promising. Since 2014, Cayuga's Watchers has been requested to work 338 events and intervened 1,764 times. We currently average approximately 6-9 events a week and we hope to work more events each year. However, the greatest challenge facing Cayuga's Watchers is funding. Unlike other collegiate bystander intervention programs, Cayuga's Watchers operates entirely independent of Cornell University. As a non-for-profit that offers its service to the Cornell community free-of-charge, Cayuga's Watchers relies on the generosity of charitable donations by individual donors, local businesses, and non-profit groups. We estimate an annual budget of $100,000 over the next three years.
With your support, Cayuga’s Watchers can reach even further, expanding its operations at Cornell to continue keeping students safe, aware, and socially responsible.
Thank you in advance for your kind consideration and support
for Cayuga’s Watchers.