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Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE)

Helping Hands
Students help the elderly residents of the Madison Lane Apartments as part of the annual Memorial Day of Service.
Afternoons of Service
The MLK Afternoon of Service hopes to honor Dr. King's teachings of citizenship and service, and recognize the role they play in strengthening communities.
Alternative Breaks
Learning at Colgate does not stop when students go on break. Alternative breaks foster teamwork and friendships while helping a community in need. LEARN MORE: Alternative Breaks
Living in a close-knit community, you have the ability to make a significant impact. Join us to explore your role in the community through service, citizenship, and community building.

The Max A. Shacknai COVE

The Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education strives to engage students as learners and citizens in responsible and challenging work.

Students learn the leadership skills needed to affect lasting social change through a variety of collaborative civic projects serving the areas of child and youth mentoring, food and shelter, educational enrichment and community health.

The COVE provides a forum for questioning and reflecting on the root causes of the most challenging social issues.

How to Get Involved


Upcoming Programs and Deadlines

Spring Alternate Break Applications

Habitat for Humanity - Orange Park, FL
Spring Break 2019 (March 10-16)

Habitat for Humanity houses are simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families. Habitat lends no-profit, no-interest, mortgage loans to its beneficiary families. The goal of Habitat for Humanity is to help solve the global housing crisis and help the 48.5 million people living in poverty.

More Information can be found here

Leadership Development with Pathfinder Village - Edmeston, New York
Spring Break 2019 (March 11-15)

Pathfinder Village is a caring community offering independence to people living with Down Syndrome and developmental disabilities.Volunteers will take part in a five-day inclusive team building program designed to build shared learning, mentoring, and coaching relationships between Pathfinder Village secondary students and college age peers. 

More information can be found here

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Our Impact

Through the service of 775 students, The COVE contributed more than 31,000 service hours to the community equaling $730,360 in salary savings to the community last year!

COVE teams also tutored 200 local students, mentored 190 local youth, assisted 150 elderly and low income adults, answered more than 800 emergency calls, increased 50 students SAT scores an average of 100 points, impacted roughly 800 pets and enriched 60 students education through additional programming.
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Office: 109 Lathrop (Campus map)
Phone: 315-228-6880
E-mail: cove@colgate.edu