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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.

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Finding Money for Social Change: Grant Writing Skills

Successful nonprofits have one thing in common: talented people with the skills to secure funding.  The Max Shacknai COVE, Upstate Institute, Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations Office, and Office of Career Services are offering students the opportunity to enroll in a 12-week, non-credit bearing class on grant writing.  This hands-on series of workshops is designed to help you understand the often mysterious process of grant writing.  Participants will learn how to search for and identify potential funding sources, plan a program and develop a budget, and prepare a customized proposal with a local community-based organization.

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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.
 Students participate on an alternative break trip focused on hunger issues in Washington DC

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Office: 109 Lathrop (Campus map)
Phone: 315-228-6880
E-mail: cove@colgate.edu