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Community-Based Volunteer Team Highlights

By Contributing Writer on August 6, 2013
Students take part in the Speak Out against Sexual Assault march on the Colgate Campus.

Students take part in the Speak Out against Sexual Assault march on the Colgate Campus.

The Max Shacknai COVE advises 38 student-led, community-based volunteer teams. These teams cover a wide range of issues and help students build an abundance of skills. Approximately 650 students representing about 25 percent of the Colgate population participate regularly in a volunteer team. In Fiscal Year ’13, volunteer teams performed more than 26,500 hours of direct service in the local community. 

In addition to regular volunteer service, volunteer teams plan a number of complementary events to increase the work and impact of the team. Here’s a sampling of events volunteer teams planned this year:

  • Rethinking Disaster, A disaster simulation event in which participants learned about what it would be like to experience a humanitarian crisis, such as a natural disaster
  • Annual HomeRun 5k and half-marathon fundraiser to benefit the Madison County Habitat for Humanity Affiliate
  • Hunger Banquet simulates global income disparities by demonstrating to participants firsthand how poverty affects others in the world and even here in Madison County
  • Candlelight memorial for Alexandra Kogut, an 18-year-old freshman at SUNY Brockport who was beaten to death by her boyfriend in her dorm room to raise awareness about domestic violence
  • Take Back the Night March and Speak Out offers a safe and supportive opportunity for sexual violence survivors and the people who love them to publicly affirm their transition from victim to survivor
  • Organized a team to participate in the annual America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk in Utica to raise awareness for heart disease
  • Red Cross blood drive, clothing drive, and Donovan’s Pub concert to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy

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