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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
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.
Students planning in the Max A. Shacknai COVE lounge

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

The COVE is hosting three alternative break trips over spring break this year:
  • Refugee Resettlement in Clarkston, GA
  • Habitat for Humanity in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Leadership Development with Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, NY
Applications are due on Wednesday, February 8th. Financial Aid is available for all trips.
Apply now

Ecuador Service-Learning Group

May 22- June 6, 2017
Join the inaugural Colgate service-learning group to Ecuador! In conjunction with the Tandana Foundation, Colgate students will work to support local projects developed by regional communities. Participants will examine Third World Women’s use of art and culture as a means of empowerment.
Information and application

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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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Contact Us

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