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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.

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.

Upcoming Programs and Deadlines

In honor of MLK Day, the COVE is sponsoring a campus-wide Afternoon of Service on Friday, January 27 at 12:15 PM or 1:15 PM. Students staff and faculty are invited to volunteer at one of our local community partner sites.

Register now

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 Tuesday, February 7th. Financial Aid is available for all trips.

More information and application

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How to Get Involved

With more than 40 volunteer teams, the COVE has something to offer all students. Check out all of our teams on Get Involved.

Whether it is participating in an alternative break trip or lending a hand during an afternoon of service, the COVE has many programs and initiatives the entire Colgate community is invited to participate in. LEARN MORE

Stop by one of our many Brown Bags or team events throughout the year. Stay up to date on what is going on in the COVE by signing up for our weekly e-newsletter, 'The Grapevine'.

We encourage alumni to continue doing good by engaging with the Common Good Professional Network, as well as by staying in touch with the Max A. Shacknai COVE!
 Students participate on an alternative break trip focused on hunger issues in Washington DC

Connect With Us

Contact Us

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