Community Sites and Tasks
Much of the work we do is around Colgate's hometown of Hamilton. As a contrast to the needs of our small rural community, we also spend one of the three days working at agencies in Utica, 50 miles north of Hamilton. While it is a small city, Utica has suffered greatly from economic depression and the urban blight that has affected many cities across the United States. While the work is challenging, it is also very rewarding. View Outreach Locations in a larger map
Where will I be staying during Outreach? Do I get to move into my long-term room early?
You will move into your year-long housing and stay there through the Outreach program. We ask that you do not completely set up your room before your roommate arrives.
Do my parents need to come back for arrival day?
It is not necessary, but it is entirely up to you and your family. You should discuss how comfortable you will feel being on your own on arrival day. There will be a large number of students who have arrived early – athletes, Wilderness Adventure participants, etc. whose parents will not be here on arrival day. Some parents don't want to miss this day and are welcome to return, but you will be able to take care of the details of check-in on your own.
My parents are working; can I come earlier than Wednesday?
In some circumstances, special arrangements can be made with some advance notice. However, rooms may still be getting cleaned and processed, so arriving on Wednesday is best. On Wednesday, we will also have student staff to help you move your belongings into your rooms and professional staff to help you with any problems or concerns. Arriving any earlier, we will be involved in leadership training and will be unable to offer assistance moving in.
Can I get a refund if I can't make it to Outreach?
We will process refunds upon cancellation only up until a certain date.
What do I need for Outreach?
A willingness to get dirty, ratty clothes that you don't mind getting messy, close-toe shoes (sneakers are fine), and a passion for service work!