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Columbia Community Outreach Calls for Volunteers for Upper Manhattan Projects, April 6

Last year students worked to clean-up area parks

The student-run Columbia Community Outreach (CCO) extends an invitation to Columbia faculty, staff and residents from the surrounding communities to help clean up parks, work with Habitat for Humanity and assist with other projects in Upper Manhattan on Saturday, April 6.

Volunteers can <A HREF="http://www.columbia.edu/cu/outreach/">register </A> until April 5.

This year's volunteer effort places a heavy emphasis on community improvement throughout Upper Manhattan. In addition to clean-ups in Morningside and Riverside Parks, volunteers will be dispatched to Jackie Robinson, St. Nicholas and Inwood Parks, all north of campus. Volunteers will also assist at organizations such as West Harlem Art Fund and Dance Theater of Harlem in addition to two projects with Habitat for Humanity and many others.

"Dr. Rupp has been one of our greatest supporters. That is why we want this, his last year, to be the largest, most comprehensive and productive in CCO's five year history," said Hyosun Han, (CC '02), Co-chair for CCO '02."We encourage everyone from the greater community to come pick up a shovel in the spirit of service to our community."

The opening ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at which time volunteers will convene on the steps of Low library for the keynote address from Ralph Dickenson, president of United Way of Greater New York, and a special presentation to President Rupp honoring his years of support.

Since its inception in 1997, CCO has brought together more than 1,000 volunteers each year, helping to tie the Columbia community more closely with the neighborhoods surrounding campus. The day-long event raises campus awareness of community service and promotes and raises funds for Community Impact's year-round programs that provide a number of services to the communities surrounding campus, including GED certification, mentoring for school children, ESL training, among other programs.

Published: Mar 27, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002

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