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Sixth Annual Columbia Community Outreach Volunteer Day, April 5, Expects to Draw 1,300 for Area Service Projects

Volunteers participate in Columbia Community Outreach project.

On Saturday, April 5, more than 1,000 Columbia students, faculty, staff and alumni will join community residents, City Council members and State Assembly members for a day-long community service event. The 6th annual Columbia Community Outreach program (CCO) will kick off with remarks from President Lee C. Bollinger before heading out into Manhattan for a day of reinforcing the University's commitment to the community. Volunteers will be joined by State Senator Eric Schneiderman, City Council member Gale Brewer and State Assembly member Adam Clayton Powell. Columbia Community Outreach is a student run program that emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and unity in an urban environment.

Since its inception in 1997 by a group of undergraduate students, CCO has grown in number of volunteers and in diversity of projects. With an estimated 1,300 volunteers, CCO will bring together members of the Columbia and surrounding community through helping at such organizations as:

  • Double Discovery Center College Information Day, a special program organized in conjunction with CCO. Throughout the day, fifty high school students from Louis Brandeis and George Washington High Schools will partake in a number of workshops relating to the college search and application process, including financial aid information. Twenty CCO volunteers will work closely with the students and help with the running of the workshops on the Columbia campus.
  • Frederick Douglass Children's Center (FDCC), which provides tutoring and other Head Start activities to children in need, will celebrate their 45th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the Children's Aid Society. Twenty CCO volunteers will help with the set-up and running of the celebration, at the FDCC, 885 Columbus Avenue, one block south of 104th Street.
  • Rivington House, part of the Nicholas A. Rango Health Center Care Facility, located 45 Rivington St, is a residential facility for patients with HIV. It provides both short term and permanent housing for patients. Ten CCO volunteers will be helping with the weekly party for children living in the facility.

The opening ceremony for CCO begins at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of Low Library with remarks by President Bollinger.

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Published: Apr 02, 2003
Last modified: Apr 01, 2003

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