Columbia Community Outreach's annual Day of Service is a sure sign of spring, and this year it is set for April 24. Each year more than a thousand members of the Columbia community volunteer at some 40 sites citywide.
CCO volunteers, who include Columbia students, faculty, administrators, staff and alumni, work for such organizations as Covenant House, A Better Place, Habitat for Humanity and the City of New York Parks and Recreation Department on landscaping, maintenance and clean-up projects.
This year's Day of Service will begin at 9 a.m. with check-in and registration on Low Plaza . The opening ceremony is set for 10 a.m., when University President Lee C. Bollinger and Rep. Charles Rangel are scheduled to speak. Volunteers will then leave for their projects at 11 a.m. and return to campus for food and celebration by 5 p.m.
Founded in 1997, CCO performs valuable services around New York and helps to build mutually beneficial relationships between Columbia and the city at large. CCO also raises funds for other community service groups on campus and alerts students to the opportunities for long-term service at Columbia. Since its inception, CCO has raised more than $20,000 for Community Impact, Columbia's umbrella service organization, and the Double Discovery Center, Columbia 's not-for-profit youth service agency for low-income, talented New York City high school students.
For more information, visit http://www.columbia.edu/cu/outreach.