Columbia Community Service: Reaching Out, Helping Out

Photograph: Jeremy Howell, CC'95, gets a hug from Craig, his Little Brother.
Photograph: The CCS Donor Card. Mail it in today.
Photograph: One parent's letter of thanks to CCS.

After 49 years, Columbia Community Service continues to spread goodwill and aid in the neighborhoods around Columbia.

And it's not too late to contribute to this year's fundraising drive.

"There's still time to make this the most successful campaign for community giving ever conducted on this campus," said Kenneth T. Jackson, Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences, who co-chaired this year's campaign with Emily Lloyd, executive vice president for administration.

Children, the elderly and the homeless are primarily served by CCS, but the benefits spread to everyone in our community.

After four months, the campaign has surpassed last year's drive, raising $108,000 for more than 30 nonprofit organizations, such as the Harlem School of the Arts, Morningside Retirement and Health Services, St. Mary's Soup Kitchen and A.C.T.

"These are difficult times for most social service agencies in the United States, but CCS deserves our attention and support for two special reasons," Jackson said. "First, these are our neighbors. And second, the CCS campaign, unlike virtually every other similar organization, devotes every penny of its funds to help the old, the infirm, the young and the needy."

If there is any doubt about the positive impact CCS has on Columbia's neighbors, one only needs to read the many letters of thanks.

"In my family's name, we want to express our gratitude for the wonderful time that all of you made possible for my two children in August last summer," wrote one parent. "We are very pleased with the care, love and attention given to us."

This year was the first time Barnard and Teachers Colleges were involved in the drive, spearheaded by respective presidents Judith R. Shapiro and Arthur Levine.

Giving to CCS was a priority for new employee Irwin B. Kroot. After working for more than eight years in city government, Kroot in December became Columbia's director of human resources development. He quickly signed on as a CCS donor.

"It's a painless way to give money. It's an important thing to do. And it's the right thing to do," Kroot said.

"It's critically important that Columbia be working with the community. It's our city, and Columbia is part of that community," he said.

Programs for People

One of the many nonprofit organizations funded by Columbia Community Service is Community Impact. This student and resident involvement program is run by the campus programs office in Earl Hall.

Columbia University Record -- February 9, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 16