How Can I Make an Impact?
An act of impact is anything that makes a positive difference in the lives of others or the world around you. There are countless ways, big and small, to make an impact on Colgate Day; here are a few ideas to get you started. Once you’ve decided what kind of impact you’ll make, pledge to perform it by registering to help us achieve 1,300 acts of impact
Volunteer at a community organization
Spend an afternoon volunteering for your local public library, animal shelter, or soup kitchen. Search for opportunities for you or for your entire family at volunteermatch.org.
Pick up the tab for a stranger
Pay the bill for the table next to yours at a restaurant, or buy coffee for the person in line behind you at Starbucks. Be sure to wish the recipient “Happy Colgate Day!”
Help out a neighbor
Shovel your neighbor’s driveway, offer to babysit for free, or help an elderly neighbor with household chores.
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper
Advocate for a cause that’s important to you, whether it’s a national political issue or the need for a stop sign at the end of your street.
Or sign up to be an organ and tissue donor.
Offer an internship to a Colgate student
If you or your company can offer an internship to a current student, contact Shauna Hirshfield, Internship Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Clean up a local park, beach, or riverbed
Bring your kids to help out, too!
Sign up as a volunteer docent
Local museums, theaters, and arts institutes are often in need of volunteers—see if you can help!
Offer your services pro bono
If you’re a lawyer, financial planner, website designer, or have another valuable skill set, offer a few hours of your time pro bono. Ask a local community group or non-profit is they need specialized assistance, or connect with someone in the Colgate community that could use your help.
Plant a tree or garden
Help the earth, and create something beautiful that your neighbors can enjoy.
Donate clothing, toiletries, or food to a local homeless shelter
Or to an international aid organization to help refugees and victims of natural disasters.
Make a gift to support the COVE or another Colgate program
Visit colgate.edu/makeagift or call 800-668-4428 to help current students make an impact.