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Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE)

Helping Hands
Helping Hands
Students help the elderly residents of the Madison Lane Apartments as part of the annual Memorial Day of Service.
Afternoons of Service
Afternoons of Service
The MLK Afternoon of Service hopes to honor Dr. King's teachings of citizenship and service, and recognize the role they play in strengthening communities.
Alternative Breaks
Alternative Breaks
Learning at Colgate does not stop when students go on break. Alternative breaks foster teamwork and friendships while helping a community in need. LEARN MORE: Alternative Breaks
Living in a close-knit community, you have the ability to make a significant impact. Join us to explore your role in the community through service, citizenship, and community building.

The Max A. Shacknai COVE

The Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education strives to engage students as learners and citizens in responsible and challenging work.

Students learn the leadership skills needed to affect lasting social change through a variety of collaborative civic projects serving the areas of child and youth mentoring, food and shelter, educational enrichment and community health.

The COVE provides a forum for questioning and reflecting on the root causes of the most challenging social issues.

How to Get Involved


Upcoming Programs and Deadlines

Alternative Spring Break Programs

Apply now to participate in one of the COVE's alternative break programs! Students will be heading to Exmore, VIrginia to work with Habitat for Humanity or partnering with students at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, NY.

Click here for more information and to apply!

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Our Impact

Through the service of 775 students, The COVE contributed more than 31,000 service hours to the community equaling $730,360 in salary savings to the community last year!

COVE teams also tutored 200 local students, mentored 190 local youth, assisted 150 elderly and low income adults, answered more than 800 emergency calls, increased 50 students SAT scores an average of 100 points, impacted roughly 800 pets and enriched 60 students education through additional programming.
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Contact Us

Office: 109 Lathrop (Campus map)
Phone: 315-228-6880
E-mail: cove@colgate.edu