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Where We Work

Colgate University is located in Hamilton, NY, part of Madison County. COVE teams provide direct service to a wide range of communities in the immediate surrounding areas of Madison County and as far away as Utica, NY.
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Madison County

County facts:
  • Formed in 1806, and named for James Madison, the fourth president of the United States.

  • Has an estimated population of 73,365 (2006)

  • Average commute to work: 23.4 minutes

  • Largest employer: Oneida Indian Nation (5,000)

  • Second largest employer: Colgate University (750)

  • Persons below poverty rate: 9.8%, 23rd in state (14.2% in NY, 12.5% in country)

  • County seat: Wampsville

  • Board of Supervisors type government
Things to see and do:
  • The National Abolition Hall of Fame, located in Peterboro highlights Madison County's importance on the Underground Railroad

  • The Madison-Bouckville antique show is the largest of its kind in the Northeast.

  • Pratts Hollow is considered to be the geographic center of New York State

  • Earlville Opera House: a historic landmark, houses a beautiful historic theater, two art galleries, an arts café, and an artisan gift shop.

  • Chenango Canal Association in Bouckville offers a museum and several miles of walking trails alongside the 180-year-old canal that once stretched through central New York.

Town of Hamilton

Town facts:
  • Local income: $48,036 compared to the national average, $45,994 (2010 Census)

  • Population in 2010: 4,239

  • Square miles: 41.36 

  • Average commute to work (by car): 10 minutes 

  • 56.8% of residents have achieved an Bachelor’s degree or higher.

  • Founded on March 5, 1795

  • On Feb. 19, 1895, a fire destroyed the majority of Hamilton village, which was subsequently rebuilt.
Town resources:
A corner of the main intersection in the Village of Hamilton

City of Utica

As the closest city to campus, Utica is an important focus for the COVE. Because of its unique history and socio-economic situation, Utica is an area where we see the opportunity for our students to do good work, and really have an impact with their service projects. That is why we have staff specifically supervising our various Utica-based groups and serving as liaisons to community partners there.

Like many industrial towns in the Northeast, Utica has experienced a major reduction in manufacturing activity and is experiencing financial difficulties. As a result, many public services have been curtailed and employment opportunities are limited.
Fast facts:
  • Utica serves as a refugee resettlement city. From 1973 to 2011, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees had resettled 13,973 refugees in the Utica area.

  • Almost 1 in every 2 children live below the poverty line (46.9% as of 2011)

  • Madison Square Garden in New York City is modeled after the Utica Memorial Auditorium, built in 1959

  • The 2010 population estimate for Utica was 62,235.

  • About 29 percent of that population lives below the poverty line (2010).

  • The median income for a family was $40,817 (2010).
Things to see and do:
  • It is the site of the annual Boilermaker Road Race, the largest 15K road race in the United States.

  • The city hosts Snowfari, the largest winter festival in central New York, and has numerous museums and other historical and cultural offerings.

  • Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is a regional fine arts center founded in 1919.

  • Sculpture Space is unique in North America for its service to sculptors and the individual support given to artists.

  • Hosts the American Heart Association’s biggest America’s Great Heart Run and Walk.

  • The Utica Zoo is home to the world’s largest watering can. The 2,000 pound can is 15 feet 6 inches in height and 12 feet in diameter