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Afternoons of Service

During the 1950s and ’60s, Martin Luther King Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. The “afternoon of service” builds on that legacy.

Remembering 9/11: Afternoon of Community Service

The COVE and our volunteers are joining the national network of more than one million Americans who serve their local communities in remembrance of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

This year's event will be:
Friday, September 12
12:15 or 1:15–5:00 p.m.
Pickup from the Curtis Clock

Register by 12 p.m. on September 10

Each year we encourage and support people campus-wide as they volunteer in the community as a means of paying tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11. Through our service we remember the remarkable way that our nation rose up in unity and service following the tragedy of the attacks.

Martin Luther King Jr. Afternoon of Community Service

Students volunteer at the Hamilton Central School.

We think Martin Luther King Jr. Day should be a day on, not a day off. Our goal is to bring people of various ages and backgrounds together to move our local community and nation closer to the “beloved community” that King envisioned.

Each January we join the national commemoration of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by hosting an MLK Afternoon of Service.

Our students and staff have served at various community sites in Hamilton, Madison, Clinton, and Utica. For those who have time constraints and are unable to serve off campus, we also host on-campus service opportunities. We've had as many as 135 total volunteers participating in 15 projects, combining for 431 total service hours.