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Community-Based Teams

The COVE advises roughly forty student-led, community-based teams that meet a wide range of community need while helping students build leadership skills.
Colgate students attend a campus event with their Sidekicks

Join a Team

With nearly forty teams to choose from in the COVE, there is a volunteer group for everyone. Teams focus on issues such as community advocacy, education, public health and environmental stewardship. See the COVE's full list of teams on Get Involved.

Need help choosing the team that is right for you? Stop into the COVE (109 Lathrop) and talk with one of our interns or staff advisors or email us at

Current Volunteer Teams

Community Advocacy

  • Colgate Buddies volunteers develop one-on-one friendships with intellectually challenged adults in the Hamilton community.
  • DoRAK works through short-term, local service projects and a pay-it-forward lifestyle in the Colgate community.
  • engAGE facilitates cross-generational relationships between Colgate students and local elders.
  • Friends and Mentors works with Berkshire Farms, a temporary group home for adolescents sent there by family courts because of truancy, behavioral problems, or family issues.
  • Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable, decent housing to families in need.
  • Friends of Hamilton Manor volunteers travel weekly to an assisted living facility in Hubbardsville.
  • Pet Pals volunteer at Wanderer’s Rest and Spring Farm Cares.
  • Rotaract works with the Hamilton Rotary Club to promote a "service above self" attitude at local, national, and international levels.
  • Students for Students supports underprivileged students at under-funded schools around the world


  • BRITE volunteers travel to Sherburne-Earlville Middle School weekly to provide 6th graders with after school activities including crafts, sports and games.
  • Friends First provides positive role modeling and mentorship to middle schoolers from Hamilton Central School.
  • Hamilton Elementary and Secondary Tutors provide weekly tutoring to K-12th grade children.
  • Hamilton Outdoor Group's mission is to teach Hamilton middle schoolers outdoor skills and an environmental ethic that will encourage a positive outdoor experiences.
  • Head Start is a national, federally-funded program that supports the positive growth of low-income children.
  • Let's Get Ready helps local high school students prepare for the SAT, discuss college choices, and aids with the application and financial aid processes.
  • Liberty Kids is a children's literacy program based at Hamilton Central School.
  • Mad Crafts is an after-school art program at Madison Central School Thursdays from 2:45-4:00pm.
  • Mad Tutoring is a team that works with middle schoolers at nearby Madison Central School.
  • Morrisville-Eaton Elementary and High School Tutoring provide tutoring weekly to K-12th grade children at Morrisville-Eaton Elementary School.
  • North Broad Street Mentoring provides after school programming weekly to kindergarten to second graders from Oneida's North Broad Street Elementary School.
  • North Broad Street Graduates provide after school programming weekly to students in 4th and 5th grade at Oneida's North Broad Street Elementary School.
  • Ophelia’s Girls inspires adolescent girls at Madison Central School to believe in themselves and achieve great things through group discussions, activities, and mentorship from female Colgate students.
  • Refugee Tutors work at the Refugee Center help elementary school students complete their homework while their parents are in English language classes.
  • Sidekicks is a mentoring program with the aim of fostering fun, meaningful relationships between Colgate students and children from the Hamilton community.
  • The Stockbridge Tutoring program offers students the opportunity to both connect with and help students from the nearby Stockbridge Valley Central school district.
  • Waterville Elementary Tutoring provides tutoring weekly to K-12th grade children at Waterville Central School.

Environmental Stewardship

  • The Green Earth Gang's mission is to promote environmental awareness among children ages 8 – 10 in local schools through experiential and interactive activities.

Public Health

  • Colgate American Heart Association works with the 4th largest chapter in the nation (Utica) to fight America's number one and three killers: heart disease and stroke.
  • Colgate Hunger Outreach Program (CHOP) targets issues of hunger and poverty in Madison County.
  • Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economical goals though university volunteers and local teams.
  • Hamilton Fire Fighters undergo intensive training and become full members of the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department, providing emergency services to residents in crisis.
  • Madison EMS supports the EMS services in the nearby town of Madison, NY.
  • The Network is dedicated to improving campus awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault.
  • Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization dedicated to fighting hunger, poverty, and injustice worldwide.
  • Southern Madison County Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SOMAC) is a non-profit ALS ambulance service covering the greater Hamilton area in which students commit significant hours to training and are scheduled for approximately 6 on-call hours each week.