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

The Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) fosters a commitment to social responsibility and engagement through mutually beneficial, community-centered partnerships.

Hours of volunteer service a year
economic impact to organizations
Student volunteers

Impactful Work

Colgate students volunteer at the Roger’s Environmental Education Center
The COVE engages students as learners and citizens through responsible and challenging work.

Students learn the leadership skills needed to impose 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 challenging social issues.  

Since the COVE’s founding in 2001, thousands of students have contributed more than 610,000 service hours, equaling almost $16.8 million in economic impact with community partners. 

Get Involved 

The COVE can help students looking for volunteer opportunities connect with community partners. Learn more about volunteering through the COVE.

Current Students

Faculty and Staff

Community Partners

High School Students