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COOP • Community Outreach
and Opportunity Project

Amy James, Director
(315) 859-4016
(315) 859-4041 (fax)

Student Perspectives

WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER?

"I'm very grateful for my opportunity to attend such a great college, and I think the kid's in Utica might not have the same experiences I have been given thoroughout my childhood. It is a great way to become a part of the town I will be living in the next four years and in general volunteering is a nice break from my day to day schedule."  – Sara Kayeum '12

"By being at Hamilton, I feel very blessed with the opportunity to receive such a great education.  However, I think that with that privilege comes a responsibility to use what I have been given to make a difference in my community--whether it be Clinton, NY or Boston, MA." Corbin Brown, '11 "I volunteer for my heart; I volunteer for my soul; I volunteer for the smiles of those I help."  – Corbin Brown, '11

"I volunteer for my heart; I volunteer for my soul; I volunteer for the smiles of those I help."  – Elijah LaChance '10

"I volunteer because I believe in the importance of connecting with other individuals, especially those who need the help of a fellow human being.  Furthermore, I wish to instill the value of compassion as a fundamental principle in my life and cultivate a lifetime of service." 
– Benjamin Van Arnam '09

WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER WITH YOUR SITE?

"I volunteer for this site, because I wanted to continue to volunteer services throughout my college experience. I've taken piano lessons for over eight years and I think teaching other children who might not have the opportunity to learn is fun, rewarding way to give back."  – Sara Kayeum '12


"It's a long term project for the Gamma Xi sorority. We think the Loretto Center is an ideal site for us because the elderly are so often marginalized by society. Many of us have formed bonds with the residents at Loretto Center."
Kristen Randolph '11


"The Jazz Ensemble performed there and I was struck by the enthusiasm of the kids there to see us and hear us. They seemed desperate for any contact with the outside world."  – Elijah LaChance '10