Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity encourages students to get off their couches, get off the Hill, and get into the community to create change. As a part of the largest student-led organization at Hamilton, HAVOC volunteers make new friends, build leadership skills, and, most importantly, make a difference in people's lives every time they volunteer.
HAVOC has numerous community service opportunities to get involved and volunteer and can fit anyone's schedule.
Nearly 150 students will gather for Hamilton’s 17th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Service Day on Saturday, Jan. 24. The community service event, run by the Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity ( HAVOC), sends students to a wide variety of non-profit organizations across the area for volunteer work.
Volunteers will gather at the Fillius Events Barn at 10:45 a.m. for instructions, then board buses at 11:15 and return to Hamilton around 3:30 p.m.
This year’s sites include the Kirkland Town Library, Clare Bridge of Clinton, Johnson Park Center (JCTOD), Dunham Public Library (Whitesboro), Emmaus House, For the Good, Hazel Carpenter Home, Inc., Hope House, Kirkland Art Center, Lutheran Homes, Masonic Care Community, Rome Nursing Home, Spring Farm Cares, Study Buddies, Town of Madison Historical Society, Upstate Cerebral Palsy and Utica Public Library.
Students will spend the afternoon doing work such as painting, cleaning, reading and sorting items. Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri is scheduled to join the group at Study Buddies for a drum circle at around 2:15 p.m.
Hamilton community service programs HAVOC and COOP collected food, gifts and other items to make the holidays a bit happier for some local families. The Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity (HAVOC) sponsored a holiday Mitten Tree, bearing gift requests from children with a need. The children’s gift requests came through House of Good Shepherd, Johnson Park Center (JPC) in Utica, Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Siegenthaler Center (Hospice) and Rome DSS.
More than 160 students geared up for some fierce competition on Nov. 15 as Hamilton Association for Volunteering Outreach and Charity (HAVOC) hosted its 13th Annual Dodgeball Tournament. The event raised more than $775 for Hamilton’s first Team IMPACT player, Sophia Johnson.
Sophia is a 12-year-old girl from Newport, NY, who was matched with the women’s field hockey team by the non-profit organization Team IMPACT. The non-profit pairs children who are fighting life-affecting illnesses and their families with college sports teams to foster a supportive relationship. Sophia, who is fighting medulloblastoma, has been a part of the Field Hockey team since the start of its fall 2014 season.
Prior to the start of the event, participants took to the floor to warm-up, stretch out, practice throwing technique, and most importantly, size up their competition. The tournament began with a costume contest; in the crowd participants sported banana costumes, hula skirts, camouflage, ninja outfits and funky animal ears in hopes of winning best costume. Campus celebrity judges Gabe Rivas ’16 and Bon Appetit employee Marge Petteys were impressed with creativity.
The 24 teams competed in five-minute games in a double-elimination tournament. The crowd seated on the bleachers, waiting for their matches to start, was treated to some exciting spectating. Many close games brought out the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ as players placed exacting throws at opponents or made clutch game-saving catches.
Hannah Withiam ’16, a member of last year’s winning team said, “I look forward to the HAVOC dodgeball event every year because I love spending a Saturday afternoon playing with and against my friends in such a fun environment --although I can't help but get competitive during the games. This year was particularly special because Sophia and her family were actually at the event,” Withiam noted. “Her presence gave us a better understanding of the real reason we participate, and even though my team lost, I hope that our spirit brightened Sophia's day.”
Ultimately, “The Blue Ballers” captured the title of dodgeball champions.
April 9-14 marked the first Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach, and Charity (HAVOC) Outreach Awareness Week at Hamilton. The purpose of Awareness Week, dubbed “Burst the Bubble,” was to illustrate volunteer opportunities at Hamilton and to stress the value of community outreach. HAVOC sponsored and organized a variety of volunteer opportunities, speakers and events throughout the week, culminating with SpringFest on Saturday.
Last semester HAVOC surveyed the student body and found that many felt that they did not know how to get involved with volunteering at Hamilton. Outreach Awareness Week was therefore designed to help students get more involved in the local community and to help show why outreach is so important. HAVOC Executive Board Events Coordinators Samantha Schwartz ’13 and Jake Blumenfeld ’15 were the leaders in organizing and carrying out the events of the week. “We (at Hamilton) are in a perfect location to make real change in our community,” said Schwartz.
Throughout the week HAVOC’s regular volunteer sites ran, such as mentoring children at Johnson Park Center in Utica, assisting the elderly at the Lutheran Home in Clinton, and taking care of animals at Spring Farm Cares in Clinton.
In addition, HAVOC sponsored a variety of special events. Hamilton athletes played basketball and soccer with children from the Neighborhood Center in Utica and Kids Oneida.
Three Hamilton alumni and Career Center counselor Leslie Bell spoke in a panel about what it’s like to work in a non-profit and how to pursue a career in that sector, and Tyrone Pitts and Rev. Ursula Meier from Johnson Park Center served as the week’s keynote speakers. Pitts and. Meier spoke about their personal experiences with addiction and recovery, and their work today helping people get their second chance through places like Johnson Park Center. The non-profit organization provides emergency supportive housing for women, children and families, as well as a range of community-based support services in the areas of nutrition, recreation, mentoring and advocacy.
The week came to a close with SpringFest on Saturday, a day of community building between Hamilton and Clinton families. Thirteen campus clubs ran booths with crafts, games and food, in addition to performances by Hamilton a cappella groups.
Blumenfeld believes that the events of Outreach Awareness week had a great impact on Hamilton students. “It was a privilege witnessing children from the surrounding areas engage in sports on campus. The look of joy on their faces and the support I received from the faculty and students made this week all the more special,” said Blumenfeld.
The week was a great hit, but HAVOC Director Danielle Lashley ’13 hopes that it will be even more successful in the future. “It is always hard introducing a new event on campus,” said Lashley, “but the next time we host Awareness Week the campus will be familiar with the mission of the week, and we will hopefully get even more attendance.”
HAVOC hopes that the events of Outreach Awareness Week will encourage more Hamilton students to get more involved with volunteering and “bursting the bubble” between Hamilton and the local community now and in the future.
More than 100 students went out to serve the local community on Saturday, Jan. 21, for Hamilton’s 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day. Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity ( HAVOC) sent groups of students to 17 different sites to volunteer for the afternoon. More ...
Sixteen teams battled for the title of Hamilton College dodgeball champions. Some teams were groups of friends, others were off-season sports teams, and still others fraternities or sororities. One thing they all had in common, however, was a desire to support Global Goodness, a non-profit that aims to bring increased educational materials to students in some of the world's poorest countries. To learn more check out www.ggoodness.com.
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