Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

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Service Learning and Community-Based Research

Service Learning Projects

Students and faculty at Hamilton have opportunities to connect with our surrounding communities through service-learning courses.  Service-learning is a teaching method that incorporates community work into the curriculum, thereby giving students real-world experience while meeting pressing community needs.

Project SHINE:
Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders) offers Hamilton students the opportunity to help the local community by working together with refugees and immigrants.  Student participants work one-on-one or in small groups with adult learners in English or citizenship classes at the Utica BOCES ACCESS Site and the Adult Learning Center at the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR).

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help to low to moderate income (generally $42,000 and below) families who cannot prepare their own tax returns.  The Levitt Center works with the Mohawk Valley Asset-Building Coalition, a group of 30+ community agencies to complete this project. Hamilton students are certified volunteer tax preparers through the IRS and will each spend 15 hours filing taxes at VITA sites such as the Resource Center for Independent Living and Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network in Utica, Harding Nursing Home in Waterville, and GPO Federal Credit Union in New Hartford.