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COOP Senior Fellow Ramya Ramnath '13, left, helps Elizabeth Rodriguez '15, Mitten Tree coordinator, with some of the toys collected.
The Spirit of Giving

In what has become an annual tradition, Hamilton Association for Volunteering Outreach and Charity (HAVOC) and Community Opportunity and Outreach Project (COOP) collected food, gifts and other items to make the holidays a bit happier for some local families in need.  More ...

Men's lacrosse team members, from left, Kurt Minges '15, Mike Fiacco '13, Brandon Lew '16, James Hohm '14 and John Zimmerman '15, pack leftover food for the Rescue Mission.
Hamilton Athletes Take on Hunger

Members of the men’s lacrosse team spent the week after Thanksgiving volunteering in the Hamilton Against Hunger program. All of Hamilton’s athletic teams take turns collecting leftover food from the McEwen dining hall to donate to the Utica Rescue Mission.  More ...

Nick Solano '14, executive director of RTMV.
Nick Solano '14 Heads Rebuilding Together Mohawk Valley

Rebuilding Together is the largest national volunteer home rehabilitation organization in the United States. The local branch, Rebuilding Together Mohawk Valley (RTMV), has been assisting the elderly, physically and mentally disabled, and working poor in the local area since 1997.  Nick Solano ’14 began working with RTMV during his sophomore year and was recently appointed executive director of the local organization.  More ...

Left-to-right sitting: Sarah Graves, Svitlana Gura, Kate Cieplicki, Angela Pavao, John Rufo; standing Max Newman, Emily Goldberg. On floor Tsion Tesfaye.
COOP Service Interns Practice their Passion

Eight members of the class of 2016 are getting the chance to change the world for the better as Community Outreach and Opportunity Program (COOP) Service Interns.  The students, all of whom  had outstanding service records while in high school, become interns for local nonprofits during their first two years on the Hill.  More ...

Alon Hillel-Tuch '07, second from left, speaks during the panel. Other panelists from left, Mark Montgomery, Haley Reimbold '06, Nancy Roob '87 and Steve Culbertson '79.
Social Entrepreneurs Urge Students to Connect Their Interests With Society’s Issues

On Oct. 4, members of the Hamilton community gathered to learn about social innovation and careers in social entrepreneurship through a panel discussion sponsored by the Levitt Center, the Career Center, and the COOP.  More ...

Hamilton College students with their new Clinton elementary school "sidekicks" and parents.
Sidekicks Meet Their Match

A pizza party and meet and greet was held at the Tolles Pavilion on Oct. 2 for participants in Hamilton’s new “Sidekicks” program.  Sidekicks is a program that pairs Hamilton College students with Clinton elementary school students in grades 1 - 4 in order to establish a long term mentoring relationship between the Hamilton student, his or her sidekick, and the sidekick’s family.  More ...

Dean of Students Nancy Thompson reads to kindergarten students at Kernan Elementary School.
Hamilton Community Members Read to Elementary Students

Several members of the Hamilton community read to students at Kernan Elementary School in Utica on Dec. 16 as part of a Community Readers’ Day hosted by the school.  More ...

Cole Trager, Thomas Funk, KT Stein, Meghan O'Sullivan, Jordan Graziedei, Katie Jickling, Asad Javed. Missing: Heather Haj
COOP Service Interns Gain Experience With Local Non-Profits

The men and women of Hamilton’s CSI team have some of the most specialized and important skills on campus. They’re not crime scene investigators, though—CSI stands for COOP Service Intern, one of the many service opportunities offered by Hamilton’s Community Opportunity and Outreach Project (COOP). Each year, a half-dozen first-year students join this selective program, which is focused on matching a student with a local non-profit agency for an extended four-semester internship.  More ...

Make a Difference Day volunteers at the Kirkland Town Library.
Annual HAVOC Make a Difference Day Draws 200

Anyone who has participated in one of Hamilton Association for Volunteering Outreach and Charity (HAVOC) days of service knows that the adage “the early bird catches the worm” readily applies to the sign-up process. By 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, volunteers had already begun lining up at tables in the Fillius Events Barn, eager to match themselves with the sites of their choices for HAVOC’s annual Make a Difference Day.  More ...

Zhuolon Du '15 walks a dog at the Rome Humane Society.
Morning Service

It was an anniversary of sorts.


To COOP director Amy James, 2011 marks the year that every class of Hamilton students has participated in Hamilton Serves. The Orientation program began in 2008 and takes the students to volunteer at local non-profit agencies for the morning before classes start.  More ...

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