Community Outreach & Opportunity Project (COOP)
How to Get Involved
Taking on a leadership role at Hamilton is a great way to learn more about yourself, educate your peers and prepare for future leadership opportunities in the workplace. Being a student leader in the COOP provides the bonus of motivating others to serve, to make contributions to the community and to become lifelong engaged citizens.
The COOP seeks to make Hamilton College a consistently good neighbor to the surrounding community, offering well-trained and dedicated students the chance to serve in significant and ongoing ways. Through direct service volunteering, internships, philanthropy, awareness and fundraising initiatives, Hamilton students will make broad contributions to the well-being of the off-campus community.
Nine students spent part of their winter break teaming up with Maxwell Akuamoah-Boateng ’09 on a community service project in Philadelphia. Akuamoah-Boateng, who serves as the city’s director of operations for community schools, organized the Alternate Break (AXB) trip that focused on youth engagement/urban service.
Katie Rockford ’24 first heard about the Harvest, a popular student-powered food-salvage program on campus aimed at tackling local food insecurity issues, from upperclass students during the pandemic. Passionate about environmental and social justice issues herself, Rockford wanted to bring the program back following its necessary COVID-19 hiatus, but knew she’d need a lot of help to make it happen.