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Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity (HAVOC) encourages students to get off their couches, get off the Hill, and get into the community to create change.

HAVOC offers numerous direct community service opportunities in various fields such as education, animal care, rehabilitation centers, etc. We also undertake different fund-raising initiatives like bake sales and holiday giving trees to support a wide range of causes and charity organizations. HAVOC has numerous community service opportunities to get involved and volunteer and can fit anyone's schedule.

Some of the biannual events organized by HAVOC include Make A Difference Day (Fall) and MLK Jr. Day of Service (Spring) where over 200 Hamilton students dedicate their Saturday afternoon to volunteer at several HAVOC sites; Dodgeball (Fall) and Kickball (Spring) tournaments where teams compete to raise money for their chosen charity; and Paws to Relax that brings pets to campus during finals week to help students destress while simultaneously helping support a local animal shelter.

The organization consists of the General Board (G-Board) and the Executive Board (E-Board). The G-Board is led by 3 chairs (Volunteering, Outreach, and Charity), meets regularly, and is open to everyone. The E-board performs the administrative functions and ensures the smooth running of the organization. The E-Board members include 2 Co-Directors, Events Managers, Project Managers, Publicity Coordinator, Treasurer/Secretary, Volunteer Chair, G-Board Chairs, and Senior Advisors.

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  • Hamilton students got into the holiday spirit of giving through several campus initiatives. HAVOC sponsored its annual mitten tree where participants each volunteered to fulfill a gift request from a needy child.

  • HAVOC’s 22nd Annual MLK Jr. Day of Service drew 125 students on Jan. 25 to volunteer in Clinton, New Hartford, Utica, and Rome. Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity (HAVOC) is part of the COOP, which oversees community service opportunities.

  • As the end of the semester rolled around, students and members of the Hamilton community shared the spirit of giving and enjoyed some festive holiday events.

  • Hamilton students volunteered at more than 20 non-profit agencies in Oneida County for Make A Difference Day. The students provided a variety of services ranging from cleaning the Utica Children’s Museum, polishing the kitchen at Hope House, weeding the garden at Clinton Elementary School, and leading activities at Lutheran Care Nursing Home.

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