CCS Signature Events

CCS coordinates and assists with a number of initiatives throughout the year that are a great opportunity for faculty and staff to get involved. Fundraising events are held to build awareness and raise money for grants to local not-for-profits. Another way CCS gives back to the community is through a variety of charity drives to support the diverse needs of our neighbors. They are coordinated among CCS staff, ambassadors and employee volunteers from all Columbia University, Barnard College and Teachers College.

Charity Drives

Back-to-School Drive
Every summer, the CCS Office works with the Office of Public Safety to collect schools supplies for children, grades 1 to 7. The drive starts with an email to employees at the Morningside, Manhattanville and Studebaker campuses in July. The drive runs through late August. Community Board Nine and the 26th Precinct coordinates distribution to the community residents.

Holiday Toy Drive
As part of the President’s holiday celebrations, employees are encouraged to donate an unwrapped new toy for children ages 12 and younger. CCS staff and employee volunteers sort and prepare toys for distribution to organizations that serve the youth in the surrounding community.

Clothing & Toiletries Spring Drive 
In response to the continued needs of the communities that we serve, Columbia Community Service collects gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, and toiletries to assist families in need. The Drive runs from February to April of every year. Donations benefit the Clothing Closet at Cathedral Community Cares.