How $10 Can Make a Difference in Harlem and Morningside Heights

Even a small donation can go a long way towards fighting hunger and supporting families in Upper Manhattan.

December 16, 2020

Columbia Community Service (CCS) is one of the oldest and most visible manifestations of the commitment that Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College have to our surrounding communities. The CCS Annual Appeal connects the University community with ways to support our neighbors, including volunteer opportunities and special events like the Annual Toy Drive. In its 74th year, Columbia Community Service is committed to supporting food security, health, and education services in Harlem and Morningside Heights.

CCS is just $50,000 shy of its goal of raising $250,000 by December 31. Even a small donation can go a long way towards fighting hunger and supporting families in Upper Manhattan. Read more about how your donation can create genuine impact and please give today!

$10 Provides 50 Grab and Go Meals  

Two women holding black bags full of food.

The Graham Windham-Manhattanville Cornerstone Community Center (Graham Windham) has seen drastic cuts to its funding while demand for services have increased by 500%. Your $10 donation to CCS will help grantees like Graham Windham to meet increased demand by providing 50 grab and go meals a week to families struggling to meet basic needs. Give Now

$25 Provides Two Students Access to a STEM Education Program

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Your donation will help Harlem Grown maintain local urban farms throughout Harlem while providing STEM education to K-12 students. Your $25 donation to CCS allows grantees like Harlem Grown to invite two students to participate in one of their 1-hour immersive, hands-on farm tours that they provide to schools and youth groups throughout New York City. Students participating in the tour learn about hydroponics, soil-based farming, and composting while making a difference in their community. Give Now

$100 Provides a Workshop for Renters Facing Eviction

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The pandemic has left more than 200,000 New York City households struggling to pay rent. P.A’.L.A.N.T.E organizes and empowers renters in the city with resources, legal assistance, and educational programs. Your $100 donation to CCS will help grantees like P.A’.L.A.N.T.E. offer one of their many virtual educational programs on topics such as New Rent Laws, Tenant Rights and Housing Court, and How to Access Rent Relief Programs. Give Now

$500 Provides a 30-Day Supply of PPE for Healthcare Staff and Clients

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Even during the pandemic, Samaritan Daytop Village (SDV) continues in-person programs. Your donation to CCS provides ongoing support to grantees like SDV to purchase PPE for staff and clients. Throughout COVID-19, SDV remains committed to connecting homeless families with housing and helping young mothers engage in life-changing treatment for substance use disorder. Give Now

$1,000 Provides 5,000 Essential Meals to Families

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Essential workers, furloughed employees, single parents, and seniors have all turned to the Food Bank For New York City to fill in food gaps for themselves and their families during this challenging time. Your $1,000 donation will help CCS grantees like Food Bank For New York City provide 5,000 meals to struggling families. Give Now