CCS Toy Drive Gives to Local Area Children

December 20, 2018

Each year at the President’s Holiday Party, attendees are required to bring along a unwrapped toy for children aged 12 and younger. The next day - Columbia Community Service with the support of numerous volunteers sorts the toys - that eventually are distributed to twelve CCS Grantees that are local area youth serving organizations.  The toy drive encourages the Columbia Community to give back and helps local area parents give toys to their children. Featured in this video is the one of those organizations, Uptown Inner City League and its President and Founder (and long-time West Harlem resident) Kelvin McCallister.

Columbia Community Service (CCS) is the giving campaign for staff, faculty, and retirees of Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College. With funds raised through its annual campaign, CCS makes grants to local nonprofit organizations to help address the needs of underserved individuals in our local community. Grantees focus on everything from education, food and emergency services and eldercare to arts and the environment. CCS also facilitates in-kind contributions, volunteer opportunities, and workshops that connect the University community to local nonprofits. CCS is part of Columbia’s Office of Government & Community Affairs.

The Uptown Inner City League Inc., has been providing recreational and sports programming to the Manhattanville community since 1990. They have also launched the UICL Sports Healthy Initiatives Living Program to collaborate with other health organizations and wellness projects in the West Harlem area. The health initiative supports youth and parents to receive more hands on services and activities such as organizing educational trips to fruit and vegetable farms, having sports dietitians and chefs run one-day classes, and connecting with other organizations and public institutions that advocate for a healthy community.