Give Back this Fall: Volunteer with a Columbia Community Service Agency

September 19, 2016

Columbia Community Service (CCS) seeks to inspire the faculty, staff, and retirees of Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College to help address the needs of underserved individuals residing in the neighborhoods surrounding the University. With funds raised through its annual campaign, CCS makes grants to local nonprofit organizations focused on education, food and emergency services, eldercare, the arts, and the environment and parks. Columbia faculty, students and staff can also contribute their time by volunteering with one of these great organizations.

The Family Annex

The Family Annex, a Columbia University affiliated preschool, is currently seeking either volunteers in the area of child care, or occasional substitutes who will be hired on an as needed basis to work with teachers in the classrooms. The children are between 1.9 years of age and 4. They are an 11 month program that is open to Columbia and neighborhood families. They are immersed in the Reggio Emilia philosophy for learning. 

For further information, please contact Nancy Drescher at

Harlem Academy

Harlem Academy, an independent school founded in 2004 to create an opportunity for bright, motivated children to have educational experiences that match the standards of the city's best preparatory schools, seeks Mentors and SSAT Instructors.

Mentor - Volunteers mentor lower school students with a focus on remedial or accelerated math and/or reading. This position requires a committment of once a week (Monday - Thursday) from 7:30am-­8:15am or 5:00pm-­5:45pm.

SSAT Instructor - Volunteers work with 8th grade students. This year, Harlem Academy is hosting a 6-week SSAT prep workshop on Saturday mornings. This position requires a committment of every Saturday between September 10th and October 15th from 10am-1pm.

For further information or to signup, please contact Colleen Knill at 

Riverside Park Volunteers at Tiemman Place 

Founded in 1990, the Riverside Park Volunteers at Tiemman Place maintain, restore, and beautify the area of the park between 125th Street (St. Claire Place) and International House on East Riverside Drive (approximately 4 acres), which is not cared for by the parks department. They seek volunteers to help them develop their horticultural projects. 

For further information, please contact Yoshiko Scholz at