While our official work week at MFTA is Monday through Friday, our work is never really done. This past Saturday we opened our doors to a group of Columbia University students and alumni who were participating in a university-wide volunteering day. Around 11am, on a dreary weekend morning when I’m sure they would rather have been sleeping, 25 undergrads arrived for a half-day of physical labor. The students sifted and organized beads, unboxed over a thousand jumpsuits of various sizes and colors, cleaned up the stationary shelves, and sorted and stacked fabric (thanks to a drop-off on Friday of hundreds of rolls from Mood Fabrics). Our MFTA team consisted of Nick, Audra, and Harriet, who worked right alongside the 25 “Columbians”. The least we could do was order pizza, which everyone enjoyed before heading back to work. We are very grateful for their time and their willingness to help out and also for being chosen as a volunteer site for Columbia Community Outreach.
CCO is a student-organized, student-run, undergraduate service day that promotes community service on campus. As a community service initiative that seeks to bring together the Columbia University community and raise awareness for volunteerism, CCO’s two goals are to increase campus knowledge of opportunities for long-term service and to form mutually beneficial relationships with the Harlem, Morningside Heights, and greater New York communities. Since CCO’s inception, thousands of Columbia volunteers have volunteered at over 90 sites citywide and raised over $20,000 for Columbia’s on-going service programs.