Community Service

There are community service opportunities at Manhattan College for every schedule and every level of commitment.

Inspired by our Lasallian mission, community service connects us to our home in ways that other activities do not. It takes us out of our comfort zones and helps us appreciate other perspectives. It puts our talents and gifts to good use. We encourage all students to participate in some form of service during their time at Manhattan College. 

Ongoing Weekly Service: LOCo

Students bag food with local partner City HarvestThe Lasallian Outreach Collaborative (LOCo) is an opportunity for students to commit to weekly service with our local partner organizations in the Bronx and greater New York City area.

Volunteering on a weekly basis is a wonderful way to get to know the local community and develop relationships with the people you’re serving and working alongside.

Some students use LOCo as an opportunity to build skills applicable to their major or interests, such as tutoring children at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center or learning about social work and advocacy at Fordham-Bedford Community Services. Others consider it a simple and effective way to give back to the College’s home borough.

  • Community Partners

    Manhattan College continues to build mutually-beneficial partnerships with local community-based organizations. Our students involved in the Lasallian Outreach Collaborative (LOCo) work with these partners in a variety of volunteer roles.

    Concourse House Shelter for Women & Children

    Concourse House offers a temporary home to approximately 42 women and their children. Our volunteers typically assist in the childcare center or in the after-school program with homework assignments and activities.

    Ethical Culture Men’s Overnight Emergency Shelter

    The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture runs a men’s overnight emergency shelter on Mondays. Our volunteers support the shelter by setting up cots, preparing food and providing hospitality for the guests.

    Fordham-Bedford Community Services

    Fordham-Bedford Community Services provides social services to families in Fordham-Bedford Housing Corporation buildings and the surrounding community. Our volunteers typically tutor children in the after-school program, and assist with daily activities and projects.

    God’s Love We Deliver

    God’s Love We Deliver is a meal assistance program for the elderly, sick and homebound. Our volunteers deliver meals to individuals and families needing assistance around the Bronx community.

    Kingsbridge Heights Community Center

    Kingsbridge Heights Community Center provides educational and social services to the Bronx community. Our volunteers work with a variety of age groups in the:

    • After School Program - offers structured educational and recreational activities for children in grades K-5.
    • Tween Program - offers activities and educational opportunities for youth in grades 6-8.
    • College Directions Program - provides Bronx high school students with help applying to colleges and universities.

    Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation

    The Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation assists seniors in need of both short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care. Our volunteers work directly with residents, or assist professional staff, to achieve the Home’s mission of providing the best possible care and quality of life.

    Part of the Solution (POTS)

    Part of the Solution (POTS) provides a number of services to local individuals and families in need, including meals, a food pantry, barbershop, clothing room, shower facilities, medical clinic and more. POTS relies on volunteers to help run its Community Dining Room, which provides meals to people in need, as well as the Family Club, which provides homework help for children and cooking classes for adults.

    Passage of Hope (Camino de Esperanza)

    The Passage of Hope (Camino de Esperanza), a program run by nonprofit Leake & Watts, provides short-term care and assistance to undocumented migrant children who have come to the United States from other countries without an adult guardian. Our volunteers provide tutoring and assistance learning the English language.

    Serviam Gardens

    Serviam Gardens is an affordable senior housing community provided by Fordham-Bedford Community Services. Our volunteers assist with adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Bingo games, as well as teaching art and computer classes to residents.

    University Neighborhood Housing Project (UNHP)

    University Neighborhood Housing Project (UNHP) has been a resource for residents of the Northwest Bronx for 30+ years by providing financial education, foreclosure prevention, free tax preparation and small business help. Each spring, our volunteers receive free training and put their accounting skills to use helping Bronx residents with income tax preparation and/or translation services.

One-Time Service: Service on Saturdays

Students cleaned up communities after Hurricane SandyService on Saturdays are one-time service opportunities that provide a great introduction to volunteering in the local community. These projects are open to all students, and sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Examples of past Service on Saturdays include:

  • Mobile markets and food repacks with City Harvest
  • Saturday home construction with Friends of Rockaway
  • Serving meals at POTS (Part of the Solution)
  • Forest restoration and community gardening with Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
  • Mural Painting at Brilla Academy

Recurring Annual Service Events

Blood drives come to campus twice a semesterChristmas Toy Drive

Each December, the campus community collects toys for children at St. Jerome’s parish in the South Bronx.

On-campus Blood Drives

The New York Blood Center runs a blood drive one to three times a semester. Students can help by checking donors in, advertising and donating blood.

Mission Month Day of Service

During Mission Month in April, Manhattan College hosts a College-wide Day of Service, partnering with various local community-based organizations. This is a great opportunity to show the Lasallian mission in action!

Community Donations

Recognizing the needs of our local community, Manhattan regularly collects dry goods, toiletries and winter clothing for local community-based organizations.

More Information

More information about how to sign up for LOCo, Service on Saturday or other services events for currently enrolled students can be found in the Campus Ministry & Social Action section of the Inside Manhattan site.

Inside Manhattan: CMSA