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.

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

day of service

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!

Christmas 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.

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

Visit the Inside Manhattan website for more information about how current Manhattan College students can sign up for LOCo, Service on Saturday or other service events.

Campus Ministry & Social Action Website