Center for Service - Service Events
The Center for Service and Citizenship helps students build a strong relationship with the local community through service programs that benefit the area. Students gain a greater awareness of their surroundings and see how their actions can positively impact their new home.
First Days: This three-day orientation program introduces incoming freshmen and transfer students to MCLA and the larger North Adams community. Events include academic success workshops, community building speaker sessions, and the Mt. Greylock annual hike.
Boo Bash: Every October the Center for Service office and RPS come together to hold a Halloween party for elementary school children. Kids trick-or-treat around the residence halls and play spooky games! MCLA provides transportation for all kids. Student volunteers set up all of the events, and supervise little ghosts and goblins as they enjoy the fun!
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: The week before Thanksgiving each year, as part of a national event, the Center helps raise awareness and action around local, national, and global hunger and homelessness issues.
Community Day of Service: For more than 20 years, MCLA and the city of North Adams have come together to hold College and Community Clean-Up Day. Students and citizens donate time and energy to clean and care for our area. In the past, MCLA has worked with the City of North Adams, Water Watch, and the Hoosic River Watershed Association, and many businesses donate supplies so that our clean-up crews can get down and dirty. Together, these groups identify problem sites to be cleaned up and they recruit volunteers to participate. It is not unusual, with so many hands working together, to collect over 2.5 tons of trash in a single day!
Clothing Drive: Every year, the Center for Service coordinates a number of clothing drives that benefit the local and global community. Examples include the Fall Family Weekend clothing drive where visiting MCLA families donate winter clothes to local families in need, and spring clothing donations to people devastated by storms or other natural disasters.