Center for Service
First Days is a three-day orientation program in which MCLA introduces incoming freshmen and transfer students to the College and the resources of North Adams. At the Center for Service and Citizenship at MCLA, we feel it is our responsibility to help students build a strong relationship with the local community through service programs that benefit the area. This commitment can strengthen the community by helping students gain a greater awareness of their surroundings and what they can do to have a positive impact in their new home. Below are examples of service programs done in the past.
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
During the week of November 14 through November 20, as part of a national event, the Center helps raise awareness and action around local, national and global hunger and homelessness issues.
College Community Clean-Up
Every year for the past 20 years (and counting!) 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 Hoosac River Watershed Association. In addition, multiple 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. In years past, in a single day, together everyone collected over 2.5 tons of trash!
Every year, the Center for Service coordinates a number of clothing drives that benefit the local and global community. Examples include the parent- weekend clothing drive where visiting MCLA families donate winter clothes to local families in need, or end of year clothing collections where student donated clothes are sent to Hurricane Katrina victims.