Columbia Community Service (CCS) is one of the oldest organizations on campus. Its yearly campaign is a means for faculty and staff to Columbia University to support soup kitchens, after-school programs, and more critical services, through direct financial contributions. With the University covering all administrative expenses, 100% of the contributions go directly to services. An employee-driven campaign, CCS, solicits donations from faculty and staff from Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teachers College to provide grants to 50 Upper Manhattan nonprofits.
During World War II, the Columbia University Committee for War Relief made critical contributions to the United States war effort, including the United War Fund and the American Red Cross. After the war, this group began to focus on helping the local community surrounding the University, which led to the formation of Columbia Community Service. Since its inception in 1946, CCS has helped countless people in the Columbia area by giving substantial grants and providing valuable resources to local community organizations.
As of April 2014, Columbia Community Service grants benefit:
Adults and Children in Trust (A.C.T.) – High School Internship Program
Alexander Robertson School
America SCORES! New York
Arts and Minds
Ballet Hispanico of New York
Behind the Book
Bloomingdale School of Music
Broadway Community, Inc.
Broadway Presbyterian Church Nursery School
Cathedral Community Cares
Children’s Learning Center at Morningside Heights
Columbia Tennis Center – Tennis Development Program
Corpus Christi School
Doing Art Together, Inc.
Everybody Wins! New York
The Family Annex
Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc.
Friends of the Children New York
Graham Windham / Harlem Beacon Center – Family Enrichment Program
Hale House Center, Inc.
The Harlem Chamber Players, Inc.
Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc. (H.E.A.F)
Harlem Hospital Adult HIV/AIDS Services
Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership
Harlem Youth Baseball Association, Inc.
Health Leads, Inc.
Legal Outreach, Inc. – Summer Law Institute
Lifeforce in Later Years, Inc. (L.i.LY)
Morningside Retirement & Health Services
P.A.’ L.A.N.T.E Harlem, Inc.
Pediatric Resource Project at Harlem Hospital Center
Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc.
The Red Balloon Day Care Center, Inc.
Rev. Linnette C. Williamson Memorial Park Association: Arts & Gardens Summer Youth Program
Riverside Park Tiemann Place Volunteers
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry
Service Program for Older People, Inc. (SPOP)
SNACK & Friends, Inc.
SoHarlem Creative Outlet
Top Honors, Inc.
Uptown Inner City League
West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT for Environmental Justice)
Wendy Hilliard Foundation
West Side Campaign Against Hunger