Giving back to the community is an important component of the Columbia Business School experience. Each year, members of the Columbia Business School community volunteer thousands of hours to tutor and read to children, coach welfare-to-work recipients on interviewing skills, and assist in refurbishment projects at schools and parks. In addition, the Columbia Business School community raises thousands of dollars through numerous philanthropic activities each year. Community service is a collaborative effort managed in part by the Office of Student Affairs, Community Action Rewards Everyone (CARE), the GBA and many of the student clubs.
Columbia Business School is home to nearly a dozen of its own service activities. Each winter, students, faculty, and staff host the Holiday Party for Kids, an evening of games, food, music and arts, and crafts for children from shelters, and after-school programs in the Morningside Heights area. MBA students also tutor area children as part of Harlem Tutorial—a partner program with Columbia Law School.
The School also hosts several chapters of regional and national organizations including Junior Achievement and I-Prep, which often require a regular commitment of a few hours per week. Additionally, CARE often acts as a clearinghouse for many low-commitment options for community service, including partnerships with New York Cares and Columbia Community Impact.
CARE is composed of the GBA VP’s of community, the cluster community service representatives and representatives of each service organization at the School.