Volunteers at Day of Service Vista on 5th Location

Over 130 Faculty, Staff, and Students Participate in Inaugural Day of Service

May 7, 2024

Columbia Mailman’s inaugural Day of Service on April 19 highlighted the School’s commitment to community engagement.

The event, which was a joint effort of the Office of Faculty & Human Resources and the Mentoring of Students and Igniting Community (MOSAIC) program, brought together students, faculty, and staff, who volunteered at nine organizations focused on a variety of causes such as food insecurity, support for the elderly, immigration, and community health. Over 130 volunteers participated and provided support for organizations such as Cabrini Immigration Services NYC, Broadway Community Soup Kitchen, City Meals on Wheels, and West Side Campaign Against Hunger, to name a few.

Day of Service

The Day of Service allowed participants to engage with these organizations’ missions and tangibly contribute to their efforts. For example, the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) combats food insecurity across the city by providing healthy food options to all individuals, regardless of income, with a focus on dignity and access. Columbia Mailman volunteers assisted WSCAH organizers by packaging and distributing meals to those in need.

Given the event’s success, organizers intend to continue providing opportunities for community service. Stephanie Grilo, founding director of MOSAIC and assistant professor of Population and Family Health, said,“We heard from countless participants that it was a meaningful experience and our goal is to host this event annually."