Colgate recognized this important date in its history with a special event on campus. Campus community members were invited to make a gift of $1 (or more) — symbolic of the $13 given by the 13 founders — to benefit three local organizations.
Gathering in Memorial Chapel
March 5, 2019
Colgate Memorial Chapel
Campus community members were invited to the Chapel to offer one dollar or more in support of the Southern Madison County Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SOMAC), the Hamilton Food Cupboard, or the Hamilton Fire Department. An alumnus and his wife agreed to match these campus gifts, up to $10,000.
Konosioni members assisted in the collection of donations for these important organizations that connect the campus and the Village of Hamilton while providing invaluable support to us all.
The Southern Madison County Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc., is a volunteer nonprofit organization that has been operating in the Hamilton community and Madison County since June 1986. SOMAC provides assistance for medical emergencies, as well as stand-by services at community and university events.
Colgate students, faculty, and staff are among the ranks of corps volunteers, and the chances are good that you know one or more people who volunteer their time and service with this critically important local organization.
The Hamilton Food Cupboard is an advocate for the hungry in the Hamilton and Madison school districts. The food cupboard feeds those in need while providing information on social agencies relevant to a patron’s specific needs.
Each month between 150 and 200 families from the Hamilton and Madison school districts visit the food cupboard.
The Hamilton Fire Department is an all-volunteer municipal department. The department provides fire, rescue, and emergency medical services in the village and surrounding areas. The total size of the department’s primary/first response area is estimated at 27 square miles, with about 8,500 permanent residents.
The department currently has about 50 active firefighters, of whom about 30 percent are Colgate University students. Colgate staff and faculty members are also key firefighters in the department.