Photo by Alan S. Orling

Harlem Horizon Art Studio, which holds its annual children's art exhibition at Columbia, offers an afternoon art program for inpatient and outpatient kids at Harlem Hospital, an affiliate of Columbia University Medical Center.

The cultural richness of Harlem, Washington Heights, and surrounding neighborhoods is an essential part of what makes Columbia a great place to work and study. All of us who live and work in the neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan benefit from the work of local organizations and volunteers in our community.

The University partners with organizations that improve the quality of life in our community. This kind of community engagement is an important part of Columbia's mission of education and service. Columbia provides funding and other resources for these programs, but even more important, many of our faculty, staff, and students work alongside our neighbors to deliver services that make a difference to people in Upper Manhattan—from health care and education to job training and youth mentoring.

Did You Know?

  • Approximately 3,000 children receive comprehensive dental care each year through the Columbia University Medical Center's Mobile Dental Center. It travels to 45 local day care and Head Start centers throughout Northern Manhattan.
  • Through partnerships with more than one hundred community organizations and agencies, Community Impact at Columbia University serves more than 8,000 people each year, providing food, clothing, shelter, education, job training, and companionship for local residents.
  • The Columbia's Center for Community Health and Education has provided eyeglasses to more than 3,200 students since the inception of the Child Sight Program in 1994.
  • Columbia University Medical Center, through its Breast Cancer Screening Partnership, provides free mammograms, cervical and colorectal screenings, genetic counseling, mental health guidance, and other life-saving preventative health care services to uninsured women over 40 in Upper Manhattan.
  • Columbia's Community Service Grants program provides funding for activities and events in area parks, including the Morningside Park Greenmarket, held every Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
  • The Columbia University/Goddard Riverside Tenant Assistance Project provides legal aid for residents in Upper Manhattan, primarily Manhattan Valley, often providing tenants with legal representation by Columbia Law School students.