Community involvement is an integral part of the foundation and the CIC school community in helping students build character, develop life skills and work for the betterment of others. That's why the Columbia International Scholarship Endowment Fund places importance in giving back to their local community.
Last year, CIC students contributed more than 72,000 volunteer hours to organizations in Hamilton and the GTA – participating in everything from walk-a-thons, food drives and tree planting to raising much-needed funds for causes that seek to address mental health, cancer and child poverty. These students continue to inspire us to give back to our local communities as well.
In 2018, the foundation gave $45,000 to support local initiatives including Hamilton Victory Gardens, McMaster Children's Hospital, Mission Services, Shalom Village, Galcom International, and Ontario Gleaners.