In March 2020, an initiative was created to match student volunteers from the Columbia network with healthcare worker families from Columbia University Irving Medical Center. This volunteer-driven program, formerly known as Volunteer Tutor Corps offered remote online instruction in traditional K-12 subjects by matching students with tutors in their requested topic areas.

After rebranding in July, the organization has expanded beyond Columbia University and is now called the Community of Volunteer Educators (COVE). We currently provide virtual tutoring services and educational enrichment programming to communities-in-need across New York City. Our vision is to support communities by developing innovative academic programming to reduce educational inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Community of Volunteer Educators (COVE) is a public service organization that aims to expand access to equitable learning opportunities. We provide free, virtual educational enrichment programming to advance issues of economic, racial, and social justice within our communities.

COVE's core values are equity, democracy, innovation, anti-bias and anti-racist, and care

Land Acknowledgement

COVE is based in Manhattan, New York. We acknowledge that we are on the ancestral land of the Lenape people and that Manhattan was a slave trade market built on the unpaid labor of enslaved people. We honor their legacy and stand firmly with all marginalized people of this land who have been stripped of their rights to self-determination.