Giving back to the community often involves application of old-fashioned elbow grease, but sometimes it’s also a good game of kickball accompanied by a big smile and laughter.

A new video captures a few moments during an August 21 day of service in Utica in which nearly 40 first-year students pitched in to help nonprofit organizations through participation in the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) pre-orientation program.

Students painted rooms, cleaned out garages, and played games with children during the daylong outing at six local groups: Hope House, Johnson Park Center, the Thea Bowman House, Emmaus House, the Utica Rescue Mission, and the Neighborhood Center.