Ethical Life

Ongoing Community Partnership Experience Application

ETL 235 The Ethical Life: Moral and Social Responsibility

The Ethical Life: Moral and Social Responsibility is a sophomore level, three credit course.  This course provides students with the opportunity to study the major theories of ethics and social justice, and explore their own values and beliefs, in context of an individual's responsibility to the community.  The course is designed to enhance the process of learning and self-exploration by enabling the students to put into immediate practice the ideas they discuss in the classroom.  The course is composed of two interdependent elements: a once a week class that meets for one hour to discuss the theories of ethics, community and social justice and a 28 hour community partnership placement where students provide a needed service that benefits the community directly

Site Placements

Adult Literacy: 
Available: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cedar Crest students will work on campus on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as a tutor for adults in the community that are preparing to take their G.E.D. exam.  Materials are provided to help adults in math, science, social studies, and reading.  You must be available at least one of the two days for the entire tutoring time.  This site is on campus.

After School Program: 
Available: Monday through Friday, 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cedar Crest students will work with elementary aged students to complete homework assignments. Each day includes special activities as well. This is a growing program that offers one-on-one experiences at a local elementary school.  Transportation is provided for this site on Tuesday and Thursday only from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Allentown Rescue Mission:
Available: Monday through Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This agency is a homeless shelter for adult males with a state licensed drug and alcohol residential treatment recovery program, housing program and a permanent housing program.  Cedar Crest students would be helping with food prep and service, assisting with intakes and with employment skills classes. 

Boys and Girls Club of Allentown:  
Available: Monday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This after school program provides a safe, educational environment for children that helps them to develop in areas of fitness, health, life skills, career development, leadership and the arts.  Cedar Crest students will assist with mentoring and tutoring girls at the club. Students work with programs such as, Arts and Crafts, Homework Club, and cooking groups.  Transportation is provided for this site.

Cedarbrook Nursing Home:
Available: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., limited weekend hours
This placement provides students with the opportunity to work with residents of the nursing home by creating one-to-one relationships.  Students also play a special role in providing an extra degree of care and friendly interaction through visiting, taking walks and aiding with activities.

Community Bike Works:
Available: Monday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. ot 6:00 p.m.
This agency provides inner city children with meaningful work ethic alternatives to gangs, drugs and the streets.  Cedar Crest students will be working with inner city boys and girls ages 9 to 17 in a one to one tutoring environment.  Transportation is provided for this site.

Da Vinci Discovery Center:
Available: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., limited weekend hours
This agency is a science center that encourages learning through the inquiry method.  Cedar Crest students will be assisting visitors in exploring the science center, encouraging children to investigate science concepts, and provide tours for groups.

Daybreak Transitional Center:
Available: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Daybreak is a drop-in center for persons who are, or have been in treatment for mental illness and/or chemical use/abuse, HIV/AIDS, as well as the elderly.  The purpose of the agency is to prevent homelessness and promote healthy living by offering basic services, self-sufficiency programs and supportive counseling.  Cedar Crest students will interact with these members in a stable and comfortable environment by assisting in daily program operations.   Please note that this site is closed on Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. due to weekly staff meetings.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital
Available: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., limited nights and weekends
Good Shepherd is a rehabilitation hospital for profoundly disabled adults.  Cedar Crest students will assist wheelchair-bound residents during activity periods, and may accompany them on weekly field trips.

Head Start:
Available: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This federal program gives children ages 3, 4 & 5 the chance to prepare for kindergarten. Cedar Crest students at this site will serve as classroom assistants by working with children in 1-to-1 and small group activities. 

KidsPeace “TeenCentral.net”: 
Available: Sunday through Saturday, 24 hours
TeenCentral.net is a unique website developed by KidsPeace that connects teens around the country and throughout the world.  TeenCentral.net provides teens with a wealth of problem solving resources, and offers support, direction, and guidance on an international level.  Because of TeenCentral.net’s tremendous success, we are looking for volunteers to counsel teens online.  *This option requires your attendance at a mandatory full day of training tentatively scheduled for a Saturday at the beginning of the semester.  If you do not attend the training, you will not be able to continue with this as your Site Placement.   By registering for this site, you are committing to the training as well as the approximately 40 hours of work to be spread throughout the semester.  Since this site offers enormous flexibility from your home computer, it requires the commitment of an entire semester. 

Luther Crest Retirement Community: 
Available: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cedar Crest students will work with residents of Luther Crest in the Health Care Center and Assisted Living facility through visiting, assisting with activities, and transporting residents to various events.  Students may also be asked to escort residents to off-campus doctor appointments or activities.  Transportation for the off-campus doctor appointments is provided by Luther Crest.

New Bethany Ministries:
Available: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This agency has a drop in center that provides meals for clients during breakfast and lunch, a shelter for homeless families, single rooms for mentally ill adults and a 2-year transitional program for homeless families.  Cedar Crest students will be assisting with the preparation, cooking, serving and cleaning of the noontime meal. 

Northeast Ministry:
Available: Monday through Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This agency is a full service social service agency with programs for pre-school children to senior citizens.  Cedar Crest students will be working with the after-school program tutoring children. 

On-going Placement: Students currently performing hands-on work at a non-profit agency may request to have that site considered as their Ethical Life Site Placement.  In order to register for this site, you must complete an application from the Ethical Life Coordinator and gain approval from a committee of faculty and staff.

Phoebe Home Nursing and Rehabilitation Center:
Available: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., limited nights and weekends
This agency is a not-for-profit nursing home with skilled care, assisted living, a dementia unit and a range of rehabilitation services including short term and outpatient care.  Cedar Crest students will be helping with resident transports, activities helpers and social visitors.

Roosevelt Elementary School:
Available: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Roosevelt Elementary School is a community school that combines the best educational practices of a quality school with a wide range of vital in-house health and social services to ensure that children are physically, emotionally and socially prepared to learn.  Students will be working with elementary school students in after school programs such as Fitness Fusion, Homework Club, Math Club, Writing Club, and other various family fun night events.

Sixth Street Shelter:
Available: Monday through Friday 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
This agency is a program of the CACLV.  The Sixth Street Shelter is a shelter for families with children and is located in center-city Allentown.  Cedar Crest students will be working with the Kids Club where they will tutor elementary-aged school children with homework, assist with games, art projects and other activities.

Trinity Soup Kitchen:
Available: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Trinity Soup Kitchen in Bethlehem offers meals on-site to the less fortunate members of the community. Cedar Crest students will have the opportunity to assist with meal preparation cooking, serving and cleaning of the noon time meal as well as interacting with the guests.

TBA:  Each semester we try to add at least one new selection to our list. Continue to consult the Ethical Life web page to find out about any new placements. 

Westminster Adult Day Program:
Available: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Westminster Adult Day Program provides programs that are specifically designed to meet the varying needs of older adults who wish to remain independent and for the families caring for them at home.  Students working with this site will assist with various activities within a structured environment as a tool to maintain the independence, self esteem and long-term memory skills of the program participants.