Volunteer Service Opportunities

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Looking for a way to make an impact this semester?  Then look no further.  As part of the National Martin Luther King Jr. day of Service on Monday, January 19, 2009, beginning at 2:00 pm, Cedar Crest College will be partnering with two local community agencies to be a part of providing educational opportunities with children in elementary school.  The first opportunity will run from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and the second opportunity will run from 4:00 pm to6:00 pm  Transportation will be provided and will meet interested volunteers at the Blaney Hall steps 20 minutes before the event is due to begin.  Sign up to be a part of one of the events or both.  For more information please contact Tammy Bean at tebean@cedarcrest.edu or via phone at ext. 3392 or Leyna Belinsky at lbelinsk@cedarcrest.edu or via phone at ext. 3538.

Snow Ball at Country Meadows of Allentown
Looking for a way to get involved in the community?  On Wednesday, January 21, 2009 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm you can do just that by helping out with the Snow Ball at Country Meadows of Allentown.  Country Meadows is a local retirement community which provides various levels of care and works to “enable residents to live life to its fullest”. Transportation will be provided. For more information, please contact Clarissa at ext. 3438 or via email at service@cedarcrest.edu.

Alternative Spring Break
It’s that time of year again – time to plan for Spring Break.  This year a team of 17 dedicated women will be volunteering their time on Cedar Crest’s Alternative Spring Break.  The team will be providing service to the community of Battle Creek, MI.  To help fund the trips ASB has planned numerous fund-raisers.  Currently, team members are selling $1.00 and $5.00 bricks.  For that donation amount, your name will be written on the brick and displayed in the TCC.  Beginning January 21, 2009, the ASB members will be in the TCC during meals for the Seventh Annual used CD/VIDEO/DVD/BOOK sale.  For more information on these and other fundraisers, contact the Lutz Center for Community Service at ext. 3438 or via email at service@cedarcrest.edu.

Come and Make Friends!
Come and be a college friend for under privileged kids in the Allentown area. Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges are working together to run The Second Mile Friends Program, a mentor program for second through third graders. College Mentors, called College Friends, will volunteer once a month at an activity held at Muhlenberg College. Each activity has a theme. You will be matched in groups, a few mentors and a few students as one group. The program runs from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sundays. The dates for the spring semester are Sunday, January 25, 2009, Sunday, February 15, 2009, Sunday, March 22, 2009 and Sunday, April 19, 2009.  If you cannot be a College Friend, but you want to help out, you can be an activity leader.  For more information, questions, or to sign up, please contact Victoria B., Victoria K., or Mariann at ext. 3438 or service@cedarcrest.edu

Canned Coordinators
Help the Second Harvest Food Bank sort through non-perishable foods that will later be delivered to service agencies and families in need. The dates for the Spring semester are Friday, January 30, 2009, Friday, February 20, 2009, Friday, March 20, 2009, and Friday, April 17, 2009.  Transportation will be provided. We will meet at 12:30 pm in front of Blaney Hall. Only four volunteers needed, so reserve your spot today. Contact Caitlin at service@cedarcrest.edu or ext. 3438 with questions or to sign-up.

Launch-IT Project
Looking for a way to impact the future of the world? Be a mentor. Volunteer mentors are needed to tutor 6th through 12th graders in reading and math while launching students towards college and careers in Information Technology. Tutoring commitment is for two hours one Saturday a month at Lehigh University. The dates for this semester are Saturday, January 24, 2009, Saturday, February 21, 2009, Saturday, March 14, 2009, Saturday, April 11, 2009 and Saturday, May 9, 2009.  For more information or to complete an application, contact Victoria B. at ext. 3438 or via email at service@cedarcrest.edu.

Saturday Scholars at Central Elementary School
Central Elementary School is looking for volunteers to be mentors to local elementary school students.  Volunteers would help with reading instruction and special activities.  This program will run on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Dates for this program are: Saturday, January 24, 2009, Saturday, January 31, 2009, Saturday, February 7, 2009, Saturday, February 21, 2009, Saturday, February 28, 2009, Saturday, March 7, 2009 and Saturday, March 14, 2009.  For more information about this program or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Leyna Belinsky at ext. 3538 or via email at lbelinsk@cedarcrest.edu.

Community Bike Works Needs Mentors and Tutors
Community Bike Works provides inner city children with meaningful work ethic alternatives to gangs, drugs and the streets.  Cedar Crest volunteers are needed to be mentors and tutors for inner city boys and girls ages 9 to 17.  Volunteers are needed Monday through Thursday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm beginning Monday, January 26, 2009. For more information or to sign up, contact Leyna Belinsky at ext. 3538 or via email at lbelinsk@cedarcrest.edu.

Senior Mondays at the Da Vinci Science Center
Looking for a great way to get involved in the community?  Like working with older adults?  Do you enjoy science?  Then this program is for you.  Volunteers are needed to help with a monthly program at the Da Vinci Science Center that will have volunteers working with Senior Citizens to give them a better understanding of the Center.  This event will run from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Monday, January 26, 2009.  Additional dates for the semester include Monday, February 23, 2009 and Monday, March 23, 2009.  For more information on this program or to sign up, please contact Clarissa at ext. 3438 or via email at service@cedarcrest.edu.

IMPACT Project
Looking for a way to become a positive role model for local students?  Then this program is for you.  The IMPACT Project is a one-on-one mentorship program with students who are on probation. Over the course of the semester, the pairs will meet Monday afternoons from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on campus and form a bond through mentorship and friendship. The program will run for 8 weeks beginning Monday, February 2, 2009.  An orientation for this program will be held on Monday, January 26, 2009.  For more information about this program, please contact Victoria B. at ext. 3438 or at service@cedarcrest.edu.

IMPACT Project Take 2
Do you enjoy working with high school students and being a positive role model?  Would you like to participate in the IMPACT Project, but do not have Monday afternoons free?  Then this may be the answer for you.  The Lutz Center for Community Service is working with students to set up a second program similar to the IMPACT Project.  The dates, times and locations for this program are still being set up, but for all students that are interested please contact Amanda Boehm at aaboehm@cedarcrest.edu.

Da Vinci Center Home School Program
Calling all science geeks: Would you enjoy an opportunity that lets you share your love of science with young children? Here’s your chance! The Da Vinci Science Center is seeking volunteers for its upcoming home school program. This program will take place on the following dates during the spring semester: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, Wednesday, February 25, 2009, Wednesday, March 25, 2009, Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Volunteers need to arrive by 1:00 pm for a short training and information session. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Mariann at ext. 3438 or via email at service@cedarcrest.edu.

Warm Hearts 4 Cold Noses
Do you miss spending time with your pets? Or do you enjoy being around and taking care of cats and dogs? If so this is the opportunity for you!! Warm Hearts 4 Cold Noses has an adopt-a-thon once a month and needs volunteers. The first adopt-a-thon for this semester is on Sunday, February 8, 2009. If you have a car and would like to transport animals you may, or you may help take care of them at PETCO where the adopt-a-thon is held.  Pick up for the animals starts at 10:30 am and the adopt-a-thon begins at noon and runs until 3:00 pm. The animals are brought to the South Mall, Allentown PETCO from an Easton shelter. Help support the no kill policy and enjoy the company of some animals. Additional dates for the spring semester include Sunday, March 8, 2009 and Sunday, May 10, 2009.  If you have any questions or are interested contact Victoria B. at service@cedarcrest.edu or ext. 3438.

Give the Gift of Life!
Your help is needed!  The Lutz Center for Community Service is sponsoring the Miller-Keystone Memorial Blood Drive on Wednesday, February 10, 2009.  The drive will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the TCC 1867 Room.  Blood is desperately needed to replenish low reserves.  It only takes an hour and a pint of blood.  For more information on signing up to donate, please contact Brittany at ext. 3438 or at service@cedarcrest.edu.

Vulvapalooza – An International V-Day Campaign
Vulvapalooza is a weeklong celebration of women and women’s culture here on the Cedar Crest College campus. A wide variety of empowering and educational events are being offered to help celebrate the wonders of being a woman and end all types of violence against women and girls internationally.  For more information about Vulvapalooza and the V-Day campaign please visit the official website http://www.vday.org/main.html.  For more information on what is happening at Cedar Crest the week of February 8, 2009 through February 15, 2009, please contact JaniceElizabeth at service@cedarcrest.edu or via phone at ext. 3438.

Touchstone Theatre
Get involved in the Bethlehem area arts by volunteering at Touchstone Theatre. Volunteers assist by serving as greeters, seating patrons, hosting the concession/cafe area, answering questions, assisting guests with special needs, and directing patrons in the event of an emergency. The current schedule for this semester is Friday, February 13, 2009, Friday, February 20, 2009, Friday, March 27, 2009, Friday, April 3, 2009 and Friday, May 8, 2009.  Transportation is provided and the van will be leaving at approximately 6:00 pm and should be back by 11:00 pm more information, please contact Tayla at ext. 3438 or via e-mail at service@cedarcrest.edu.

The Vagina Monologues (Two Nights!)
One of the most outrageous and outspoken productions of the year!  An all-star cast presents women’s stories to help End Violence against Women and Girls on Friday, February 13, 2009 and Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm in Samuel’s Theatre in the TCC. All proceeds benefit the International V-Day campaign, Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley and Crime Victims Council. Come to laugh, listen, cringe, and cry but don’t miss out! Admission is $10 or $5 with a valid student ID. Questions or comments? Contact JaniceElizabeth or Laura M. at service@cedarcrest.edu
 
Vagina Monologues: Ushers Needed
Vagina Monologues needs ushers for Friday, February 13, 2009 and Saturday, February 14, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Ushers will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Three ushers are needed for each performance. Ushers will be allowed to see the show for free the night that they are ushering.  For more information or to sign up, contact JaniceElizabeth at ext. 3438 or via email at service@cedarcrest.edu.

Random Acts of Kindness Week
February 13, 2009 to February 20, 2009 – Join the movement!  Random Acts of Kindness Week is celebrated by millions of people across the United States.  The goal for this week: to spread awareness of the importance of kindness.  Say thank you, pay a compliment, hold a door open, give an unexpected gift, or perform any other small act of kindness throughout the week – it’s random, so it’s up to you!  If you would like something a little more structured, help out in the community.  Some service project ideas for this week include visiting the elderly at a local adult care center or nursing home and share a musical or artistic talent, work on crafts, or participate in other activities to brighten their day, help out at a soup kitchen or spend time with children at a local after school program.  The ideas are endless.  For more information, contact Holly or Dah-ve at ext. 3438 or via email at service@cedarcrest.edu.

A Memoir, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer
With great enthusiasm, a production of Eve Ensler’s production, A Memoir, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer, featuring a collection of writers voicing their personal encounters in the battle to End Violence against Women and Girls will be held on Cedar Crest College’s campus. Join the cast at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 15, 2009, for an exciting afternoon of original stories and dramatic readings. Admission is $10 or $5 with a valid student ID. Show your ticket stub from The Vagina Monologues and receive a reduced rate. Questions or comments should be directed to JaniceElizabeth or Laura M. at service@cedarcrest.edu

 

Daffodil Days Are On Their Way!
Are you ready for Spring?  Why not brighten your day and the day of those around you with DAFFODILS?  The Lutz Center for Community Service is sponsoring the sale of daffodils to support the American Cancer Society.  We will be selling bunches of 10 yellow daffodils for only $10.00.  Pre-order today to have your order available on Wednesday, March 18, 2009.  Payment is due upon delivery.  Send your order to the Tammy Bean at tebean@cedarcrest.edu by Wednesday, February 18, 2009.  You can also order the Daffodil Vase (7” Purple glass vase etched with daffodils and 10 daffodils) for $15.00 or the Fifth Annual Bear & A Bunch (10 inch Boyds Bear and a bunch of 10 daffodils) for $25.00.  These two items MUST be pre-ordered by Wednesday, February 18, 2009.  Thank you for your support!
 
Pinebrook Craft Time
Do you enjoy crafts? Like playing with children? Come help children on Thursday, February 19, 2009 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm complete a craft project while they wait for their appointments at Pinebrook Services. Pinebrook Services is an agency in Allentown that works with the Lehigh County Foster Care program. They provide counseling, tutoring, and other helpful services to foster children and their parents in the program. Each month, a different craft project is chosen to complete with the children while they wait for their appointments.  Transportation is provided! We ALWAYS have a great time and the children love it! Additional Pinebrook Craft Time dates for this semester are Thursday, March 19, 2009, and Thursday, April 23, 2009.  Contact Victoria K. at service@cedarcrest.edu or call ext. 3438 to sign up!!

Mathcounts 2009
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Mathcounts will be hosting the 25th annual Mathcounts competition on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Lower Macungie Middle School.  Mathcounts is a national coaching and competition program that combines the math ability of 6th, 7th and 8th graders with the excitement of a sporting event.  Volunteers are needed to help out with the event.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Germaine Lenz at gablenz@rcn.com or via phone at 610-216-3112.

PBS 39 Telethon
PBS 39 will be hosting the annual telethon Saturday, February 28, 2009 through Sunday, March 15, 2009 and volunteers are needed for various shifts to help answer phones and take pledges.  For more information about this opportunity, please contact Lori Warsing at 610-984-8123 or via email at loriw@wlvt.org.

Meals On Wheels
This semester the Lutz Center for Community Service would like to once again host a team to deliver meals for Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County.  Volunteers from this organization have delivered over five million meals to people unable to shop or prepare adequate meals for themselves because of age, disability or illness. The program enables individuals to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible by providing a consistent source of nutritious food.  If you are interested in participating with this program, please contact Clarissa at service@cedarcrest.edu or ext. 3438.

South Mountain Middle School
Volunteers are needed for a verity of programs and events at South Mountain Middle School.  Programs run from once a week for the semester, to once a week for six weeks to once a month or once a semester.  Spanish speaking volunteers are needed for many of the programs.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Nicole Nugent, Community School Director at South Mountain Middle School at 484-765-4320 or via email at nugentn@allentownsd.org.


Relay for Life
One in three women is diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime. Wouldn't you like to be a part of the fight against this terrible disease? The Lutz Center for Community Service is in the process of planning our fourth annual Relay for Life event, which will take place April 17, 2009 through April 18, 2009. If you would like to be a part of the planning committee, or if you are interested in participating in the event and would like more information please contact C.J. or Sarah at service@cedarcrest.edu, relay@cedarcrest.edu or ext. 3438.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley in partnership with the IRS will be providing FREE tax preparation outreach services to low and moderate-income people in the Lehigh Valley during the Monday, February 2, 2009 to Wednesday, April 15, 2009 tax season. Currently the organization is recruiting volunteers to help in preparing tax returns. Volunteers will be provided with a free e-filing tax preparation training sponsored by the IRS in January 2009. Opportunities for this program are available in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Susan Zlotnick at 610-691-5620 or via email at szlotnick@caclv.org.

Recycle4ACause
Do you have a personal printer in your office or residence hall room here on campus or at home? By donating your cartridges in one of the many locations around campus, including the TCC information desk and at the Allen house reception desk you can help to save lives in Darfur.  Starting in 2003 the government of Sudan has backed Janjaweed, an Arab militia that has been attempting to partake in ethnic cleansing of the area. So far over half a million Africans have been killed and about 3 million more have been displaced to neighboring countries. In the refugee camps and areas around them there are about 4 million people currently starving and about 500 people dying each day.  By donating your ink cartridge you can help to bring these people medical attention, clean water, shelter, and food. Even though you may never see the impact that your contribution will make, the refugees of Darfur will experience a difference in their lives.  For more information on where your donation will be going please visit http://www.helpdarfurnow.org/about.php. If you have any questions about the program here at Cedar Crest please feel free to contact Victoria K. at service@cedarcrest.edu or at ext. 3438.

Guardianship Support Agency, Inc
Volunteers are needed to assist decision-impaired persons who are without appropriate family or friends by helping them with housing, medical treatment and asset management.  As a volunteer, you could be a one-on-one companion, a personal shopper, help with clerical office opportunities or assist with special projects.    For more information about this organization or to sign up to volunteer, contact Director of Services Barbara Gustafson at Post Office Box 8540, Allentown, PA 18105-8540, by phone: 610-351-2013 or via email at guardianship@rcn.com.  Please note that orientations run the fourth Tuesdays of January, March, May, July, September, and November from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

 

U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Awards
Each year the Lutz Center for Community Service host’s the annual Cedar Crest College Volunteer Banquet.  Student, faculty and staff volunteers are honored at this dinner, which will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2009.  As part of this recognition, we award the U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards.  Students, faculty and staff that have completed 100 hours of service or more within a 12-month time frame receive a lapel pin, a personalized certificate, and a note of congratulations from the President of the United States.  This award encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires others to make volunteering a central part of their lives.  Over the past 6 years, Cedar Crest College has handed out over 100 awards, which accounts for over 10,000 hours of service.  Any individual or group interested in receiving more information on the awards, please contact Tammy Bean at ext. 3392 or via email at tebean@cedarcrest.edu.  To qualify for the award, we must have a log of all volunteer hours on file by March 31, 2009.