For Immediate Release
Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

Students at Cedar Crest College kick off academic year with Day of Service on August 26

Allentown, PA (August 25, 2011)—Cedar Crest College is well known for its community service efforts, and the campus will waste no time this semester in getting the ball rolling during its Day of Service on Friday, August 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

First-time college and transfer students—as well as other members of the Cedar Crest community—will be visiting shelters, senior citizen homes, social service agencies and other organizations in the Lehigh Valley and assisting with myriad projects (see list below for sites that welcome media coverage).

“Cedar Crest College believes in experiential education and civic engagement is a critical part of what we do as an institution,” said Tammy Bean, director of the Lutz Center for Community Service at Cedar Crest College. “Our goal is for our students and graduates to seek continuous service, locally and globally. During orientation, we plant the seed through the Day of Service program.”

The Day of Service highlights the College’s commitment to incorporating community service into programs of study. It is used as an outside-the-classroom learning experience for students and provides faculty with the opportunity to personally work with students as they accomplish a goal together. Last year, Cedar Crest College students performed about 27,000 hours of community service in the greater Lehigh Valley.

Please call the College Relations Office (610-740-3790) if you are interested in covering any of these activities.

Volunteer Sites and Activities

  • Allentown Parks and Recreation/Friends of the Allentown Parks, 2700 Parkway Blvd.—Litter collection, weeding and flower planting at Percy Ruhe Park in Allentown
  • Camelot for Children, 2354 W. Emmaus Ave.—Camp clean-up and stuffing bags for annual 5K walk/run
  • Cancer Support Community, 3400 Bath Pike at Routes 512 & 22—Organizing and cleaning the library, kitchen area and helping with packets for the Wings of Hope event
  • Care Net Pregnancy Center, 1034 Hamilton St.—Paint rooms
  • Civic Theater of Allentown, 527 N. 19th Street—Painting, cleaning and general facility maintenance
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, 2633 Moravian Ave.—Cleaning up the Mountain House Day Camp site, which includes painting and taking down tents
  • Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, RR 2, Box 19—Invasive plant removal
  • Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc., 459 Old York Road—Clean up, landscaping and weeding at Burnside Plantation
  • Kirkland Village, One Kirkland Village Circle—Help reset 500 candles for the Luminiare program, help with outside work
  • Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road—Decorating for concert, preparing for Run at the Zoo and helping with zoo clean-up
  • Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Road—Assisting with a variety of tasks on the organic farm, including but not limited to weeding, transplanting, watering, etc.
  • Sixth Street Shelter, 219 North Sixth Street—Clean and organize donations

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