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 August 24 

Allentown, PA (August 22, 2012)—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 24, 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.

Sites include: Sixth Street Shelter (clean an apartment inside and out for a new client), Allentown, Pa.; Community Bike Works (clean and organizing program rooms), Allentown, Pa.; St. Luke’s Neighborhood Center (pass out school supplies to children), Allentown, Pa.; Bethlehem Senior Center (play games with seniors), Bethlehem, Pa.; Kirkland Village (paint a gazebo), Bethlehem, Pa.; Allentown YWCA and YMCA (landscaping), Allentown, Pa.; The Learning Center at Third Street Alliance (clean play yard and learning center), Easton, Pa.; YWCA of Bethlehem (organize prom dresses), Bethlehem, Pa.; and more.

“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 more than 21,000 hours of community service in the greater Lehigh Valley.

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

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