Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610.740.3790

Cedar Crest Nursing Students and Faculty Make a Difference at 4th Annual Community Service Day

Summer Program Offers Highest Number of Participants To Date

Allentown, PA (August 3, 2004) - More than 70 students and faculty from Cedar Crest College's evening and weekend nursing program will volunteer their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of Lehigh Valley residents at the 4th Annual Community Service Day on Wednesday, August 4, 2004.

Members of the Nursing Department will lend a helping hand at 11 Lehigh Valley agencies including homeless shelters, soup kitchens and elder care facilities. Students and faculty will participate in a variety of activities including meal preparation, cleaning and painting.

In addition, a group of four students, two seniors and two juniors, will give an educational presentation to residents at the Care-Net Women's Shelter in Allentown focusing on child development milestones and the safety issues related to each. "We did a similar program at Care-Net last year and are very excited to have been asked to present to the women again," says Vanessa Pasch, a senior nursing student and one of the presenters. "Care-Net asked the residents what they would most like to learn about and we created our program based on their top choices." The students also incorporated information that they learned from their classes at Cedar Crest.

Fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Cedar Crest's nursing program provides a solid foundation in nursing practice. Community Service Day underscores the nursing department's commitment to compassion and service to those in need, an important element of the nursing program's philosophy, as well as a standard of the nursing profession in general.

Community Service Day also 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 work with the students on a personal level as they accomplish a goal together. Last year, Cedar Crest students performed over 18,000 hours of community service in the greater Lehigh Valley.

A list of volunteer sites, times and activities follows. For more information, call Cedar Crest's Nursing Department at 610.606.4666, ext. 3322 or the College Relations Office at 610.740.3790.


Volunteer Site/Times/Volunteer Activities

Allentown Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall
7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Students will train in sighted/blind techniquesStudents will assist blind and visually impaired clients on an exercise walk

Allentown Rescue Mission
355 Hamilton Street, Allentown
2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Preparing and serving a meal

Allentown State Hospital
1600 Hanover Road, Allentown
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Students will organize a bingo game with patients

Care-Net Women's Shelter
1034 Hamilton Street, Allentown
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Students will give a presentation focusing on child development milestones and safety issues

Country Meadow
4005 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township
5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Socializing and visiting with residents

Good Shepherd Hospital Raker Center
601 St. John's Street, Allentown
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Students will assist in the Sensory Stimulation room

Mary's Shelter
325 South 12th Street, Reading
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Painting and yard work

New Bethany Ministries
337 Wyandotte Street, Allentown
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Preparing and serving lunch

Phoebe Nursing Home
1925 Turner Street, Allentown
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Students will organize a bingo game for residents

Salvation Army of Allentown Hospitality House
844 North 7th Street, Allentown
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Preparing and serving a meal, plus clean-up

Turning Point
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Organizing donations and supplies, plus cleaning

*Please call ahead to schedule interviews as some volunteer sites have confidentiality restrictions.



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