Contact: Michael Traupman, Executive Director of College Relations, 610-740-3790
Karen Passino, Student Intern


College's New President will also Mark Start of Academic Year with Service

Allentown, PA (August 20, 2008) - On Friday, August 22, the newest members of the Cedar Crest College community will uphold a College tradition by spending a part of their orientation giving back to those in need in the greater Lehigh Valley. The incoming class of roughly 260 freshmen and transfer students, along with more than 60 student leaders, faculty and staff, will perform a day of service at several sites throughout the region in an effort to learn the importance of being actively engaged in their community.

Along with the new students, Cedar Crest’s new president, Carmen Twillie Ambar, along with Denise O’Neill, dean of students, will lead a group of students at Second Harvest Food Bank where she and the students will prepare food packs for the Backpack Buddies.

Buses depart the campus at 8:30 with arrival times at the sites ranging from 8:45 am to 9:15 am and students will be picked up from their service sites between 11:45 am and 12:15 pm. This year Cedar Crest has approximately 25 agencies that will host students, faculty and staff. Divided into groups of ten to fifteen people, the students will spend the day volunteering in a variety of ways including gardening, painting, assisting classroom teachers and visiting the elderly. The Sixth Street Shelter, Westminster Village and the Lehigh Valley Zoo are just a few of the many organizations at which students will volunteer.

"Day of Service is an important component for Orientation,” says Denise O’Neill, acting dean of students. “One of the outcomes associated with the College's mission statement centers on experiential learning, learning that will help us explore our own values and the values of others. Through service and this specific program, first year students, from the very start of their collegiate experience, are placed on the path to achieve this goal."

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. In total, Cedar Crest students performed more than 24,600 hours of community service for the 2007-2008 academic year.

A list of volunteer sites and services follows. Video and photo opportunities are available BY REQUEST. Please call ahead to schedule interviews as some volunteer sites have confidentiality restrictions. For more information, contact the College Relations Office at Cedar Crest College at 610-740-3790.

Agency Name/Activity (for a MSword version with a clear chart/table see the attached release)

Arcadia Hospice: Assist Hospice agency with making admissions packs and copying

Bureau of Recycling: Clean up at a site in Allentown

Care Net Pregnancy Center: Cleaning, organizing, office work, parking lot clean up, moving furniture

Child Advocacy Center of Lehigh County: Organizing supplies, washing walls, moving and sorting books

Community Services for Children at Head Start: Organize materials for the annual Head Start pre-service training

Da Vinci Discovery Center: Help with general cleaning of the center and creating supplies for visiting school groups

Daybreak Transitional Center Interact with members: possibly assist in kitchen, outdoor cleaning

Easter Seals Society: Paint the inside of the outdoor pavilion

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania: Possible staining project and general sprucing up of the camp and its buildings

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital: Play games with residents such as trivia, jeopardy, bingo and clean out craft closet

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Remove invasive plants, trail work

Jewish Community Center: Sorting, pricing and organizing used “nearly new” items for resale to support children’s scholarship.

Kirkland Village: Help the Garden Committee work in the gardens around the village

Lehigh Valley Zoo: Painting, staining, weeding

Meals on Wheels of Northampton County: Paint an office and hall wall

New Bethany Ministries: Assist in Meal Center, put together food baskets, kitchen work

Northeast Ministry: Entertain children with back to school party

Phoebe Home: Working with the activity coordinators on the Alzheimer’s unit.

Second Harvest Food Bank: Packing bags of food for weekend consumption- Backpack Buddies

Sixth Street Shelter: Outside/Inside clean up, gardening, painting, organizing donations

The Rodale Institute: Weeding, edging and composting gardens. If raining, working in the greenhouse.

Third Street Alliance for Women and Children: Plant and weed the courtyard, hanging thermal back drapes in shelter, resident interaction.

Turning Point: Interior cleaning of windows

Union & West End Cemetery: Historic orientation to cemetery, surface archaeology, hands-on session, locating a grave from among 30,000

Westminster Village: Assist with activities and work one to one with residents with dementia


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