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MEDIA ALERT

PHOTO/VIDEO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790

 

CEDAR CREST’S NEW STUDENTS LEND A HAND IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY

Allentown, PA (August 22, 2006) – On Friday, August 25, the newest members of the Cedar Crest College community will uphold a College tradition by spending a part of their orientation week giving back to those in need in the greater Lehigh Valley.  The incoming class of roughly 300 freshman and transfer students, the largest incoming class in the College's history, 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.

Buses depart the campus at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. to take students to a number of local facilities.  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, Luther Crest and the Lehigh Valley Zoo are just a few of the many organizations at which students will volunteer.

“Community service is a key component of the mission at Cedar Crest College,” says Joan Laffey, dean of students.  “It is an integral part of the Cedar Crest student experience.”

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 22,000 hours of community service for the 2005-2006 academic year.

A table 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, including times and locations, contact the College Relations Office at Cedar Crest College at 610-740-3790.

Agency Name

Session

Activity

Allentown YWCA & YMCA

Morning

Work with children in relay races and games

Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Lehigh

Afternoon

Help residents with games

Child Advocacy Center of Lehigh County

Morning & Afternoon

Cleaning and sorting donated items

Cityspace Child Care

Morning

Spend time with kids reading and doing crafts

Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley

Morning & Afternoon

Help prepare a bulk mailing and pack goodie bags for mentors and students

Community Bike Works

Afternoon

Painting and library organization

Country Meadows - Allentown

Morning & Afternoon

Participate in Community Life Day, helping with activities

Country Meadows – Bethlehem

Morning & Afternoon

Work with residents on various activities

Crime Victims Council

Afternoon

Clerical/bulk mailing

Good Shepherd Rehab Hospital

Morning & Afternoon

Assisting residents with therapeutic recreation activities

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Morning

Remove Asian Stilt Grass which is threatening the eastern deciduous forest, trail work

Kirkland Village

Morning

Garden work and painting benches

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Morning

Yard work

Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Afternoon

Assist with activities/be friendly visitors

Life Path

Morning

Performing tasks at a number of  community living/residential programs

Lower Saucon Township Historical Society

Afternoon

Archiving, set up school house museum

Meals on Wheels of Northampton County

Afternoon

Garden work

New Bethany Ministries

Afternoon

Assist in meal center

Northeast Ministry

Afternoon

Entertain children with back to school party

Phoebe Home

Afternoon

Assisting residents at a bingo party

Pinebrook Services for Children and Youth

Morning

Help to organize and clean children's toys and games

Roosevelt Elementary School

Morning

Helping decorate school

Salvation Army of Bethlehem

Morning & Afternoon

Painting and organizing library

Saucon Valley Conservancy

Afternoon

Working in Heller Homestead

Sayre Child Center

Morning & Afternoon

Assisting classroom teachers and playing/interacting with the children

Third Street Alliance for Women and Children

Morning & Afternoon

Working with adults with Alzheimer's doing crafts and baking; set up childcare classroom

Touchstone Theater

Morning & Afternoon

Gardening, packing and painting

Westminster Village

Afternoon

Assist senior citizens with activities

Valley Youth House – Camp Horseshoe

Morning

Clearing and cleaning trails

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