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MEDIA ADVISORY

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 23, 2005) – On Friday, August 26, 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 270 freshman 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.

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 24,900 hours of community service for the 2004-2005 academic year.

A list of volunteer sites and services follows on the next page. For more information, including times and locations, contact the College Relations Office at Cedar Crest College at 610-740-3790.

VIDEO AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AT VOLUNTEER SITES AND INTERVIEWS WITH STUDENTS AND FACULTY AVAILABLE BY REQUEST

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

Agency Name

Activity

Allentown Rescue Mission

Help with preparation/serving of food

Allentown YWCA & YMCA

Participate in relay races and games

Bethlehem Senior Citizens Council

Help with cake walk

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley

Weed front and side flower beds

Burn Prevention Foundation

House clean and prepare a bulk mailing

Country Meadows

Help with resident activities

Crime Victims Council

Clerical/bulk mailing

Daybreak

Socialize with members/prepare meal

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Remove Asian Stilt Grass which is threatening the eastern deciduous forest

Lehigh Valley Public Broadcasting System

Education department mailing

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Paint, stain and hang lights

Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Assist with activities/be friendly visitors

Luther Crest

Set up/ decorate for Carnival, court yard clean-up

New Bethany Ministries

Assist in meal center

Northeast Ministry

Entertain children with back to school party

Phoebe Home

Decorate/set up for Luncheon, transport residents to the luncheon

Pinebrook Services for Children and Youth

Help clean, organize and maintain toys, games and other items

Sayre Child Center

Playing/interacting with the children

Sixth Street Shelter

Painting, gardening, cleaning

The Discovery Center

Pack equipment into boxes for move to Cedar Crest College

The Rodale Institute

Cut and staple seed paper

Third Street Alliance for Women and Children

Clean, weed play area, organize closets, toys, clean building

Union & West End Cemetery

Mowing, trimming, repairing tombstones

Valley Youth House

Trail grooming/clean up

Victory House of the Lehigh Valley

Establish horseshoe pits

YWCA of Bethlehem

Sort/organize office supply closet, storage room,  clothes closet

 

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