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Contact: David Jwanier, Media Relations Associate, 610-740-3790

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CEDAR CREST NURSING STUDENTS AND FACULTY MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY

Allentown, PA (January 12, 2009)—More than 150 students and faculty from Cedar Crest College's Nursing Program will volunteer their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of Lehigh Valley residents during the campus’ Bi-annual Community Service Day on Wednesday, January 21.

Members of the Nursing Department will lend a helping hand at several agencies operating in the Lehigh Valley, including American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Trinity and Day Break soup kitchens, Allentown Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Camelot for Children, Inc., and many more. Students and faculty will participate in such activities as serving meals at a soup kitchen, escorting visually impaired adults on their weekly trip to the mall, packing orders for a local food bank, cleaning and painting, etc.

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 more than 24,600 hours of community service in the greater Lehigh Valley.

A list of volunteer sites, times and activities follows. Please call the College Relations office if you are interested in covering any of the events, as some volunteer sites have confidentiality restrictions.  For more information, call the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

Volunteer Site

Times

Volunteer Activities

Touchstone Theater
321 E. Fourth St.
Bethlehem, PA

2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Volunteers will assist in spackling & painting one of their storage rooms.

Allentown Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
845 Wyoming Street
Allentown, PA

7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Volunteers will serve as escorts for blind or visually impaired adults on their weekly walk in the Lehigh Valley Mall. 

Wellness Center & Towne House Apartments
1827 Walnut St.
Allentown, PA

3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Cleaning for residents

Sixth Street Shelter
219 N. 6th St.
Allentown, PA

1 p.m.-3 p.m.
3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Painting

EQPP (Emergency Housing for Families)
2155 Milford Square Pike
Milford Square, PA 18933

10 a.m.-1 pm

Cleaning

Good Shepherd Allentown
Raker Center

850 S. 5th St., Allentown, PA

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Visit and socialize with residents

Good Shepherd Bethlehem
2855 Schoenersville Rd.
Bethlehem, PA

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Visit and socialize with residents

American Red Cross
2200 Avenue A
Bethlehem, PA

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cleaning and general maintenance

Camelot for Children, Inc.
2354 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Volunteers will clean, put away holiday decorations, etc.

Salvation Army
144 N. 8th St.
Allentown, PA

1p.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteers will be cleaning out and re-organizing a storage room.

Trinity Soup Kitchen
44 E. Market St.
Bethlehem, PA

9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Volunteers will be assisting with preparing, serving, and cleanup of noon meal, and also doing a blood pressure screening for clients.

Second Harvest Food Bank
2045 Harvest Way
Allentown, PA

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Volunteers will work on the Back Pack Buddy Program, which packs bags of food for children of low income families to take home on Friday so they have food for the weekend.

Daybreak Soup Kitchen
534 Chew St., Allentown, PA

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteers will assist with preparing and serving the noon meal.

Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank
534 Chew St., Allentown, PA

9:30 a.m.-1 pm                                            

Volunteers will pack food orders for clients.

Animals In Distress
5075 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg, PA

1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Caring for animals

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