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Holiday Giving Alive and Well at Cedar Crest

With more than 27,000 hours of community service during the 2009-10 academic year and a third consecutive selection to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, Cedar Crest College has become synonymous with caring.

The campus has performed the following community service activities, to name a few, since August:

· Donated 20 Thanksgiving baskets to New Bethany Ministries for needy families, so they could enjoy a traditional holiday meal.

· Twenty one students have provided more than 1,070 hours of tutoring support in reading and math for children grades K- 12.

· Students from the Ethical Life and Business Ethics courses have provided more than 1,275 hours to help children read, tutor adults working toward their GED, transport residents to community events, and much more.

· The Lutz Center for Community Service has recorded well over 2,000 hours of service to 30 community agencies.

· The college community has donated 57 pints of blood to Miller-Keystone Blood Center to save lives in the community.

“For the over 100 agencies in the community, many of the activities and events they host would not be possible if it were not for the students, faculty and staff of Cedar Crest College,” said Tammy Bean, director of the Lutz Center for Community Service.

These efforts will only intensify this month with the 2010 Season of Giving campaign. Learn more about events by attending a volunteer session on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 1-2 p.m. in Alcove A in Tompkins College Center. Events for which volunteers are needed include:

· Pinebrook Services Craft Time: Volunteers are needed to help children complete a craft project while they wait for their appointments at Pinebrook Services on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 4-6 p.m.

· Kirkland Village Tree Time: The Kirkland Village Community needs helping hands for a tree set-up and decorating event on Friday, Dec. 3, from 3-5 p.m.

· Bingo at Cedarbrook: Cedarbrook Nursing Home at the Fountain Hill location needs volunteers to help the residents play bingo on Friday afternoons. Volunteers are needed on Friday, Dec. 3, from 2-4 p.m.

· Jinglebell Run/Walk: Northampton Community College is hosting the Jinglebell Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 4, in order to help improve the lives of people who suffer from arthritis. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m.

· Animal Parade: Join the Lutz Center to help Gress Mountain Ranch handle animals for a Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

· Midnight Delights: Come to Midnight Delights in Butz Fireside Kitchen on Sunday, Dec. 5, beginning at 8 p.m., and help prepare a meal for Victory House for Monday. If you can’t help cook the meal, help serve it from 4:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6.

· Second Mile Friends: Cedar Crest College and Muhlenberg College are working together to run Second Mile Friends, a mentor program for underprivileged children in the local Allentown area. Volunteers meet once a month at Muhlenberg College to participate in a themed activity. The last date for the fall semester is Sunday, Dec. 5, from 3-5 p.m.

· Cityspace Craft Night: If you like children, as well as crafts and games, join the Lutz Center for Community Service at Cityspace in Allentown on Wednesday, Dec. 8, (time TBD).

· Miller-Keystone Blood Drive: On Thursday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tompkins College Center 1867 Room. Appointments can be made and walk-ins will be accepted all day.

· Peaceable Kingdom Dog Walking: Do you enjoy spending time with animals? Then help out at Peaceable Kingdom by walking dogs on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

· Craft Night: Make holiday crafts with elderly residents of Phoebe Terrace on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 7-8:15 p.m.

· Feel Good Friday—Teen Nights at Camelot: Volunteers are needed to assist at Camelot for Children Teen Night on Friday, Dec. 10.

· Liberty Bell Shrine Museum—Pip the Mouse Christmas Show: Serve as an usher for this show on Saturday Dec. 11, from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· Christmas City Classic Five Miler: The YMCA in Bethlehem is hosting the 2010 Christmas City Classic 5 Miler on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m., and Cedar Crest encourages your participation. Pre-registration (by 12/5) is required. To register please visit the website peakrace.com/ccc5miler and click on the register tab.

· Holiday Boutique at Atria/Bethlehem: Volunteer at Atria Senior Living in Bethlehem on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 1-4:30 p.m., where helpers will be making holidays crafts, wrapping presents, and helping the residents with their in-house holiday shopping.

· Education Club Book Drive: Through Monday, Dec. 13, you can give the gift of a new or gently used book to a child in the Allentown area. The Education Club will be collecting books on the second floor of the TCC. All age ranges of books are needed.

· Eyer Middle School Angel Network: Join members of Kappa Delta Pi as they support the Eyer Middle School Angel Network through Dec. 13. Kappa Delta Pi will be collecting donated gifts of food baskets, gift cards and practical items to give to middle school students. For information, contact Allison Fritchman at allisonfritchman@gmail.com or by phone at 610-217-9094.

· P.A.C.T. Winter Holiday Party: P.A.C.T. (Parents And Children Together Program) is looking for volunteers to help serve food and participate in games and activities with the children on Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· Roosevelt Elementary School Book Blast!: One of Roosevelt Elementary School’s family literacy events, Book Blast!, has blossomed into a project with over 100 students and family members. Volunteers would be in a room with one of the Roosevelt Elementary School teachers on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 5:45-8:15 p.m., where they would read and make crafts with students.

· Bingo at Kirkland Village: Play bingo with the residents at Kirkland Village, and help transport them to and from their rooms, on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Transportation is provided for many of these volunteer activities. For information, look for an information table in Tompkins College Center through Dec. 13, call ext. 3438., or send e-mail to service@cedarcrest.edu.