A Pathway to Service eNewsletter

A Pathway to Service

October 22, 2011   

Editor's Note

The first critical element of service is community voice. All of the programs we offer through our office are meaningful because we take the time to listen to the needs of our community. This critical element is essential if we are to build bridges, make positive social change, and solve problems in our area.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill

As always, feel free to e-mail us at inserve@lehigh.edu if you have any questions, or would like to get involved!

In Service,
Dan Coviello

Spotlight: Livin' La Vida Lehigh

The Community Service Office is looking for volunteers for its annual middle school program, Livin' La Vida Lehigh. The program will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 10:00 AM- 4:00PM. We will have a mandatory meeting at 9:30 AM on the day of the program and will need to stay for the duration of the program. Volunteers will be teamed up with a middle school student as we walk around campus going to the bookstore, dining hall, library, and other places on campus.

The program's purpose is to show middle school students a day in the life of a college student, inspiring them to think about applying for college in the future.

If you are interested or would like more information, please e-mail inserve@lehigh.edu with subject: LLVL Volunteer

SpringSERVE

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Are you interested in spending your Spring break doing something fun yet meaningful? Would you like to meet new people and travel outside of the Bethlehem community to engage in service activities around the country? If so, you should consider applying for springSERVE 2011!

This spring, the Community Service Office will sponsor 4 different trips across the United States during spring break from March 3th-11th. The different locations are as follows:

1. The Fowler Center – Mayville, MI
2. Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA
3. Appalachian South Folklife Center – Pipestem, WV
4. Habitat for Humanity – Bloomington, IN

If you are interested in applying, please click the link below to fill out an application. If you would like more information about any of the programs, please contact Sam at inbreak@lehigh.edu or visit SERVE Trip Web Site   |   http://www.lehigh.edu/service/trips.shtml.

SERVE Info Sessions

We will be holding SERVE informational sessions to learn more about the program, the sites, and the application process. They will be held 10/25 at 7:10p in MG 113 and 10/26 at 5:30p in MG 260. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Upcoming Volunteer opportunities for you

Broughal Cooking Club

The Lehigh University Community Service Office is starting a new program at Broughal Middle School, and we want YOU to help out! Every Tuesday from 3:00-4:30, we're going to be teaching Broughal students about nutrition and the importance of making healthy food choices. So if you're interested in meeting some awesome kids and learning how to cook nutritious meals, you can sign up to volunteer any Tuesday starting November 1st. Email inserve@lehigh.edu for more information or to sign up!

Victory House

We have a number of trips to Victory House Men’s Shelter this semester. Trips generally last from 5-7pm and are a fun opportunity to exercise your creative culinary genius. The next trip will take place on 11/1 . To sign up now, e-mail inserve@lehigh.edu with the subject: Victory House because these trips fill up fast!

South Side Library Halloween Party

The South Side Library will be holding its Halloween Party on October 27th from 6:00-7:45. This is a great opportunity to volunteer and help out with the children. To sign up now e-mail inserve@lehigh.edu with the subject: Library Trip

Feel Good Friday

Each Friday the Community Service Office takes a group of volunteers to an on or off campus site for a service event. Potential events include going to Abbe Hall to work with senior citizens or to Volunteers of America where volunteers spend their time with kids in the Lehigh Valley. Trips generally last from 3-5pm, and this month they will take place on April 1st. This is a great opportunity to volunteer and brighten someone elses day. To sign up now e-mail inserve@lehigh.edu with the subject: Feel Good Friday

Hunger and Homelessness T-Shirts

Over 90% of kids in South Bethlehem are on free & reduced school lunches. With the national poverty rate over 14%, hunger and homelessness are real issues in not only our nation, but in our community. You have the power to change the social tragedies happening in your backyard.

For $15, you can make a difference. Proceeds from the shirt sales will go to organizations that help with hunger and homelessness issues in our community.

MULTIPLE T-SHIRT FORM
SINGLE T-SHIRT FORM

Announcements

$1,000 COE Equity & Community Initiative Grant

The College of Education (COE) Diversity Committee is currently accepting grant proposals for the fall 2011 semester. COE students, faculty, and staff are eligible for up to $1,000 to support projects that promote diversity and equity throughout the campus and beyond. Non-COE students are encouraged to collaborate and apply with current COE students.

Please contact mrc@lehigh.edu for application details!

PINK WEEK OCT. 24 to OCT. 28

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Come out and show your support for our philanthropy during Pink Week! There are so many different events, and not to mention free stuff to give away!

*MONDAY (Oct. 24) - WEDNESDAY (Oct. 26) 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come to UPPER UC and get your free Think Pink ribbon and shower cards to promote breast cancer awareness and education! Help us KISS AWAY CANCER while we hand out free hershey kisses with breast cancer facts...We are also selling THINK PINK BRACELETS and MEN IN PINK CALENDARS!

*THURSDAY (Oct. 27) 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
GOOSEY GANDER - OPEN LATE Eat at the Goosey Gander, which is open special hours from 4 PM UNTIL 7 PM, A percentage of the profits will go to the Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) foundation for breast cancer education and awareness.

*FRIDAY (Oct. 28) 4:10 p.m.
CAKE DECORATING - Sign up by emailing acg213@lehigh.edu Who doesn't love cake? Come decorate a cake during our ZTA Cake Decorating Contest on the UC Front Lawn. Teams of 4 or more and only $3 a person. Also, feel free to eat the cake after!

Break the Silence Applications

The Women's Center's gender violence prevention peer education group, Break the Silence, is currently accepting applications through October 31, 2011. Applications can be found on the Women's Center website under Break the Silence or at http://www.lehigh.edu/~inwnc/bts.html

Break the Silence Application

Any questions should be directed to Brooke DeSipio at bed4@lehigh.edu

The Vagina Monologues

As part of the global V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls, V-Day Lehigh will produce The Vagina Monologues as well as various education events this year.

    The Vagina Monologues is a play made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women relating to different aspects about the vagina and every monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, orgasm, love, rape, female genital mutilation, birth, orgasm, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. Typically a new monologue is added each year to highlight a current issue affecting women around the world.

    This year, the monologues at Lehigh will be held February 10-12, 2012. All proceeds will benefit Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley and the V-Day spotlight beneficiary. This year we aim to raise at least $20,000, so we welcome all involvement to help us reach this goal.

Remaining auditions for cast members will be held:
• Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-8PM in the Women's Center (UC 207)
• Wednesday, October 26, 6-7PM in the Women's Center (UC 207)

You can sign-up outside the Women's Center or online via this link:
SIGN-UP

We also welcome volunteers (called Bobs, after a character in the play) of any gender to help us throughout the V-Day campaign.

Want to know more about V-Day Lehigh or how you can get involved? Email producers Noelle Smart and Joelle Dorskind at luvaginamonologues@gmail.com

Northeast Ministry

Northeast Ministry is a social service non-profit organization that has been serving the needs of individuals living in the public housing development of Northeast Bethlehem for thirty years. Our primary focus is helping the children living in the Marvine Pembroke community reach their potential in life and break the cycle of dependence. We offer an afterschool program and a seven week summer program for the children in the development.

We are seeking a highly motivated student or students to assist with the following items;
• Setting up and overseeing our Social Media Program( updating website, setting up Facebook and twitter sites
• Research grants for funding sources
• Writing articles for newspapers
• Assisting with any needs of the Ministry

If interested please call Stephen Godbolt 610-691-3355 or email at Stephen_godbolt @ Verizon.net

News

PRESS RELEASE- Food Insecurity in the Lehigh Valley

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