A Pathway to Service eNewsletter

A Pathway to Service

October 4, 2011   

Editor's Note

At the Community Service Office of Lehigh University, our mission is to further develop our students, faculty and staff as active citizens who value and contribute to their community needs through meaningful action.


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: Hunger and Homlessness 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.

The Community Service Office is selling long sleeve T-shirts to support Hunger and Homelessness Awareness, which will be held from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21. For $10, you can make a difference. Proceeds from the shirt sales will go to organizations that help with hunger and homelessness issues in our community. Remember to wear your shirt on Thursday, October 20!


Upcoming Volunteer opportunities for you

Parents Night Out

The Community Service Office is excited to announce the first PNO of the semester on October 14th! There will be tons of fun and games, as always! PNO brings local kids on campus from low income families for a night of free food, fun, games, and great role models - that's YOU! The event runs from 5:15pm until around 9:15pm, and it's important that all volunteers stay for the entire time. The kids are already pumped to come on to campus and hang out, so you should be, too!

Email Karen at inserve@lehigh.edu for more information or to sign up!

Volunteer at Spooktacular

The Lehigh Community Service Office will be hosting our 10th Annual Spooktacular this fall on Sunday October 23, 2010. This program brings South Side kids onto campus for a day full of Halloween-themed fun! We are looking for individuals that are willing to volunteer and help lead small groups of children throughout the activities. If you are interested in helping out and would like more information about this amazing program please contact Matt Chu at inspook@lehigh.edu.


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 trips will take place on 10/6 and 10/12. To sign up now, e-mail inserve@lehigh.edu with the subject: Victory House because these trips fill up fast!

South Side Library Fiesta

The South Side Library will be holding its Fiesta Party on October 13th from 6:15-7:45. 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


Strykes For Tykes!

Strykes for Tykes! Benefit Bowling Tournament on October 12th from 9:30-11:30 at Town and Country Lanes. Each team can consist of 4-6 people. All proceeds go to benefit juvenile diabetes. One team $105; Two teams $180; Three teams $250. Contact Kelsey Kaplan or Jon Miramonti respectively at kek214@lehigh.edu or jmm313@lehigh.edu to register a team!

Kicks for a Cause

Haiti Dinner flyer

Kappa Alpha Theta and Psi Upsilon will be hosting an indoor soccer tournament to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) on Sunday 10/16/11 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm in Grace Hall. Teams of 5 will compete against each other and you will be able to sign up ahead of time on the website or on the day of the event for $25.


Helping Hands Across America

This year, Sodexo is continuing our mission of giving back to the communities we serve by implementing our company-wide Helping Hands Across America initiative. Lehigh Dining has worked with smaller shelters in South side Bethlehem in the past, but each year we do at least one main promotion to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley.

This year we will host the event indoors at Lamberton Hall, and we will be collecting donations throughout the day from 2pm-8pm. The event will kick off with music, food, and fun with friends. Around 4pm we will kick off the battle to stop hunger with a Battle of the Bands in which student groups will play throughout the afternoon. The band who brings in the most people to the event (to donate in their honor & vote for them) will win the grand prize. Throughout the day we will have Pepsi representing, and we will be giving away free stuff from the prize wheel. No matter how students participate...non-perishable food donations, cash donations, or mutual support, we want everyone to come support the cause to help fight hunger, all while kicking back and having a good time.

Our goal is to provide a generous donation to our community, to give a local sense of pride in our community and to educate the campus community on the importance of contributing while having fun! We hope everyone will do their part and contribute to the cause.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Kad307@lehigh.edu

College Mentors Needed!

Tabor Children’s Services is looking for college faculty and staff to volunteer to mentor adolescent foster youth through the college application process in the Lehigh Valley area. This could include SAT prep, help with essays, and financial aid guidance. These youth often have little or no family support. The time requirement is a few flexible hours a week and Tabor staff provides support throughout the process.

For more information please contact: Jillian Jackson, Mentoring Specialist @ 215.348.4071 x 250/jill.jackson@tabor.org.

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 highly motivate 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

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