A Pathway to Service eNewsletter

A Pathway to Service

October 22, 2011   

Editor's Note

Service comes in many different forms and the definition may vary from person to person. Whether you are volunteering at Abbe Hall or Victory house, one type of service is not necessarily better than the other because each meets a different community need. We try to offer programs that are meaningful and it is important to recognize that every person can do their part in making our community a better place to live and learn. Take advantage of opportunities to help others and sign up for some of our programs!

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

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: SERVE Trips Applications Due

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.

Application Deadlines

    Spring Site Leader Application Due: November 22nd at 4:45pm

    Spring Participant Application Due: November 30th at 4:45pm

Upcoming Volunteer opportunities for you

Blood Drive 11/29/11 - 11/30/11


    The second blood drive of the semester will take place on November 29th and 30th from 9:00AM-5:00PM in the Ulrich Student Center. Donation is quick and easy, and takes about 45 minutes. Visit the website below to sign up online. Donate blood and help save a life!



Holiday Hope Chest

Would your group or organization like to provide gifts for South Bethlehem children in need this holiday season? We invite you to take part in the Holiday Hope Chest program. In coalition with the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, we hope to fill over 150 gift boxes for children in our area. If your group would like to participate, please email inserve@lehigh.edu with how many boxes you will be able to create! We will then provide you with the first names, ages and genders of the children who will be receiving your Holiday Hope Chests. We ask groups to fill shoeboxes with new items appropriate for the age and gender of the recipient. Your contributions make a tremendous difference to South Bethlehem families in need. We look forward to hearing from you!

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 11/18. 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

Broughal Bowling - Volunteers Needed 11/18/11

The Community Service Office is excited to announce that the first Broughal Bowling trip was a huge success! The second trip will be on November 18th,Friday from 5:00PM to 8:00PM! This is the last Broughal Bowling trip for the semester so do not miss your chance to sign up. Spots are available for volunteers to join Broughal Middle School students on our trip (transportation provided) to Town and Country Lanes to enjoy an evening filled with bowling and creative connections to state math standards.

Volunteers will bowl, supervise a small group of middle school students, and help students complete bowling related math problems. If you are interested in signing up, please email inserve@lehigh.edu. Sign up quickly before all our spots are filled!


Donegan Elementary School Looking for Volunteers

Interested in getting involved with children, doing community service, and gaining teaching experience? Due to a complete loss of funding for after school programming, Donegan Elementary School is looking for volunteers to run and assist with after school programs. Volunteers can be individuals, groups, clubs, or organizations. Your task would be to plan and implement an after school program on a weekly basis. Programs can be based on volunteers' skills and interests. We are seeking a wide array of programs to provide enrichment and life experiences for the elementary school students!

If interested, please contact Brittany Fisher at 610-332-6428 or blf211@lehigh.edu.

$5,000 Percy Hughes Award Nominations Due 12/1/11

$5,000 Percy Hughes Award for Scholarship, Humanity, and Social Change- DUE DEC. 1!!!

The Percy Hughes award honors those individuals who work towards implementing big, transformative ideas in the local, national, and world communities with grace, tenacity, and devotion. For example, Percy Hughes made a continuous effort to bring co-education to Lehigh University starting in 1918. The Percy Hughes Award recognizes those who advance Lehigh University's culture of addressing the world's most pressing challenges with sleeves rolled up and an orientation towards real world issues. The award recipients are leaders who not only foster Lehigh's historic educational mission, values, and core beliefs but also push Lehigh in new directions and heights of excellence. Awardees will receive $5,000, in which half will be donated to a charity of their choice, and have their names engraved on the Percy Hughes Award plaque.

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE: DECEMBER 1, 2011 and the recipient will be announced during the MLK week awards ceremony on Thursday, January 19, 2012!!!

For more information on the award and to submit an online nomination form to Percy Hughes Award https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/lehigh.edu/viewform?formkey=dDFEYjUxRk5kS 0x5a3Q2ZjFXMUpaV3c6MQ

Volunteering for the Homeless

For 17 weeks from December through the end of March, there will be housing at 12 churches throughout the Bethlehem area for the homeless. We need people willing to stay overnight ,approximately 7PM-7AM,Sunday through Saturday.There will be a need for this at most of the churches. Dinners and Breakfast will be served. We also need Volunteers for driving the homeless to the different church locations.

Any help will be appreciated and for more information please contact Gail Sakovics at sako1954@aol.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

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