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Year ends with flurry of activities demonstrating care and support
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Moravian College is taking community service to new heights this fall. Moravian students have shown their unwavering dedication and passion for helping others throughout the fall semester.
Residence Life staff of Moravian College are working with the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley to generate Holiday Hope Chests for homeless/disadvantaged. For the second year, over 1,500 Holiday Hope Chests are being assembled, collected and delivered to the following agencies for distribution: Boys and Girls Clubs of Allentown and Bethlehem, Girls Club of Allentown, Turning Point, The Salvation Army of Allentown, New Bethany Ministries and Catholic Social Agency. Holiday Hope Chests are wrapped shoeboxes, filled with age appropriate stocking stuffer type goodies.
Since late August, Moravian students have been busy volunteering their time and helping both the campus and surrounding communities. During freshman orientation, approximately 300 new students were introduced to volunteerism by upperclassmen student leaders and Gamma Sigma (service sorority) when they “dressed” nearly 7,000 traditional Moravian Vesper candles used for this year’s services.
Campus community service organizations have also played a part in the helping and giving process. About 50 Moravian students are participating in the America Reads/America Counts program which helps elementary school children improve in reading, writing, and arithmetic. An additional 12 students are volunteering with community based agencies. This is the largest group of tutors and community-based volunteers in Moravian’s history.
The Learning Connection (TLC), Moravian’s unique mentoring program, is entering its fifth year of existence, matching 20 mentors with new fourth graders and welcoming back 5th graders and their mentors. Experienced mentors share their experiences and expertise with the newest members of the TLC family to continue the tradition of academic, social, and behavioral improvements for local children.
Campus Community Connection (C3) held “Boo at the Zoo” in October in honor of Halloween. Members dressed up and planned activities for visiting children at the Game Preserve. They also held a “Haunted Comenius Hall” for neighborhood children. Members are currently planning soup kitchen activities, and they run a blood donation campaign every other month (transportation provided). C# along with the TLC students also helped with the Holiday Hope Chests project.
Fraternities and sororities have also contributed to the community service of Moravian. Twenty-four art supply boxes were collected for Turning Point as part of the United Way Day of Caring. Delta Tau Delta (social fraternity) conducted a dry beruit tournament to raise money for a community building. Alpha Sigma Alpha (social sorority) participated at the Center City Ministries soup kitchen. It also collected items for deployed soldiers.
Residence halls are also joining the action. Residents of Jo Smith Residence Hall surpassed their goal of collecting 50 old cell phones and instead received 102 to donate to a local women’s shelter. The phones will be programmed with one number, 911, in case of an emergency.
Honor societies are getting involved as well. Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society, is sponsoring a Holiday Book Tree to benefit the Bethlehem YMCA Kids Kare Program. From December 1-12, a tree standing in the Haupert Union Building (HUB) will display envelopes containing book names and prices (all under $10). Donators will enclose the amount indicated on the envelope, and the money will be used to purchase the specified book.
Finally, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the Leadership Honor Society, is collecting school supplies for children in Iraq in response to a plea by U.S. Army Major Softy, 101st, and in honor of the late Chris Seifert, Moravian graduate and casualty of war.