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Bethlehem, Pa., September 9, 2009— Now entering its fifth year, the Community Grants Program sponsored by the Leadership Center at Moravian College has funded nearly 50 community service and service learning projects. The goal of this grant program is to create meaningful collaborations between the college and the local community that will impact student learning and development.
The Leadership Center is interested in initiatives that bring together Moravian College and the local community in a way that demonstrates mutual benefits. “Many faculty and students are currently engaged with the local community,” said Michelle E. Schmidt, associate professor and director of academic leadership programs.”This funding opportunity will provide financial support (up to $250) to those who could enhance their work with funding or to those who wish to establish a new College-community connection.”
The proposal for a community grant must be made by a student-faculty or student-administrative staff team that has already sought cooperation from a community partner (e.g., nonprofit, school, church, neighborhood association, hospital). The project may be ongoing or may be a one-time workshop, event, or activity that includes three partners: (1) at least 2 students, (2) at least 1 faculty member or administrative staff person, and (3) a community partner or organization.
To date, multiple academic departments, the study abroad program, and Multicultural Affairs Office have been involved in these community-based projects. Community partnerships have included: Bethlehem, Saucon Valley, Souderton, Parkland, and Emmaus Area Schools; KidsPeace; the Latino Leadership Alliance and the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley; Lehigh Valley Black Educators; the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem; Moravian Village; Northampton County Area Agency on Aging; Beginning Over Foundation; Pennsylvania Youth Theatre; the Susan G. Komen Foundation; and the Am Haskalah Congregation in Allentown.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.