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Community Service Opportunities

R. S. 68: Practical Justice: From Social Systems to Responsible Community

Service Site List: Below is a list of service sites in the Bethlehem community, most within walking distance of the Lehigh University Campus, that are recommended to you as you proceed to meet the "service" component of R. S. 68. This is not an comprehensive list of all opportunities available, but one that is designed specifically for Lehigh students in this course. If you plan an activity with an organization in the community not on this list, you should discuss this with the instructor.

Agencies below were given preference because of their proximity to campus.

Other materials available upon request from the Community Service Program Director: Carolina Hernandez, Telephone: 610-758-5445; E-mail: cah6@lehigh.edu

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1. Child Care/Supervision:

A Safe Start is a program run by the Fritz Memorial United Methodist Church at 303 W. Packer Ave. They need students to play games and "hang out" with elementary children before school. Volunteers needed 8:00 - 9:15 am weekdays (866-1515).

Head Start needs volunteers to help with 3-4 year old children in a free day care center for low-income children. There are two classes with about 20 children each located at St. Peter's Church across from Maginnes Hall. The classes are in session from 8:00 am until 2:30 pm. An orientation meeting is required but hours are extremely flexible and students can start at any time. Group opportunities are also available, particularly 1 hour recreation sessions (Mary Loungo at 691-1819 Ext. 58).

2. Tutoring and Mentoring:

Boys and Girls Club (Fritz Dr. location)* needs volunteers for after school and early evening tutoring sessions with children from elementary through high school (865-4241).

Holy Infancy is a school for K-8th graders looking for volunteers to tutor throughout the day and in their After Care Program. School hours run 8:30-3:00 and the after school 
program is 3:00-5:30. The first hour of the after school program is tutoring and the rest is recreation (868-2621).

Salvation Army After School Tutoring needs volunteers to tutor elementary school children 
5:00 - 6:00 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. A training session is mandatory (activities and transportation planned through the Community Service Center contact x84583).

Special Olympics needs volunteers to coach mentally challenged athletes in 17 different sports and to work at special events. Sports include swimming, gymnastics, bowling, skiing etc. Hours needed vary with sport. The organization is willing to transport interested volunteers to activities if needed (Office 954-0935).

STAR Program, run through the Lehigh Provost Office, needs students to volunteer in a mentoring/tutoring program which works with students at Broughal middle school. STAR participants meet as a group for various projects on alternating Saturdays. Students must submit an application at the beginning of the academic year. (Henry Odi at x84802).

Summerbridge is a long term mentoring/tutoring program working at the Broughal middle school and other local schools. This is a weekly commitment for after school (3:00 pm) tutoring sessions. Ultimately, the program is set up so that volunteers tutor the same students and form mentoring relationships. The program prefers students to begin at the start of the semester (865-8072).

South Bethlehem Schools: Help is needed in tutoring at Fountain Hill Elementary, Donegan Elementary, and Broughal Middle School.

3. Children's Centers/Organizations:

Centennial School* is a facility run in part by Lehigh University College of Education. Children who are either disruptive or have special needs are transferred to this school from the various local districts. There are a variety of needs at this school from tutoring to computer monitoring of the Internet. Opportunity for internships (266-6500 or e-mail insch@lehigh.edu).

Boys & Girls Club (Fritz Dr. or 4th St. site) need volunteers for their after school programs at both sites in Bethlehem, running from 3:00-10:00 pm Tuesday- Friday. Tutoring occurs in the early evening, recreation for the rest of the time. Opportunities for groups and individuals to "hang out", play basketball, and help run special programs.  (Fritz St.* 865-4341 or 4th St. 865-5141).

Easter Seals provides various opportunities for groups projects (telethon and crazy Olympics) also opportunity for individuals to give disability awareness programs for children. Some training is involved - students then go in groups of 2-3 to local elementary schools with a program including accessories for the children to try (child sized wheel chairs, walkers, etc.). (Activities and transportation provided through the Community Service Center - x84583).

Girls Inc.* is a center which provides after school and weekend activities for girls from k-12th grades. Groups or individual can plan their own projects or help out with scheduled events (866-7906).

Girl Scouts of the Lehigh Valley needs volunteers to act as assistant troop leaders - training available but not mandated. Volunteers can work with either troops (Brownies or Girl Scouts) or with groups (mixed ages). The groups tend to be in more need of additional support, many of these girls are also Hispanic and Latino so some Spanish is a plus. There are meetings immediately after school (usually 3:00 or 3:30) and in the evenings. Commitment level can be one meeting a week or one time events. This group is also looking for clubs or individuals with special interest/talents who might be willing to present to a group (791-2411).

4. Health Care:

AIDS Outreach* needs volunteers to provide physical and emotional support of HIV/AIDS infected persons and their families. Commitment to this program must be extensive and may be more appropriate for internships (435-8482).

Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center*(15 min) gives volunteers hands-on opportunities in the family health clinic, OR, and ER. Students are asked to give 3-4 hours a week for entire semester. An orientation will be held on campus at the beginning of the semester at which time car pooling can be arranged (For next orientation meeting contact the Community Service Center at x84583).

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center* is a home for severely disabled adults. There are opportunities for individuals to work as aids to physical and occupational therapists. Also, the facility can use help in transportation of residents for regular events and for holiday parties (776-3125).

Latino AIDS Outreach is a program of the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of the Lehigh Valley. It works primarily with individuals in the Latino community who have tested positive for the HIV virus. They also provide education and awareness to the Spanish speaking community at large. Volunteers are needed at special events and there is always a need for personal care items (861-6845).

Planned Parenthood is a center which provides family planning services and gynecological exams. Volunteers needed to help screen patients and manage lab slips. Requires extensive training and larger commitment, internship opportunities (694-0642).

St. Luke's Hospital needs volunteers to work in a wide range of hospital activities. There is a mandatory orientation meeting with additional training required later. Students must commit to at least 30 hours in any given semester (Contact the Community Service Center for next meeting).

5. Environment:

City of Bethlehem Recycling Program* needs volunteers to work in the center helping residents 
to recycle their refuse properly. Commitment level is flexible and the center is open 10:00 
a.m. - 5:00 pm weekdays and some hours on weekends (865-7082).

Wildlands Conservancy* needs volunteers for stream walks, water gravity testing and 
monitoring, sketch and map-making, photography, and library research (965-4397).

6. Homelessness/Poverty/Hunger:

Better Buy Boutique is a store is run through New Bethany Ministries on the corner of 3rd and Wyandotte streets. Volunteers are needed to run the shop on Saturdays 9:30-11:30. They are also looking for donations of clothing in good condition.

Center City Ministries needs workers for preparing and cleaning up after meals served in the center. Volunteers are also need for the hospitality shift 7:00-10:00 pm which encompasses answering phones welcoming and socializing with guests (691-3373).

New Bethany Ministries needs volunteers for painting and cleaning projects, children's activities, GED tutoring for adults (691-5602).

Habitat for Humanity* provides support to low income families who have purchased and are attempting to renovate their own home. Habitat also builds some new structures. This is an excellent opportunity for groups for a one day event, however, it may take Habitat several months to schedule sites. Groups interested in doing projects need to contact the agency several months in advance (776-7737).

Second Harvest Food Bank* needs groups to help sort donations to be distributed to food pantries throughout the Lehigh Valley (Tammy Walker Hobar 434-0875).

7. Senior Citizens:

Adopt-a-grandparent at the Cedarbrook annex is a weekly program run by the Community Service staff which matches students with "grandparents" (x84583). A similar program is also run through the Lehigh Newman Center (x84148).

The following organizations have opportunities for groups and individuals to help out with transportation, special events, visitation. Musical and other performance groups are also welcome.

Cedarbrook Nursing Home Fountain Hill annex* (691-6700)

Holy Family Manor* (865-5595 ext. 122) (Special relationship with Lehigh.)

Kirkland Village* (691-4500)

Westminister Village* (434-6245)

8. Criminal Justice:

Crime Victims Council* needs volunteers to work a 24 hour hotline for victims of violence (extensive training required - internship opportunity). They also have occasional group projects, such as assembling Kid Kits for children waiting in hospitals (437-6610).

District Court: Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzolas was able to use one student last year as an intern 
to help out over the course of the semester.

Northampton County Jail*: Opportunities available. See Dr. Steffen  for more information.