Programs

For more information on the following Community Service programs, please contact Linda Litzinger at llitzing@allegheny.edu, x5318, or visit us in ACCEL in Reis Hall.

Day-long Service Events:

Make a Difference Day – Usually the 3rd Saturday in October
Join over 700 Allegheny students and 700 community members to complete over 125 projects in the local community. Projects range from raking leaves to building wheelchair ramps! Gather a group to create a team, and look for registration opportunities in ACCEL.

Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive – November
This day-long drive-through food drive collects tons (literally!) of food and thousands of in cash donations to benefit two local food pantries. Volunteers are needed in one or two hour shifts to collect, sort, weigh and pack donations. Call the Office of Community Service at x5318 for more information.

Senior Citizen Recognition Day – April
Elderly residents of Meadville come to campus to take classes for the day in the spring semester. Faculty open their classes to our guests and help incorporate the elderly into the classroom experience. Students help orchestrate the day’s events and welcome seniors to campus. Contact the office of Community Service at x5318 for more information.

Service Saturdays
One Saturday morning each month (breakfast provided), students gather to meet the needs of the Meadville community. They take on tasks like raking, painting, visiting elderly, working with animals and doing home repair projects. For more information contact the office of Community Service at x5318.

Getting Involved:

Alternative Spring Break – March
“ASB” trips are week-long, issue-focused trips in March that give students service experiences in other parts of the country.   (More than 60 students participate yearly.  Many students return to campus wanting to continue their services experiences by serving in the Meadville Community). Students have worked with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, VIVE La Casa, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  (They have traveled from as far north as Vermont to as far south as New Orleans. Look for this year’s list this spring!)

Clearinghouse of Immediate Needs – Local agencies and individual community members call in with service needs that can be filled by Allegheny students. Examples include helping a disabled person move, running a chess club at an elementary school, tutoring children and adults, and assisting agencies with special events. An email with current needs is sent out to potential volunteers once per week. Email clearing@allegheny.edu for more information.

Computer Literacy Program – This program is based out of the Gill Village Housing Development computer center, made possible by a grant from Pennsylvania Campus Compact. 15 college tutors work in a one-on-one situation with children in grades 3-6, each tutoring two children for two afternoons each week. College students receive financial compensation for their involvement in the program.

Meadville Community Soup Kitchen – Allegheny sends a team of volunteers to assist at the soup kitchen, located in Stone Methodist Church, each weekday during lunchtime. Volunteers relieve the morning volunteers in the serving line, wash dishes, clean the kitchen and dining room, and eat with volunteers and consumers at the site.

Service Leadership Positions

Bonner Program
Bonner Leaders work with a local agency for 2 years at a 900 hour commitment or 300 hours during the summer. They are part of the national AmeriCorps program, receive financial compensation for their commitment (8-10 hours/week during the school year) and participate in a leadership development training series. The Bonner Scholars program follows a similar framework, throughout a 4-year period. For more information contact Bonner Program Coordinator Jamie Williams through email or at x5318.

Allegheny Service Leader Program
Over 25 student leaders are matched with an agency of their choice, plan programs for their agency, and recruit Allegheny volunteers to become involved. Time commitments are usually 2-5 hours per week. For more information contact Dave Roncolato through email or at x5318.

Davies Leader Program
Allegheny students are partnered with a local non-profit agency in Meadville. The goal of the program is to create a lasting impact on the community by completing a project that encourages students to become involved in their local community. Davies Leaders work for 8-10 hours/week during the school year and/or summer in this compensated program. For more information contact the office of Community Service at x5318, or visit the program’s website.