Each August, the newest class at Susquehanna University participates in a proud service tradition: SU GIVE (Susquehanna University: Get Into Volunteer Experiences).
This event brings together first-year students, faculty, staff and orientation team members to complete volunteer service projects at locations throughout the central Susquehanna Valley.
"GIVE serves a threefold mission: to introduce new students to the Selinsgrove community, to provide a bonding experience for those students and to introduce them to the university's core ethic of service," says Jay Helmer, assistant director of residence life and civic engagement.
Each year, hundreds of volunteers help out at places like the Susquehanna Campus Garden, Far Point Animal Rescue, Grayson View Assisted Living, Haven Ministry, Kidsgrove, Mostly Mutts Dog Shelter, Sunbury YMCA, SUNCOM Industries, Susquehanna Children's Center and more.
"Although this is the only mandatory service requirement for students during their time here, we certainly hope that it won't be the last time our students give back," says Helmer. "We sincerely hope that they'll find many ways to get involved on campus and in the community during their time here."
"From my experience thus far working with the class of 2019, it seems that our new students are very eager to be a part of this community," said James Black, associate dean for student engagement and success and director of the Center for Academic Achievement.