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Susquehanna Sets Goal of 20,000 Service Hours in April

Published on March 25, 2013

Susquehanna University will hold a community day of service on April 13 during the second annual SU SERVE (Susquehanna Engaging in Regional Volunteer Experiences) initiative. Last year the Susquehanna community, including alumni and parents, surpassed the goal of performing 10,000 service hours in April by amassing a total of 17,145 hours in just one month.SU SERVE

The overwhelming success of the inaugural SU SERVE spurred the university to increase its goal this April to 20,000 hours of service. On April 13, students will volunteer at a variety of organizations throughout the Susquehanna Valley. Students can sign up by emailing volunteer@susqu.edu. Faculty and staff interested in participating can pledge their hours by going to www.susqu.edu/suserve. Alumni and parents are invited to visit campus on April 13 and work alongside students at the service sites.

SU SERVE participants can also pledge the volunteer hours they accrue throughout the month performing individual service in their communities. In addition, they can join service projects organized by Susquehanna’s seven regional alumni chapters, including several on April 13 to coincide with the campus day of service.

For example, the Central Pennsylvania Regional Alumni Chapter will work with Caitlin’s Smiles and Channel’s Food Rescues in Harrisburg, Pa., on April 13. The New England Regional Alumni Chapter will assist at a food pantry in Massachusetts and a YMCA camp in Connecticut. The Pittsburgh chapter will aid Habitat for Humanity, and the New Jersey chapter is working on a hurricane relief project in conjunction with Susquehanna’s Phi Mu Delta fraternity.

Service is central to Susquehanna’s mission of preparing students for lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world. The university has been recognized for its commitment to service by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Susquehanna has also been included in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2006 and its service programs have been honored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NAPSA). Service at Susquehanna is both local and global. Service-learning trips have taken students to New Orleans, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Peru, among other locations.

Susquehanna students often continue to serve their communities after graduation as well. SU SERVE is a way for the magnitude of that impact to be documented and shared. For more information on SU SERVE, visit www.susqu.edu/suserve.

Questions about the campus day of service can be directed to Jay Helmer, assistant director of residence life for civic engagement, at 570-372-4066 or helmer@susqu.edu.

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