September 20, 2016
More than 700 first-year students participated in volunteer efforts organized by Susquehanna University both in the central Susquehanna Valley and Washington, D.C.
Move-in weekend the end of August saw new students, faculty, staff and orientation team members give over 1,300 volunteer service hours across the central Susquehanna Valley for SU G.I.V.E. (Susquehanna University: Get Into Volunteer Experiences).
This year, volunteers were placed with more than 45 community organizations, including Dauntless Hook & Ladder Fire Company, East Snyder Community Garden, Girls on the Run, Grayson View Senior Living, Kidsgrove, Selinsgrove Projects Inc., Selinsgrove Senior Center and other locations.
"We hope that G.I.V.E. helps ignite a passion for service within our students and encourages them to get involved in our campus community as well as the Selinsgrove community," said Pamela Frontino, assistant director of Susquehanna's David '69 and Sharon Johnson Center for Civic Engagement.
Earlier in the summer, a select group of 12 first-year students embarked on a service-learning excursion to learn about the impact of homelessness.
During SU SPLASH (Students Promoting Leadership and Awareness in Serving the Homeless), students volunteer at local community organizations, such as Haven Ministries, a nonprofit shelter in Sunbury, Pa., and the HandUp Foundation in Milton, Pa., before traveling to Washington, D.C. In both locations, students participate in service-learning activities designed to teach them about the realities of homelessness.
"Susquehanna students have a passion for service, and SU SPLASH provides an opportunity for incoming students to get a head start on their journey at Susquehanna," Frontino said.
"Another major aspect of the program was Bread for the Journey, the portion of our D.C. trip where we distributed toiletries items and food to people experiencing homelessness," Frontino said. "Students collected donations from their hometowns before arriving at Susquehanna. We also engage in a significant amount of reflection and discussion about the causes and effects of homelessness."