Day of Service
We realize that everyone cannot always give time weekly to help out those in the local community. However, a day here, an hour there is possible. Therefore we have developed Days of Service. These are shorter term opportunities to explore and meet the most urgent of community needs. Students, faculty, and staff (plus their families) are invited to participate in these projects with our local community partners.
Day of Service are opportunties that take a few hours and help a community partner serve their cilentel. These are meeting the most urgent community needs and help participants potentially see the community in a new light.
Creek clean up provides a one-time opportunity for students to get involved
With constantly changing and new immering needs of our community partners, information is regularly shared through a list serve group. If you would like join this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In October, Dickinson teamed up with the United Way to host its 2nd Annual United Way Day of Caring. Faculty, staff and students dedicated their morning to give a hand to the Carlisle Theater by putting together props and getting the stage ready for the big Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Previous Days of Service
Furry Friends Network - Students assisted with preparation for the 5K fundraiser that supports animals that are in need of shelter and awaiting adoption.
Salvation Army Senior Center - Those that love to play video games had an opportunity to help run a Wii bowling tourtanment for the seniors at the Salvation Army. Teams competed against each other and prizes were awarded in this lunch time event in the spring semester.
Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Center - This centers specializes in the therapeutic benefits of children with special needs riding horses regularlly. Volunteers assisted with care of the facility, assisting with riders, and learning about this great opportunity outside of Harrisburg.
Kings Gap Clean-Up - Enjoying the beautiful fall weather, students joined community members to help clean up the nearby State Park area. Trails were cleaned, garbage collected, and preparations for the fall were in place at Kings Gap State Park after our volunteer efforts.
Giving Tree - Annually Dickinson College students and staff help provide gifts for the children at the Children's Home in Mechanicsburg. These 65 children are living in group homes, separated from their families for many reasons. Over 125 gifts were collected last year to help these children celebrate the holiday season.
Planting for Claremont Nursing Home - Earth Fest is a time to celebrate the outdoors and learn about ways to care for our surroundings. Volunteers extended the joy of the outdoors to our elderly friends at Claremont Nursing Home with decorated pots and beautiful spring flowers. 100 pots were delivered to celebrate Earth Day at Claremont.
Trail Mix Treats - Bags of trail mix and Easter cards were shared with the recipients of Project SHARE, the local foodbank. Students assembled the bags and made cards during an Open House weekend, involving current and future Dickinsonians.
Painting at Hope Station - A small group of volunteers were essential to help improve the bathrooms and hallways at Hope Station, a local agency for at-risk youth. A fresh coat of paint changed the atmosphere and brought life to these areas of this well-used agency near Dickinson's campus.