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May 30, 2013 Central Penn partners with United Way

More than 100 students, faculty and staff model community service at five local organizations

On Friday, May 31, more than 100 Central Penn College students, faculty and staff from the college’s Summerdale campus will demonstrate their commitment to community service by volunteering at five local organizations. The college’s spring ‘Reach Out’ volunteer day is made possible through a partnership with the United Way of the Capital Region. Last year, Central Penn College was one of the largest groups to volunteer for the United Way’s annual Day of Caring volunteer event, so the two organizations teamed up to create a separate event–one especially for the students.

“Service is one of Central Penn’s core values, and gives students an opportunity to learn, grow, give back and gain social skills vital to life,” says Provost Janice Moore. “This Reach Out event with the United Way has attracted an incredible campus-wide response—and reminds students that the end purpose of education is to make this world a better place for others.”

Part of Central Penn’s mission is to prepare its graduates to become contributing members of society. From the fulfillment of service requirements for graduation, to faculty and staff members modeling service, Central Penn students take responsibility by giving back. Bachelor’s degree students must complete 50 hours of service, and associate degree students must complete 25.

“We’re pleased and proud to partner with Central Penn for this Reach Out event,” says Heidi Neuhaus, director of United Way’s Volunteer Center. “The volunteer hours provided by the students translate into real and tangible improvements for the participating non-profit organizations.”

During the Reach Out United Way event, volunteers will provide the following services:

  • Central PA Food Bank – Warehouse support, including sorting donated product, repackaging bulk items into individual family size portions (e.g. fresh baked goods, produce, rice and pasta), packing mixed grocery boxes, or packing ElderShare boxes for seniors.
  • Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association – Farm chores including cleaning/mucking stalls and buildings, weeding, mowing and possible outdoor painting.
  • Adventure Park – Outdoor cleaning and maintenance for this community park. Projects could include weeding, trash pick-up, painting, clearing trails and cleaning/powerwashing. 
  • Danzante Art Garden – Cutting grass, weeding, mulching, spreading gravel and other gardening projects. Possible indoor projects, depending upon weather.
  • United Way of the Capital Region – Indoor mailing projects to include folding, stuffing and stamping multiple mailings. 

Two more Central Penn College Reach Out events with other organizations are planned for the remainder of the year.

Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, now offering bachelor's and associate degrees in the fields of accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security, legal studies and organizational leadership. The college, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn’s most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 82.9 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.centralpenn.edu

United Way of the Capital Region’s mission is to help change lives in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. We do this by raising money through a community-wide campaign, identifying long-term and emerging needs, finding solutions to address those needs, and measuring results that show donors how their dollars are making a difference.