Community Service & Civic Engagement
Weekly & Monthly Programs
Programs are weekly unless otherwise noted.
Please click on programs that interest you for more information.
Art Days at Cleveland Elementary
424 N. 9th St., Allentown, PA (Old Allentown)
Varied locations throughout the Lehigh Valley
Caring Place Youth Development
931 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA (Downtown)
143 Linden St, Allentown, PA (1st Ward)
Community Bike Works
235 N. Madison St., Allentown, PA (West Park Area)
534 W. Chew St., Allentown, PA (Old Allentown)
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital: Pediatric Unit Storytelling & Art Cart
2855 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem, PA
IMPACT (inactive Fall 2012)
750 St. John St., Allentown, PA (South Allentown)
Jefferson Elementary Food Pantry (bi-weekly)
Jefferson: 750 St. John St., Allentown, PA (South Allentown)
NHCLV - Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley (inactive Fall 2012)
931 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA (Downtown)
Fridays at the Phoebe Home
1925 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA (Fairgrounds)
Shape It Up!
Allentown Health Bureau, 245 N. 6th St, Allentown, PA (Old Allentown)
South Mountain Middle School Service-learning Club
709 W. Emaus Ave. Allentown, PA (South Allentown)
The following clubs are recognized independent organizations that work in collaboration with the Office of Community Service & Civic Engagement.
Adopt-a-Grandparent Engages students and elders in inter-generational dialogue through interactive social events and continued conversation.
Enhances the lives of people with developmental disabilities through one-on-one friendships with college students.
Challah For Hunger
Ongoning philanthropic project benefiting AJWS efforts in Sudan and Daybreak.
Colleges Against Cancer
Seeks to increase community cancer awareness while fundraising and participating in advocacy work including the organization of an on campus Relay for Life
Dress Upon a Star
Strives to provide memorable formal dance experiences for students in the Allentown School District
Habitat for Humanity
Seeks to eliminate homelessness and substandard housing through affordable homeownership
S.H.A.R.E. (Students Have A Real Effect)
Seeks to pursue social justice through direct service, advocacy and education.
Social Justice Collaborative
Dedicated to creating lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice
These events & programs are sponsored through the Office of Community Service & Civic Engagement. They are annual events which mobilize large groups of student volunteers.
Pinebrook-Diakon Holiday Party
A campus-wide tradition for over 10 years , the Holiday Party is an annual celebration of foster children and their foster and adoptive families.
Get Out the Vote Election Day Activities
Election Cycle Dependent
Big for a Day
This event is held twice a semester.
Miller Keystone Blood Center
Jefferson Field Day
Jefferson Elementary School comes to Muhlenberg to participate in games and activities.
Dance for a Cause
Formal dance during November to benefit a local or national organizations, selected by the committee annually
Intensive Engagement Opportunities
The following are community engagement opportunities facilitated by the Office of Community Engagement and intentionally designed to engage students with reflection of what service means to them, its impacts and its challenges.
The Office of Community Service & Civic Engagement oversees a significant number of work-study students each year. In any given semester we might have between 20 and 30 students employed through our office working in a variety of capacities. Work-study students all have to select 1-2 community-based organizations with which they want to work on a weekly basis. Students also select various projects/programs run through our office on which they would like to work and participate as part of planning committees and leadership teams for these programs. Work-study students also assist with office duties as assigned.
Another pathway in the Work Study program through the Office of Community Engagement is involvement in America Reads. America Reads is a federal initiative that calls on college students to serve as reading tutors for children in their community. The program’s primary goal is to ensure that by third grade, every child is able to read independently on grade level. Since its inception in 1997, America Reads volunteers have been tackling literacy difficulties across the nation.
In efforts to join the literacy movement, Muhlenberg College has partnered with Roosevelt Elementary School to create a formal America Reads program. Muhlenberg College students volunteer as reading tutors and work one-on-one with Roosevelt Elementary School students to strengthen literacy. Volunteers provide academic support during class-time, and promote future education and career options through their interactions and conversations with elementary school students. Muhlenberg tutors must commit to volunteering on site for 3-5 hours every week for an entire school year and are placed in classrooms based on students’ schedules, teachers’ classroom schedules and transportation availability.
In addition to participating in the literacy movement, it is hoped that the program will provide Muhlenberg students with the opportunity to be intimately involved with Allentown Communities.
If you are interested in joining our student staff please contact Eveily Freeman (firstname.lastname@example.org) x3369. Hiring takes place at the start of each academic year. Applicants must be eligible to receive work study funds to be considered for the position.