By Marissa Knabe
November 15, 2012
If you plan on doing any community service during your years at Lock Haven, MountainServe Office for Community Service is the place to go.
Community service is all about making a difference in the world “while learning, traveling and having adventures that will be remembered for a lifetime,” reads MountainServe’s brochure.
New director Lauren Wright explains some of the services that MountainServe provides: “[MountainServe] offers information to the LHU community about specific short-term and long term community service options within Clinton County, Alternative School Break Projects that focus on community service, service learning information for course development, outreach presentations about our programs to LHU classes, and a service program for full time qualified LHU students to serve with AmeriCorps Fellows and AmeriCorps Scholars.”
“For me, getting involved in community service is something that I have always wanted to do, and the MountainServe office gave me the opportunities that I needed to get involved,” Rickie Lucas, a MountainServe student worker, said.
There are many opportunities for volunteering at Lock Haven. Students can participate in walks, clean ups, supply drives, sleep outs, community programs around the town, and many more. Coming up in November students can help with making holiday cards for soldiers, assist in collecting items for a Hurricane Sandy supply drive, and participate in an AIDS walk.
Community service can turn out to be one of the most rewarding parts of life. Morgan Cummings, a MountainServe student worker and Former AmeriCorps Scholar realized her passion for life in service because of working in the MountainServe office as well as at the Lock Haven Area YMCA.
“My Americorps experience was one of the most important and valuable experiences that I have had while at Lock Haven. It has helped me to discover my career goal, which is to be a director at a nonprofit, and it has led me to develop connections with community members, professors, and other students,” Cummings said.
Junior Allison Fritts has helped out with different service projects and especially enjoys the river and road cleanups.
“I love doing the environmental clean ups because it’s a good way to appreciate the environment and it’s also a great way to get to know other people,” Fritts said.
If a student wants to help out with service and take an adventure away from Lock Haven, different service trips are always being planned. Cummings is planning a service trip to Point Pleasant, NJ to aid with disaster relief along the coast after Hurricane Sandy. She also participated in last year’s spring break service trip to Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Dr. Amy Way, a professor at the Clearfield campus took 15 students to Morocco where they compared the healthcare system of the United States to that of Morocco. The students stayed with families in a village and put together programs to teach the residents the issues of proper hygiene and nutrition.
Wright welcomes all students who want to get involved and start making a difference to the MountainServe Office for Community Service.
“At the office you can learn more about community service events you can attend, join the Outreach for Humanity Club, join the AmeriCorps Scholars Program, attend one of the alternative break trips, and work with the office to create a community service project you may be interested in starting,” she said.
You can stop in at Raub 103 between 8-4 on weekdays to receive more information.
Marissa Knabe is a junior majoring in communication. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.