History

1960-69

The Lafayette College Church is active in the community through the Dock St. Mission. A car and later, a van, are purchased for transporting students to community programs.

1970-79

Community service is very limited. A few students serve as reading tutors and the Association of Black Collegians runs the Black Children Can program.

1983-84

Catholic Chaplain Fr. Thomas Hagan O.S.F.S. forms the Soup Kitchen, Prison Tutoring Program, and the Adopt-a-Grandparent program.

1984-85

The Chaplain’s Office begins to catalog opportunities for volunteers in the community.

1985-86

Lafayette becomes one of the first 60 colleges to join the Project for Public and Community Service (later to become Campus Compact).

Fr. Hagan begins the Haiti program, taking students to that country during school breaks.

There are 10 volunteer opportunities available to students and an estimated 150 students who do volunteer work.

1986-87

The first student is hired as a volunteer coordinator working in the Chaplain’s Office. A volunteer program with the Children’s Home of Easton begins.

Lafayette becomes a founding member of the Pennsylvania Campus Compact.

An estimated 175 students are involved in sustained volunteer efforts.

1987-88

A tutoring program with the Boys and Girls Club of Easton begins.  The first workshop for Greek organization philanthropy chairs is held.

An estimated 200 students are involved in sustained volunteer efforts.

1988-89

Students from the Hands Together program (formerly Haiti program) open a roving shelter for the homeless, housed at first in college facilities and later in area churches.

Five students are hired through the Federal Work Study program to coordinate volunteer activities, and a second van is purchased for use by the Chaplain’s Office for outreach programs.

The first service learning course, “From Generosity to Justice,” is taught by the Chaplain.

A snapshot survey of one week of volunteer activity found that 213 students volunteered in 15 programs.

1989-90

A community group organizes the Safe Harbor Easton homeless shelter while the students from Hands Together continue to operate a roving shelter during the winter months.

Lafayette participates with other Lehigh Valley colleges in sponsoring a student conference on homelessness.

1990-91

The Spring Garden School campus program is begun.

Campus Community Connection, a newsletter about volunteer efforts, is first published.

Lafayette is awarded a $6,000 grant from the Committee on Higher Education of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to hire a part-time coordinator for community service programs.

Seven work-study students now coordinate volunteer programs.  An estimated 250-300 students volunteer.

1991-92

Susan Ruggles begins her work as Community Outreach Coordinator, funded part-time through the Presbyterian Church grant.

The Community Outreach Center is located in the newly constructed Farinon College Center.

Chaplain Miller and Professor Mary Beckman are awarded a grant from Pennsylvania Campus Compact to organize workshops for Lafayette faculty on integrating service into the curriculum.

Five student staff members work in the Community Outreach Center.

1992-93

Lafayette is awarded a $20,000 grant in the first of a three-year commitment from the federal ACTION program to expand the activities of the Community Outreach Center. Susan Ruggles becomes a full-time employee. A College-Community Outreach Advisory Board is formed.

New programs include Learning in Friendship Together (LIFT), a mentoring program with fourth graders at March School, and Pillars for Single Parents, supporting single parents with childcare, tutoring, etc.

The first Alternative School Break trip is organized, although the team has cannot leave Easton because a blizzard prevents travel to Florida.

A first-year seminar incorporating volunteer experience is taught for the first time.

Complete logging of hours is kept and shows 549 students participating in service activities totaling 9,198 hours. Eight student staff members work for the Outreach Center.

1993-94

The Class of ’69 makes a $200,000 gift to the endowment of the Outreach Center as its 25th reunion gift to the college.

The Alternative School Break Club forms and sponsors a spring break trip to Honduras.

Colleen Dayton ’94, a three-year member of the Outreach Center staff, is chosen as the winner of the Pepper Prize.

Service activities include 593 students and a total of 11,973 hours.  Seventeen student staff members work for the Outreach Center.

1994-95

The Corporation for National Service assumes responsibility for ACTION and the grant becomes a Learn and Serve, Higher Education grant.

Lafayette is awarded an AmeriCorps grant from the Pennsylvania Campus Compact. Seth Brogadir, Christy Seed, and Jessica Wolfson, all Class of ’97, are selected as Pennsylvania Service Scholars. They found the Kids in the Community program at two public housing sites in Easton.

The AIDS Education program begins, offering programs in local high schools and other sites.

The Alternative School Break club sponsors spring break trips to Kentucky and Honduras.

Service activities include 694 students and a total of 14,321 hours. The Outreach Center staff numbers 18, including the AmeriCorps members.

1995-96

The Union Pacific Foundation grants $100,000 to the college for the Community Outreach Center endowment. Half of this amount comes in the form of a challenge grant to match alumni gifts in the additional amount of $100,000.

The first Kids in the Community Day Camp is held in August, staffed in part by first-year students who are enrolled in a pre-orientation experience. The Spanish Club program is formed offering after-school activities for elementary school children.

Service activities include 757 students and a total of 18,777 hours. The Outreach Center staff numbers 18, including the AmeriCorps members.

1996-97

Lafayette is awarded a grant from the Easton Housing Authority to continue and expand the Kids in the Community program. The Union Pacific Challenge is met, with $100,000 in gifts and pledges from alumni.

The Green Club program begins offering environmental education programs to elementary schools.

The Alternative School Break club sponsors its first Interim session trip to Alabama in January and spring break trips to Honduras and Memphis.

Service activities include 777 students and a total of 31,420 hours. The Outreach Center staff numbers 21, including the AmeriCorps members.

1997-98

Having accepted President Clinton’s America Reads Challenge, Lafayette sets aside federal work study money to hire students as reading tutors in local elementary and preschools and after-school tutoring programs.  Forty-eight students are hired, trained, and begin their work in the fall semester.

Lafayette receives an AmeriCorps awards program through which students who complete 300 hours of community service will receive educational vouchers for higher education costs or student loan reduction.  Twenty-five students are selected in the first AmeriCorps class.

The Alternative School Break club plans four trips this year: South Carolina in January; North Carolina, Kentucky, and Honduras during spring break.

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Landis Community Outreach Center
120 Farinon College Center
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 330.5553
Fax: 610.330.5560
outreach@lafayette.edu

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