Center for Leadership
If you are interested in any of the following opportunities, please stop by the Center for Leadership and Service in the Haupert Union Building (HUB). Additionally, you can e-mail the Center for Leadership and Service or the appropriate student coordinator listed below for more information. Take a look at our map of volunteer sites.
- New Bethany Ministries
- Emergency Homeless Shelter Program
- Community Feast
- Sharing Knowledge and Volunteering at Moravian Village
- The Learning Connection (TLC) Mentoring Program
Beginning in 2012-2013, the Center for Leadership and Service will partner with William Penn Elementary School and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley to form a school-based mentoring program. College mentors will meet with their mentees weekly for 30-60 minutes throughout the academic year. If you are interested in learning about this and other mentoring programs in the Bethlehem area, please contact Mary Petrik, Mentoring Programs Student Coordinator.
The goal of this program is to reach out to New Bethany Ministries, a local food bank, soup kitchen and homeless shelter on the South Side of Bethlehem. Volunteers assist in various functions at the food bank every week. Please contact Margaret DeOliveira, New Bethany Ministries Student Coordinator, for more information.
The College Hill Moravian Church has recently joined several other area churches in coordinating an emergency homeless shelter to assist the homeless within our Bethlehem community. Student volunteers are needed to help with dinner and overnight shifts at the College Hill Moravian Church. During their time at the shelter, student volunteers provide homeless men and women with fellowship and companionship.
Training courses are provided in the fall to help students prepare for service at the emergency shelter and answer questions. This is a truly exciting opportunity to help those in need in our own community. For more information, please contact the Special Events Coordinator, Kate Cohen.
This event is supported through the Center for Leadership and Service. As an honored tradition every year, Moravian College and the Cathedral Church of the Nativity come together to provide a hot holiday meal, crafts, and gifts for underprivileged families in the Bethlehem area.
Organized with a student coordinator, this event enables the Moravian College community to be in direct contact and work along with local Bethlehem social service agencies. Tickets to the holiday luncheon are distributed to needy families in the community by New Bethany Ministries, Victory House, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fountain Hill Elementary School Family Center, Fowler Family Center, Turning Point, and Clearview Elementary School Family Center.
Moravian College continues its partnership with social services agencies to provide outreach to residents of Bethlehem that would benefit from some holiday spirit and a nutritious hot meal. Cathedral Church provides the site and Moravian College provides the food and volunteers for the lunch. Moravian College volunteers set up, serve food, greet guests, entertain, and interact with guests and their children.
Please contact Kate Cohen, Special Events Coordinator, for more information.
Sharing Knowledge is a new program, which has been developed to give students an opportunity to take their Moravian College liberal arts education into the community. Students give a 20 minute educational presentation on a topic they choose to residents at Moravian Village Retirement Community, followed by some time for social interaction. This gives students an opportunity to practice public speaking for a general audience and a chance to demonstrate their knowledge outside of academia. Additionally, students can choose to volunteer to assist with resident activities at Moravian Village. For more information, please e-mail the Sharing Knowledge and Moravian Village Volunteer Student Coordinator, Sasha Halasz.
The 2011-2012 academic year was the final year for the TLC program. TLC was a school-based mentoring program that matched Moravian students with elementary children and their families for a lasting connection of friendship and guidance.
The fourth and fifth grade children were selected by the Bethlehem Area School district on the basis of social and academic need. Mentors met with their mentee weekly at the elementary school providing support, counsel, friendship, positive reinforcement, and guidance. Monthly Saturday events were held on campus or in the local community for the mentors, the children, and their families. These sessions reinforced educational efforts for parents and children and/or provided opportunities for the families to participate in special community events of service and culture.To read more about the 13 years of the TLC program, please click here.
Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please e-mail Katie Dantsin, or call 610-861-1498.