Community and Civic Engagement Annual Events

MLK Days of Service

The MLK Days of Service are all about giving back to the community and remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work. You can volunteer to help with the collection of goods brought in by the community, the collection of eWaste, and shredding documents. The collected goods will go to area non profits such as Habitat for Humanity, Cradles to Crayons, the SPCA, Impact! Thrift, New Life Thrift, Whosoever Thrift, Baby Bureau, Philabundance, Shoe Recycling, Philadelphia Reads, and Simply Equal Education. EWaste is any type of electronic device that people would otherwise throw out that you can help to dispose of in an ethical way. This opportunity is a wonderful way to be involved and to bring the community closer together.

Dr. Seuss Day

Dr. Seuss Day is a celebration of reading and all the wonderful books of Dr. Seuss. Children from our local community come to have a fun day with student volunteers like you! You can be involved by volunteering for one of the stations like storytelling, face painting, bingo, freeze dance, juggling, button making, and cake decorating! This is a great opportunity to be involved with children and the excitement of reading.

This event was established in memory of Jami Rodriguez, an Arcadia alumna. The event benefits the Jami Rodriguez Scholarship, which recognizes current full-time undergraduates who have made contributions to campus life through dedication to community service.

Alternative Spring Break

Beginning in the spring of 2004, Arcadia University's Community and Civic Engagement Center began the tradition of Alternative Spring Break. These trips will  give you a chance to lend to areas in need, become immersed in a different culture, and make long lasting connections. From our humble beginnings of a group of five traveling to Florida, ASB has grown to taking approximately forty people annually across the country and beyond. Past destinations include: Tijuana, Mexico; Jean Lafitte, Boothsville, New Orleans and LaPlace, Louisiana; and Tallahassee, Immokalee and Leesburg, Florida. Each trip serves a different need, from disaster relief to community building, but each is a powerful testament to how a few individuals can make a difference. 

Community Flea Market

At our Spring and Fall Flea Markets, vendors from around the area set up a wide variety of goods to sell in the parking lots behind Boyer Hall and the Kuch Center. The campus and surrounding community are invited to visit each stall to shop around. It is a convenient stop whether you are looking to clean out your attic or for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Come browse through the market, spend/make a little cash, and enjoy some refreshments! 

End of the Year Collection

Don't need it? Don't want it? Donate it! We collect nearly all of the items that you can’t bring back with you at the end of the year. Year-end collection items include: rugs, furniture, appliances, bookshelves, canned goods, pots and pans, curtains, phones, toiletries. Everything donated in good condition goes to the Salvation Army.

New Student Orientation Day of Service

The Community and Civic Engagement Center develops and secures sites for New Student Orientation Day of Service. Through three months of preparation, we welcome first year students by engaging them in their new community before classes even begin! On Monday, August 29, 2016, 470 first year and transfer students volunteered for a total of 1367 hours at 26 different service sites in the Philadelphia area. From working at thrift stores and cleaning local parks to packaging meals and assisting in kitchens, students lay foundations for organizations and projects that we support throughout the year.

Empty Bowl Benefit

The Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner is one of the most important community service programs the University hosts. It brings together the surrounding community with our campus community and benefits those affected by hunger and homelessness. You can be involved with Empty Bowl at all stages of the process, from making and glazing bowls to chowing down the day of! During the dinner, you’ll pick your bowl from a selection of 900 handcrafted pieces and fill it with soup donated from local restaurants. After your meal, the bowl comes with you to serve as a reminder for those who go without. The profits raised are donated to two organizations: Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, a local agency that provides temporary shelter and food to families, and The Hunger Project, which promotes hunger relief and economic stability through improved agricultural techniques world-wide.

Operation Holiday

Operation Holiday offers the opportunity for you to donate items from food to clothing and games to help families in need throughout the Philadelphia area. We work with Little Brother-Friends of the Elderly, Lakeside Educational Network, Montgomery County O.I.C., Precious Gems Supportive Services to collect items for the holidays. You also have the opportunity to volunteer with many organizations like RSVP of Montgomery County, Sunrise of Dresher, Philabundance, Drueding Center, and Magee Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia to help with their special holiday events.