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 and shredding documents. Arcadia University’s annual Martin Luther King Day of Service event has some important changes. This years new ‘Give & Shred’ event will be held Monday, January 20th on our campus from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. This opportunity is a wonderful way to be involved and to bring the community closer together.
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!
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.
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.
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 Rise Against Hunger, an international program which provides crisis response, nutritious meals, and empowerment initiatives to those affected by natural disasters and those in impoverished areas.
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.
The New Student Annual Day of Service engages new first year students in service projects in their new community before classes even begin! This past August, 502 students volunteered for a total of 2,026 hours at 24 different service sites in the Philadelphia area. From working at thrift stores and cleaning local parks to packaging meals and creating a garden for senior citizens, students lay foundations for organizations and projects that we support throughout the year.
In October, Arcadia held community drives to collect Ebola medical supplies. The drives, provided much-needed relief to rural regions of West Africa, were a collaboration between the Community Engagement Office and Fodeba Daboh ’11M, a graduate of Arcadia University’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program and a native of Sierra Leone. On Feb. 9, donations collected during the drives arrived in Sierra Leone. Daboh presented packages of personal protective equipment to Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Social Welfare.
Hundreds entered Grey Towers Castle to celebrate and enjoy Arcadia’s 21st Annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner on Nov. 17. Attendees selected handcrafted ceramic bowls made by Arcadia students, professional potters, and local elementary and high school students, filling them with delicious soups, breads, and desserts donated by local restaurants such as the Allways Cafe, Anne’s Kitchen Table, 211 York, and Panera Bread. The profits raised were donated to two organizations: Interfaith Hospitality Network, a group that operates family shelters in the Philadelphia area, and Heifer International, which works to increase sustainability in rural communities abroad by providing livestock. This year's event raised more than $13,000.
The MLK Day of Service is 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 Habitat for Humanity, Cradles to Crayons, the SPCA, New Life Thrift, Whosoever Thrift, and Lion's Club. E-waste 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.
Community Engagement celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday Grey Towers Castle with Dr. Seuss Day event on Sunday, Feb. 22. Children from the community accompanied by an adult came out to enjoy a fun-filled day of activities including bingo, face painting, button making, obstacle courses, memory games, and freeze dancing. 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.
On our annual Alternative Spring Break, 40 Arcadians traveled to New Iberia, Louisiana from March 15 to March 21. While there, students were able to interact with residents to help build a strong, healthy and prosperous rural community, on top of experiencing the local culture. We worked with the non-profit organization Southern Mutual Help and our projects included hydroponics and construction work. We had a great time getting our hands dirty!