June 29, 2005

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Student volunteers at Bucknell University raised over $165,042 for local, national, and international organizations during the 2004-05 academic year through the I SERV 2 campaign.

"The I SERV 2 campaign encourages every Bucknell student to participate in at least two hours of service throughout the year," said Amy Badal, assistant dean of students. "Students contributed a reported 48,884 hours of community service to the local community.

"These figures have increased from last year where students contributed over $101,000 and 35,000 hours of service," said Badal. "This is wonderful news regarding community service and indicates the commitment our students have made to Lewisburg and the surrounding communities."

Community service projects at Bucknell are extremely varied, and include such projects as:

  • the Community Harvest, a free weekly community meal each Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Milton, serving more than150 people each week;

  • the Million Penny Project, the annual Greek philanthropy project which selects a different local agency each year;

  • the annual Neighborhood Thaw Out, with 250 student volunteers cleaning up downtown Lewisburg;

  • the annual "Light the Night Walk" to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Bucknell students contributed 47 pony tails to Locks of Love as well as 260 boxes for the American Red Cross Friendship Box program, distributed to local children and adults.

Student Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV) is a Bucknell student group providing quick response emergency medical treatment to faculty and students as well as serving as volunteers with the William Cameron Engine Company.

Students also contribute their time by volunteering with Best Buddies, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Circle K, and Rotaract as well as national projects with Habitat for Humanity and international projects including the Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua.

The Bucknell campus community also participates with holiday giving programs including the Giving Tree - last year, 665 local individuals received more than 12,760 gifts worth $15,456. The community also collected food for 77 baskets in the "Turkey and Trimmings" project - these baskets were distributed to families in Lewisburg, Milton, Sunbury, Hartleton and Mifflinburg.


Note to Media: Amy Badal may be reached at 577-1638.


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