June 23, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa.— Bucknell University student volunteers contributed more than 52,000 hours of community service to local, national, and international communities during the 2005-06 academic year.

In addition, students, faculty, and staff donated more than $242,000 to benefit local, national, and international groups.

"I am blown away each year when the volunteer stats for Bucknell students are released and this year is no exception," said Linda Sterling, executive director of the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership. "The contributions of student volunteers change the face of this community and the region well beyond what is measurable. Their hearts are huge."

During the 2004-05 year, student volunteers raised more than $165,042 and contributed nearly 49,000 hours of community service.

Some of the service programs that were organized by Bucknell this past year include:

  • The Giving Tree, a program that helps provide holiday gifts for families not fortunate enough to receive them, distributed 1,500 gifts worth $23,000 to 657 local community members.

  • Relay for Life and Light the Night annual Walk for Leukemia and Lymphoma was held at Bucknell and raised more than $104,000.

  • The Bucknell chapter of Habitat for Humanity raised $14,000.

  • During April's Downtown Neighborhood Thaw Out, student volunteers helped with spring-cleaning for businesses in downtown Lewisburg.

Bucknell's Greek community donated $10,000 to Camp Victory, a camp for children with chronic health problems, catastrophic illness, or who are physically or mentally disabled. Separate fraternities and sororities volunteered for the following services:                                                                

  • Delta Gamma raised $5,750 for the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.

  • Chi Omega raised $4,200 for the Make a Wish Foundation to support a local girl.

  • TKE raised $19,700 for the Ronald Reagan Alzheimer Association.

In addition to these projects, the Bucknell community collected more than 800 individual care packages, more than 1,500 bottles of water, 600 diapers, 20 cases of bleach, and 90 back-packs full of school supplies to be transported to a relief site in Louisiana for aid in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

In February, 130 ponytails were collected by Bucknell to donate to Locks of Love, a non-profit group that provides hairpieces for children who suffer from long-term hair loss. This is almost three times the amount collected during the previous academic year.

Students, faculty, and staff volunteer their time each year at the Harvest soup kitchen each Monday. Harvest is a soup kitchen that Bucknell students helped to create with St. Andrew's Church in Milton.

This past Thanksgiving, 76 holiday baskets were donated and delivered throughout the towns of Harleton, Lewisburg, Mifflinburg, Milton, and Sunbury.

Posted June 23, 2006


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