April 06, 2009

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By Heather Johns

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Eleven Bucknell University alumni chapters across the nation will complete service projects as part of the first National Alumni Community Service Event April 18-19, including the Neighborhood Thaw-out in Lewisburg.

Responsibility and service
Bucknell alumni chapter community service projects include toy, food and clean-up drives; 5K races and walks; food banks; reading programs and more.

"Bucknell's emphasis on service stays with students long after they graduate," said Laura Denbow, executive director of alumni relations and career services. "That they are choosing to volunteer not only as members of their communities, but also as Bucknell alumni, says a lot about their experience here."

Chicago alumni chapter
Brittany Bohn, a 2004 Bucknell graduate, is the community service liaison for the Chicago alumni chapter. "When you volunteer in your community as a part of a Bucknell alumni chapter, you are showing the community what a great sense of responsibility and service Bucknell instills in its graduates," said Bohn. "Coming out and showing your Bucknell pride at an event like this helps people see what a great school Bucknell is, even if they never make it to central Pennsylvania."

Bucknell's Chicago-area regional alumni chapter will volunteer at the Wrigley Start Early Run/Walk 5K/10K/Kids Dash on Saturday, April 18. They will be involved in fundraising, setting up, running and walking the race.

"We hope to serve Prevent Child Abuse America and Voices for Illinois Children, two amazing non-profit organizations that help children live happy, healthy lives with access to a good education," said Bohn. "We also hope to come together with our families and friends to take part in this event and show pride in our alma mater."

Bucknell University regional alumni chapter service projects include:

Baltimore, Md.: Habitat for Humanity Build

Chicago, Ill.: Wrigley Start Early Run/Walk 5K/10K/Kids Dash (benefitting Prevent Child Abuse America and Voices for Illinois Children)

Greater Susquehanna Valley, Pa.: Bucknell University's Lewisburg Neighborhood Thaw-out (bringing students and the local community together to help downtown businesses prepare for spring)

Louisville, Ky.: 28th Annual Wally Bright Bake-off 5K

New York, N.Y.: Manhattan-Seaport area Multiple Sclerosis Walk

Northern California: Removing invasive non-native plants in San Bruno Mountain State Park

Northern New Jersey: Ridgewood, N.J., Multiple Sclerosis Walk

Philadelphia, Pa.: Annual Spring Trails Day (trail maintenance)

Princeton, N.J.: Used Lacrosse Equipment and Spring Cleanup Drive (benefitting the Bobby Campbell Lax Foundation, founded by Bucknell Class of 1982 graduates Ken Foulk and John Morris.)

San Diego, Calif.: United Through Reading Grandparent Program (recording grandparents reading stories aloud to their grandchildren on DVDs for troops); Tour de Cure Bike Race support staff (benefitting the American Diabetes Association); Beach Clean-up (benefitting San Diego Coastkeepers)

Washington, D.C.: Capital Area Food Bank (sorting and sending food to those in need)

Contact: Division of Communications


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