Student Orientation Features Community Service

Welcome Week will culminate Sat. Aug. 24 as first-year Ursinus College students disperse into the surrounding community to volunteer as part of their orientation. The UCARE organization at Ursinus has organized buses to various community service sites. The full schedule of Welcome Week events is here.

“Our UCARE Service Projects provide an opportunity for Ursinus students to come together with the community for a day of service and reflection, said UCARE Director Elizabeth Cannon, 2010. “We hope that this day can help to strengthen the College’s mission and promote the value of service and civic engagement in our community.”

Students work on a service project at the start of the 2012 fall semester.

Cannon added that UCARE has expanded the number of sites this year to enable more students to engage with our community partners. “We are very excited about this day and hope students will continue to be involved with UCARE service projects throughout their time at Ursinus,” she said, which helps develop a sense of social responsibility and leadership.

Forty students will travel to Central Perkiomen Valley Park, Schwenksville, Pa., which is situated along the Perkiomen Creek, and includes Green Lane Park, part of the Perkiomen Trail, and Pennypacker Mills Farm. Students will help with cleaning the flower gardens, pruning, landscape cleanup and trail maintenance.

The Greater Norristown Police Athletic League,  a volunteer organization serving the youth and families of the Greater Norristown community with recreational, educational, and cultural programs, will see 30 students arrive to help in the .building and at the community garden, weeding flower beds and trimming bushes.

Forty students will help Catholic Social Services in Norristown, with its Food Cupboard which aims to alleviate the impact of hunger in the community. Volunteers will help sort, box and repackage donated food, as well as help clean the food cupboard.

Anderson Farm Park in Collegeville is a local township recreation center and park with over 60 acres of land. Some 15 students will help with gardening, mulching and beautifying flower beds.

Camphill Village in Kimberton Hills is a farming and handcrafting community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Some 25 students are expected to help in a number of different workshops ranging from working in the orchard, the Organic Garden or the weavery.

Ursinus students will also work at the Ursinus Organic Farm on Ninth Ave. in Collegeville, which grows vegetables, fruits, and herbs and is home to bees and chickens. Some 25 student volunteers will be asked to help weed, plant and help with landscaping.

Trinity UCC Church on Main Street can expect about 10 students to landscape, weed, plant and rake leaves.