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The Community Service Office provides a coordinated effort for students, faculty and staff to engage in service to the greater Lehigh Valley area. We aim to provide students, faculty and staff of Lehigh University a readily accessible doorway through which they can explore the rewards and benefits of providing service to the community.


Outcomes: Evaluate personal community service goals and greater service goals for the community and world. Assess mental, physical, and academic mindsets and skillsets before and after service experience. Research the environment, field, and context to gain a knowledge basis of your individual service activity.


Contact: Community Service Office

Community Voices Clinic (CVC) is a school-based mental health clinic and training site sponsored by the Counseling Psychology program at Lehigh University. CVC offers free mental health services for children, adults, and families of Bethlehem who are uninsured or underinsured. The clinic is overseen by a Lehigh faculty member who is a licensed psychologist. This is an excellent opportunitiy for practicum and internship training opportunities for COE Counseling Psychology students and other graduate students.


Outcomes: Serve the local community while receiving necessary training and career advancement opportunities. Provides training experiences and necessary therapy services to those in our community who may not otherwise have such opportunities.


Contact: Arpana Inman

The many dimensions of community-engaged research and learning are explored, with special attention to ethical practices, values, research methods, and critical reflection. 


Outcomes: Experiential and service aspects of the course provide opportunities for students to build skills for social and community change, as well as build capacity for research and critical inquiry. Aims to cultivated interest in community, collaborative research, and meaningful impact.


Contact: Sarah Stanlick

This federally funded program is geared towards increasing the reading and math proficiency of America’s youth in elementary and middle schools. Students are trained in basic reading and math instruction, behavior management, and restorative practices during our initial tutor training session and periodic in-services. We have approximately 150 tutors each year who make a tremendous difference in the lives of the children with whom they work.


Outcomes: Gain useful skills, while having a meaningful impact on the lives of the children in our community. Discover the importance of giving back and the responsibility of community citizenship, while honing your mentoring and teaching skills.


Contact: Community Service Office

This federally funded program is geared towards increasing the reading and math proficiency of America’s youth in elementary and middle schools. Students are trained in basic reading and math instruction, behavior management, and restorative practices during our initial tutor training session and periodic in-services. 


Outcomes: Gain useful skills, while having a meaningful impact on the lives of the children in our community. Discover the importance of giving back and the responsibility of community citizenship, while honing your mentoring and leadership skills by directing the site visits.


Contact: Community Service Office

Volunteer Experience is a pre-orientation program with the goal of introducing our first year students to Lehigh University's campus and the surrounding area through community service. For the three days of the Volunteer Experience, students are immersed in rewarding service projects and lend a helping hand to the local community while meeting and bonding with other incoming first year students.


Outcomes: Discover area community agencies, take action to help alleviate issues facing your new community, and build new lasting friendships. Explore Bethlehem and the surrounding Lehigh Valley - your home for the next 4 years.


Contact: Community Service Office

Volunteer Experience is a pre-orientation program with the goal of introducing our first year students to Lehigh University's campus and the surrounding area through community service. The service projects will be lead by upper-class students, many of whom have participated in this program as first-year students and continue to do so as leaders. Aside from volunteering in the community, during the evenings students get to relax, unpack, and take part in some great events on and off campus.


Outcomes: Foster a sense of community among incoming first-years in the Lehigh Valley, take action to help alleviate issues facing your new community, and build new lasting friendships, while developing necessary leadership and teamwork skills for your future.


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SERVE trips are programs that allow students to spend academic breaks helping others. The program has been a part of Lehigh University since the spring of 1995, and since that time over 1000 students and approximately 30 advisors have participated. Past areas of focus have included low-income housing, food security, environmental conservation, and educational outreach.


Outcomes: The purpose of SERVE trips is to enable participants to build partnerships with people sharing a common goal, to gain greater awareness of the need in our country, and to deepen their commitment to social action.


Contact: Community Service Office

SERVE trips are programs that allow students to spend academic breaks helping others. The program has been a part of Lehigh University since the spring of 1995, and since that time over 1000 students and approximately 30 advisors have participated. Past areas of focus have included low-income housing, food security, environmental conservation, and educational outreach.


Outcomes: The purpose of SERVE trips is to enable participants to build partnerships with people sharing a common goal, to gain greater awareness of the need in our country, and to deepen their commitment to social action.


Contact: Community Service Office