Hundreds of Lafayette students, faculty, staff, and alumni helped community organizations in Easton and cities across the country last weekend for Lafapalooza ’11: Lafayette’s National Day of Service.
Hosted by the College’s Landis Community Outreach Center, students volunteered for projects benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Easton, ProJeCt of Easton, Habitat for Humanity, the Easton Area Neighborhood Center, the Weed and Seed program, the YMCA, the Easton Area Community Center, the West Ward Neighborhood Partnership, and Easton’s parks.
Students Paint at ProJeCt of Easton
Projects included indoor and outdoor clean-ups, leading youth groups, painting, gardening, and other activities to help local not-for-profit organizations.
“The Landis Center works hard to give students the opportunity to engage in the community and become active citizens who not only recognize social problems but also understand why they exist and how we can help to solve them,” says Lafapalooza co-chair Tracy McFarlan ’13 (Yardley, Pa.), a history major. “This year gave nearly 200 students (more than ever participated in the past) the chance to volunteer in the Easton community at a time when budget cuts have caused setbacks for many of the organizations that we work with.”
In addition to the projects happening in Easton, seven regional Lafayette alumni chapters coordinated volunteer activities nationwide.
Lehigh Valley Chapter Volunteers at Center for Animal Health & Welfare
In Philadelphia and New Jersey, alumni worked at area food banks. Boston-area alumni worked on horticulture and landscaping projects at Zoo New England. Other alumni community service projects took place in the Lehigh Valley, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
In addition to Lafapalooza, the Landis Center hosts dozens of programs and organizations dedicated to helping local, national, and international communities. Some volunteer opportunities include the Alternative School Break Club, Hunger and Homelessness Week, America Reads America Counts, Make a Difference Day, Best Buddies, Literacy Day, Kids in the Community, and many others.