The Lock Haven University Social Work Club of the Stephen Poorman College of Business,
Information Systems and Human Services, recently traveled to Philadelphia for a service
trip on April 7.
The event was sponsored by the Social Work Club with the assistance of Student Activities. Drs. Lynette Reitz and Steven Granich traveled with nine social work majors to assist in a service project.
The Jewish Relief Agency, located in Northeast Philadelphia, serves 6,000 residents monthly. The volunteers packed Passover meals for residents in the Philadelphia area, which included matzah, gefilte fish, raisins, tuna fish, borscht, onions and instructions for a Passover meal.
The Jewish Relief Agency delivers to diverse groups, but there are a substantial number of Russian speaking people in the area, and the information was in English and Russian.
The atmosphere in the warehouse was festive, with more than 1,000 people packing food, dancing and singing to music, and eating bagels and cream cheese donated by a local bakery. There were other university groups there from Temple and Drexel.
After the food was packed, the LHU Social Work Club delivered the boxes to 30 residents in the area. Seeing the looks of gratitude on the faces of the recipients and hearing their heartfelt thanks was one of the highlights of the day, according to the students.
One of the other meaningful parts of this volunteering experience was to see families and people of all ages coming out to assist the community, the students added.
The Social Work students saw first-hand how to effectively coordinate large groups of volunteers and how to connect with people who are different from them. The club plans to continue volunteering to serve others in Philadelphia as well as the local community.
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Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.
LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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