LHU's MountainServe Center offers part-time and full-time programs with AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). The MountainServe Center serves as an additional resource to support Federal Work Study, LHU graduate and undergraduate student worker opportunities, and additional contact information about community service partnerships and programs.
Community Service Project Opportunities
Our University has been recognized since the inception of the US President’s Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service in 2006. MountainServe is a campus resource community service opportunities, service learning projects, civic engagement events, alternative school breaks, outreach presentations, and additional programs and scholarship opportunities. Please refer to the community service links above for specific information for Main Campus and Clearfield Campus.
Alternative School Break Community Service Trips
LHU students and staff are invited to participate in community service trips in domestic and international locations to serve the needs of partnering nonprofit agencies in a variety of service areas (public health, education, unmet human needs, environmental, public safety, and disaster relief) in partnership with LHU’s Outreach for Humanity Club, community partnerships, and LHU course work. LHU’s Global MountainServe Center is a member of a national alternative break organization, Break Away.
MountainServe Community Serve Leaders (Student Worker Opportunities)
LHU students with at least one year of community service leadership experience may apply for campus community service student worker opportunities, to assist in supporting programs within MountainServe. Student worker positions as a, Community Service Leader, offer support and mentoring of other students with community service project development, provide direct/indirect support to community partners, involvement with the student government & the LHU Outreach for Humanity Club, assist with Alternative Breaks, give outreach presentations, act as a community service liaison for engaged campus departments promoting volunteerism, and additional leadership opportunities. The positions are for an academic year of service with a mandatory orientation/training and attending monthly meetings to participate and facilitate activities.
Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)
VISTA positions are available throughout the United Stated to assist community organizations and public agencies create and expand programs to bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Upon graduating, apply for a full time twelve month term of service opportunity to assist agencies in Clinton County and become an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving in partnership with Lock Haven University. The positions include educational loan deferment while serving, an educational award of over $5,500 (you may serve for two terms of service & education awards are good for up to 7 years), modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits specific to each program. LHU is a member of the state PA Campus Compact for community service resources and program opportunities.
National President’s Volunteer Service Awards
LHU’s Global MountainServe Center is nationally recognized as a certifying organization to review, verify volunteer hours, confirm eligibility and distribute the US President’s Volunteer Service Awards for approved students enrolled in a minimum of 150 volunteer hours during the year. “The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service. Your recognition inspires others to take positive action to change the world.” http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/