Presentations lining the walls of The Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space on April 21 represented hundreds of hours of community service from PhilaU student volunteers this semester.
Students participating in the Serve 101 class shared information about their semester-long service learning projects, donating their time to a variety of community organizations.
The event featured a presentation from community service partner Big Brother Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a one-to-one mentorship program that pairs college students with second to sixth graders in Philadelphia-area schools.
PhilaU student Allison Umansky reflected on her time spent mentoring her “Little,” a fifth-grade girl from Mifflin Elementary School. “I had a lot of influential people in my life growing up, and I wanted to be able to be that person to someone else,” Umansky said.
Twenty students from PhilaU participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program this year. “It makes you want to be a better person in general because you know you are a role model now,” Umansky said. “You know someone looks up to you.”
Other students volunteered at organizations such as Journey’s Way, Philabundance, the Free Library of Philadelphia, East Falls Historical Society, Fox Chase Cancer Center, YMCA, St. Bridget’s School, Ebenezer Maxwell Museum, Neighborhood Bike Works, American Cancer Society, YMCA, Career Wardrobe, Cradles to Crayons and many more.
“The Service Learning Showcase is the culmination of the semester-long Serve 101 class,” said Missy Stolfi, associate director of student development. “We ask students to volunteer and explain not only what they did, but why they did it and how it might apply to their future. We hope that these relationships promote a lifelong interest in service.”