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Ideas for Community Service
Adopt a Grandparent — visit, socialize and organize activities with the male residents. Balanced Care 570-784-6688; Bloomsburg Health Care 570-784-5930; Loyalton 570-387-6868; Orangeville Nursing and Rehab 570- 683-5036.
American Red Cross Bloomsburg — Serve the community, blood drives or office work 570-784-1395.
Bloomsburg Food Bank — help with food distribution the 3rd Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 4 p.m.
Bloomsburg Public Library — 225 Market St.
Bloomsburg Recycling Center — if you have access to a car and are looking for community service, contact Charles Fritz at 570-784-4532. Children's Museum ̶ help clean and maintain the museum. Call 570-389-9206.
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble — 226 Center St. 570-784-5530. Volunteers help during shows. Evening hours vary: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 6 p.m. end of show; Sunday 2 p.m. end of show.
Center for Leadership & Engagement — offers a large number and variety of opportunities. Call 570-389-4788.
Commons Food Recovery Program — package leftovers to be taken to a local food bank. Call 570-389-4482.
Community Friendship Meal — Wesley United Methodist, Bloomsburg Soup Kitchen, every Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAWN Office — offers drug and alcohol service opportunities. Call 570-389-4980.
Goodwill — help with cleaning, labeling and bagging clothes or preparing clothes for sale. Call 570-784-8348.
Multicultural Center — help with programming and get more involved on campus. Call 570-389-4510.
Moose Exchange — 203 W. Main St., Call Oren Helbok 570-317-2596. Mostly Mutts — located in Sunbury, PA. Walk and feed dogs or help clean pens. Call 570-286-0664.
Salvation Army — help sort clothing or do other tasks. Call 570-387-4112.
Senior Centers Bloomsburg — St. Luke Church 570-784-8615.
Special Olympics — play with and enrich the lives of children with special needs. Available all year. Call 570-387-1978.
Tutorial Services — volunteer to be a notetaker and gain credit for community service. Visit SSC 043 for details. To earn credit, must not be paid.
Women's Center — help with office work, house keeping or be a hotline volunteer! Call 570-784-6632.
Often, students who violate the Student Code of Conduct are assigned community service hours as a way of giving back to the community, learn and grow from the experience.
BU's Dean of Students office strives to provide students with opportunities to participate in various service projects. Each semester, student standards selects several projects to support and offer to their students.
Tips on picking your community service
- Do something you like! Pick a service project that will be meaningful to you. For example, if you are an education major, you might want to volunteer your time with children. If you like animals, contact the SPCA.
- Build your resume! Individuals looking at your resume do not need to know WHY you did the service. It's service nonetheless.
- Utilize your resources. There are a lot of places in the community and on campus that offer community service opportunities. Call them!
- Do not procrastinate! Get your service completed as soon as possible. Don't wait to try to fit in your service towards the end of your probation!
Guidelines for Community Service
- All required community service must be pre-approved. Approval can be obtained from the graduate assistant (email@example.com).
- All service must be completed in the Town of Bloomsburg, Columbia County, on the Bloomsburg University Campus, or be a Bloomsburg University sponsored service project (exceptions may be made but only with approval from the grad assistant).
- Required service cannot be completed with/for family members
- You may not receive compensation (monetary or otherwise) for community service rendered.