According to The United Nations’ estimation, about 1 billion individuals volunteer every year to
support their community and the world around them. Last year, the COVID-19 outbreak resulted
to the cancelation of 2020 Northampton Community College’s (NCC) Day of Service and many
other annual on-ground events. At the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, NCC students, faculty
and staff have demonstrated that volunteering in person is still possible through their exceptional
display of solidarity in responding to the needs of the community. During the implementation of
the volunteer services, safety practices were maintained including the wearing of face masks,
social distancing, washing of hands, etc.

A special thanks to the group of faculty, staff and students who were engaged in volunteer
related services and projects in the current academic year (2020 – 2021). The following
highlights some of the services and projects including the 2021 Day of Service.

Fall 2020 Semester

Trinity Soup Ark Kitchen Community Meal | NCC continued to partner with Trinity to
provide meals to the community in need. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meals shifted to
bagged lunches. The following groups packed lunches and delivered to the agency.

Spring 2021 Semester

Trinity Soup Ark Kitchen Community Meal | As the pandemic continued, Trinity’s client
numbers trended downward and NCC continued to prepare bagged meals.

2021 Day of Service | NCC celebrated its 6th Annual Day of Service on Thursday, April 1, 2021. The Annual Day of Service, coordinated by the Center for Civic and Community Engagement (CCCE) is an opportunity for NCC students, faculty and staff to give back to our communities in Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties, and help raise awareness of needs in our communities, and the organizations that serve those needs. NCC partnered with ten (10) community partners to develop one-day service projects that support the organizations’ missions. The summary and photos of the service projects are highlighted below.

  • Camel’s Hump Farm Nature Center: Helped plant trees at the Nature Center located in Bethlehem.
  • Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites at Burnside Plantation: Assisted with the event set-up, including moving and staging sale items, writing product information, and taking pictures.
  • Gracedale Nursing Home: Helped spruce up the beautiful Gracedale Gardens for residents and visitors to enjoy.
  • Family Promise of Monroe County: Helped with clean-up projects.
  • Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC): Helped with the Spring Campus Clean-Up, light duty trail work, tidying up and resetting the building for heavy public use, litter pick around property and along adjacent roadway.
  • Bryant Park: Maintained the park trees, fencing, gazebo, play yard , picnic table and
  • extensive flower gardens.
  • By the People! Did work on an ongoing project with the Library of Congress.
  • The Gress Mountain Ranch (TGMR): Participated in the beautification of TGNR as well as caring for the animals.
  • Camelot for Children: Assembled the new picnic tables and dispose of the old tables.
  • Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center: Participated in a letter writing campaign for LGBTQ+ Non-Discrimination.
Camel’s Hump Farm Nature Center & Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites at
Burnside Plantation
Gracedale Nursing Home
Family Promise of Monroe County; Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC);
Bryant Park, and By the People!
The Gress Mountain Ranch (TGMR); Camelot for Children, and Bradbury-Sullivan
LGBT Community Center

Interested in making a difference in your community? Please visit our website at
www.northampton.edu/ccce.

Written By:

NCC’s Director of the Center for Civic & Community Engagement, Stanley Ebede and Program Coordinator for the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, Amy Sams.