Students Commit to Community Service at Orientation

At most college campuses, Orientation is all about learning to get around campus, meeting classmates, and preparing for the start of classes. However, for new students at LIM College, Orientation is also a time to help out in the local community.

This year, LIM College students worked throughout New York City doing a variety of community service activities. Projects the students participated in included:

  • Taking food to elderly people’s homes with City Meals-on-Wheels
  • Preparing and serving food at St. Peter’s Food Pantry, Father’s Heart NYC, and POTS
  • Helping with the Mobile Market Program at City Harvest
  • Cleaning up Corona Park in Flushing Meadows and Riverside Park in Manhattan with Partnership for Parks
  • Taking part in the Keen recreational program for disabled children through NY Cares

This is the third year that LIM College has made community service projects a mandatory part of its weeklong New Student Orientation. Student Orientation Coordinator Aubriana Sweet says that the community service events this year were very successful. “We had approximately 225 students participate in the various service projects.”

Kelsey White, a freshman, volunteered at the POTS Food Kitchen serving lunch to Brooklyn residents. “I'm so glad that LIM incorporated the service day into Orientation,” she says. “This experience really reminded me that I need to find the time to give back to those around me.”

Nicole Porras, an Orientation Leader, was in charge of leading a group of LIM students volunteering for Keen, a non-profit organization that provides disabled children with free recreational opportunities. “For me, community service events like these really open up our minds to things that we may not have been exposed to before,” says Nicole. “For instance, now I am much more knowledgeable about children with autistic needs. Volunteering is a way to see and understand things about others and yourself.”

According to Christopher Conzen, Assistant Dean of Student Life, “We believe that the community service activity during Orientation, as well as during our Benefaction Challenge later in the fall semester, is invaluable because it encourages our students to give back to the community that will be their ‘campus’ for the next four years. As ethical behavior is one of our core values, we strive to empower our students to have an ethic of care for the city that will be their home away from home.”