Penn State Brandywine is committed to working with and contributing to our community. Whether it's a program for middle and high school students, seminars and workshops for business executives, or a community event, we are actively involved in outreach, service, and economic development. In addition, our student, faculty, and staff individually and jointly participate in community activities, volunteerism, and fundraising. Together, we are committed to giving back to the area where we live, study, and work!
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At Penn State Brandywine, numerous opportunities exist for the development of our students, faculty, staff, and campus. Below is just a small sampling of the many campus and community connections and projects.
- Indochinese American Council in Philadelphia: The Learning Center and its students tutor adults in English as a second language, help with improving reading and writing skills, as part of an Adult Literacy Grant.
- America READS: The Learning Center oversees America READS on our campus. Students work in area elementary and middle schools, helping students develop reading skills and a love of reading.
- CI 296: The Learning Center oversees CI 296, which encourages students to work in various community agencies and schools as a service to the community. Example programs where students have served include Habitat for Humanity, athletic programs, firehouses, union offices, the Red Cross, retirement homes, and hospitals.
- Math Options Career Day: More than 120 seventh grade girls from over 25 schools in the Philadelphia area visit Penn State Brandywine to participate in "real-world" workshops, exploring math, science, and engineering topics. Math Options introduces students and their teachers to exciting and interesting science career options available to them. Sponsored by the campus in conjunction with Women in Mathematics.
- International Community Service Projects: In its third year, Penn State Brandywine has given its students the opportunity to travel abroad to participate in community service projects, including Guatemala, where students helped to rebuild bookcases for schools destroyed by mudslides, provided literacy tutoring, and worked with Peace Corps volunteers in environmental education projects.
- The students in Dr. Maureen Fielding’s Advanced Business Writing course select a nonprofit agency to collaborate with and design a writing project. Organizations students have partnered with over the past six years include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, American Cancer Society, Aston Library, Chadds Ford Historical Society, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and many others.
- Several faculty members have participated in lecture series at local senior citizen communities, such as White Horse Village and Hershey’s Mill.
Some of the other organizations and events our students, faculty, and staff have connected with include:
- CityTeam Ministries
- Easter Seals School Mural Project
- Ridley Creek State Park (for National Trails Day)
- Susan Komen Race for the Cure
- Ronald McDonald House
- Spina Bifida Association
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand
- Red Cross Blood Drive
- Huggie Pillows for the cardiac recovery unit at Chester County Hospital
- Knittany Lion Needleworks – blankets for Project Linus
Alternative Spring Break (service in Philadelphia)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
For more information on Penn State Brandywine and its commitment to public scholarship, please email Laura Guertin (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information on campus-community volunteering efforts and collaborations, please email Ronika Money (email@example.com), Coordinator of Student Programming and Services.