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For the third year in a row, the Lafayette community will join together in two solid days of volunteer work during Lafapalooza Friday and Saturday.

There will be ten service projects in Easton and the surrounding area on Friday beginning in the early afternoon, and Saturday there will be nine activities beginning in the morning. All participants will receive a free T-shirt. Those already signed up to participate include students, faculty, Greek organizations, student clubs, resident adviser floor programs, sports teams, and many more.

The Landis Community Outreach Center is sponsoring the event, which is being organized by a committee led by government and law major Deanna Stoddard ’05 (Kingsley, Pa.) and Jonathan Farrar ’07 (Alexandria, Va.), who is pursuing a B.S. in physics and an A.B. in mathematics.

To become involved or learn more, call x5553 or email either of the organizers.

“We hope to establish a tradition of service and awareness in the Lafayette community through the Lafapalooza event. We created Lafapalooza as a volunteering blitz to expose students and faculty to the different programs available to volunteer through at the COC,” Farrar says. “We hope that volunteers will see the difference that they can make in just a few hours while at the same time forge bonds with their classmates and peers outside the classroom.”

A total of about 300 volunteers have contributed more than 1,000 hours of service in the last two years of Lafapalooza.

Friday projects
Paxinosa Elementary School, 12-3 p.m.: Tutoring elementary children in a variety of school subjects.

Cheston Elementary School, 11-2:30 p.m.: Children will come to campus for a tour. Volunteers must be able/willing to flex/use a meal at Farinon or Marquis.

Third Street Sharing and Caring, 1-4 p.m.: Volunteers will spend time, play games, etc. with adults with degenerative disorders.

HIV/AIDS Kits, 3-4:30 p.m.: Volunteers will pack “safe sex” kits to be distributed in the community.

Equilibrium, 3-7 p.m.: Farm maintenance and landscaping at an equine rehabilitation/therapy center. Old clothes required.

St. Anthony’s Youth Center, 4-7 p.m.: Volunteers will play games, do homework, etc. with children at a local youth center.

Firth Youth Center, Friday afternoon: Volunteers will be cleaning, painting, and doing outdoor work. Old clothes required.

Senior Citizen’s Prom , 12:30-?: Decorating and setting up for the dance.

West Ward Resident Survey, 1-5 p.m.: Volunteers will go door-to-door in the West Ward of Easton to administer a survey. A brief orientation will be required.

Mural, Friday afternoon: Volunteers will help prepare the wall and sketch the mural; painting will begin Saturday.

Saturday projects
Third St. Alliance, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Organizing and cleaning closets and supplies at a women’s shelter. Old clothes required.

Newman House, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Cleaning, planting, staining benches, spring cleaning. Old clothes required.

SPCA, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Organizing filing cabinets, storage areas with pet food/supplies. Old clothes required.

Mural Painting, Saturday mid-day-?: Volunteers will help paint a mural at a local senior center. Old clothes required.

Boys and Girls Club Clean-up, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Volunteers will clean up an area around the Boys and Girls Club and then play kickball. Old clothes and sneakers required.

Crayola Factory, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (shifts): Volunteers will greet patrons, answer questions, clean up stations. A brief orientation is necessary.

West Ward Resident Survey, 9am-1 p.m., 1-5 p.m. (shifts): Volunteers will go door-to-door in the West Ward of Easton to administer a survey. A brief orientation will be required.

Senior Citizen’s Prom, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. (shifts TBA): Serving coffee and food, taking tickets, clean up and dancing. Semi-casual attire (no jeans or sneakers please). For more information, email psychology major Stephanie Mishik ’07 (Mantua, N.J.) at mishiks.

Safe Harbor, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Volunteers will prepare and serve a meal for residents at a homeless shelter and then sit down to eat with them.

Sponsors for Lafapalooza are the Alpha Phi, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Delta Delta Delta sororities, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Alternative School Break Club, Lafayette Association of Fair Trade Advocates, Newman Association, Student Government, H.C. Kissiah Student Life Fund, Campus Pizza, Nicolosi’s, Pizza D’Oro, Salvatore’s, Shampoo, and Wardell.

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