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Lehigh and the Community

Lehigh & the Community

Since Lehigh University first opened its doors in 1865, it has been inextricably tied to South Bethlehem, the City of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley region. Rich in history and steeped in cultural tradition, the area continues to be an outstanding home for the university, which derives much of its inspiration and enthusiasm from its neighbors. Lehigh, Lehigh's students, staff and faculty are committed to helping the community invigorate its neighborhoods, redefine economic prosperity and address a full range of critical social issues. Already deeply entrenched in the community, Lehigh strives to be a good neighbor and a partner in the renaissance of Bethlehem.

1,849

employees at Lehigh—the largest employer in Bethlehem

6,985

local children mentored through the C.O.A.C.H. program in 2013-­14 academic year

$589,355

in tech grants to startups through the Keystone Innovation Zone program in five years

$800,000+

average annual GoldPLUS sales in South Bethlehem

Great South Side Sale

For nearly 20 years, Lehigh’s move-out collection drive has resulted in one of our most successful yearly community events - the Great South Side Sale. From a first year tally of $500 to the latest grand total of $19,000, the sale and its revenue have grown from a simple way to recycle unwanted items to a great way to connect students, faculty and staff with the local community. Sales from the event benefit children and youth programs in South Bethlehem.