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Partnerships & Programs

Lehigh creates partnerships that act as bridges, connecting the University with the local community. Our students, faculty and staff are engaged in meaningful work in South Bethlehem and the surrounding Lehigh Valley through educational programs, community service, service-learning opportunities and community initiatives. Click on the links below to learn more about these partnerships and programs and see how these collaborations make a positive impact in the community we share. Contact Us to learn more about a specific Program or Partnership, or to add one to the list.

Annual Lehigh/Community Expo

Community and Regional Affairs and Student Activities sponsor the Annual Community & Club EXPO held the first day of class each fall semester. The EXPO showcases services and products of local merchants, offers opportunities to sample a wide range of traditional and ethnic foods, and introduces students to a variety of Lehigh clubs and local programs. It is a perfect opportunity for Lehigh students, faculty and staff to get to know their surrounding community.

If you are a merchant or local organization and would like to be featured in the EXPO, please complete the online registration form. Clubs and campus organizations should register through the Student Activities Office or call 610-758-6670.

For additional information, you can download the brochure.

Faculty/Staff Day of Caring

Day of Caring is a program held once each semester to engage faculty/staff volunteers with various social service agencies near campus. Agencies benefit by getting much needed work done for the cost of materials. Volunteers gain an understanding and appreciation of local agencies.

To volunteer and learn more please view the Day of Caring Brochure (PDF) >


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.


raised in the 2015 South Side Sale for South Bethlehem educational programs


meals served at local soup kitchens during 17 visits in 2014-15


2nd-10th grade students involved with Monday Morning School Matinees


tickets to Zoellner Arts Center events donated to over 100 local organizations