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.
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.
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.
The South Side Initiative is working with the City of Bethlehem and other community partners to turn a narrow trail of railroad tracks that once divided South Bethlehem into a scenic linear park and paved path that is now uniting the community. The South Bethlehem Greenway is a collaborative effort that has resulted in a beautiful and vibrant recreation space and is a popular destination for the campus and local community alike.
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