LIM College students helped clean up New York City parks as a required part of their Orientation.

Traditionally, Freshman Orientation consists of students learning their way around campus, meeting their classmates, and getting ready for the start of classes. Yet for incoming students at LIM College, Orientation is also a time to help improve the local community that they are becoming members of. So on August 20, hundreds of new LIM College students fanned out in small groups around New York City to volunteer for a variety of community service activities.

Projects the students participated in included: working to beautify parks in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx; assembling activity bags for pediatric patients at New York University Medical Center; helping the American Cancer Society and Gay Men’s Health Crisis prepare for upcoming special events; cleaning spaces for children and their families at the Ronald McDonald House; organizing clothing and dressing mannequins at Bottomless Closet (an organization that provides business attire for disadvantaged women); and sorting through items donated to Housing Works (an organization dedicated to fighting AIDS and homelessness).

 This is the second consecutive year that LIM College has made community service projects a mandatory part of its weeklong New Student Orientation.

 Shatika Robinson of Paterson, New Jersey is a freshman who helped clear weeds at Manhattan’s Riverside Park. She said “It was a good experience. I had fun while serving the community. I always enjoy doing community service and would like to go on and get involved in projects that help homeless men and women.”

 Arianna Pantin, a freshman from Deer Park, New York who also helped beautify Riverside Park said, “The park has a small staff for this type of work, so I’m glad we were able to come in and help them.” 

Says LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “Orientation sets the tone for the academic year and establishes expectations for our students. Community service is an integral part of co-curricular life, so we felt it was important to incorporate it into the college experience as early as possible. Performing community service helps students develop an appreciation for diversity and privilege, and exposes them to some of the many issues facing our local area. It is our hope that this experience motivates them to stay involved in the community throughout the year.”