3. F&M students receive course-credit by working over the summer in Ecuador with, Social Entrepreneur Corps, founded by Greg VanKirk, the winner of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.
5. The ONE Goal Program, two-time winner of the Davis Projects for Peace, allows students to spend their summer working at the Chris Campbell Memorial field where they have educated over 500 disadvantaged youth in Khayelitsha, South Africa.
6. One of the 11 Interns in the Public Service Summer Internship (PSSI) program learned this summer how to put Obama’s Affordable Care Act into action by working with experts at Lancaster General Hospital to pioneer preventative health efforts.
7. Launch into the Lancaster community with our 20 Steinman Interns who are working at local non-profits in paid year-long internships through the F&M Works in Lancaster program.
8. Annually, 60 incoming freshmen follow in the 15-year legacy of the Putting It Together (PIT) Program, which has launched over 700 students into community service, leadership, and meaningful peer relationships.
9. Students who prepare taxes for low-income families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program have brought back over $1.5 million to the Lancaster community in refunds and EIC in the past three years.
Franklin & Marshall College has a long history of linking our students and faculty with the larger Lancaster community, from the days of the Office of Volunteer Services in the 1980's to the Chaplain's Office leadership of such initiatives during the 1990's. The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement, as we are known today, was formally created in 2000 and is named in honor of board member, alumnus, and local philanthropist Paul Ware '72.
In 2000, the College also received a highly competitive 3-year matching federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to initiate a community-based learning program at Franklin & Marshall College by incorporating the community into all types of academic pursuits. Three years later, CNCS renewed this grant to enable further development and institutionalization of this successful initiative. In 2007, the College named Dr. Susan Dicklitch, professor of government, as director of the Ware Institute to solidify the College’s dedication to providing meaningful and academically rigorous opportunities for students to “learn by doing.” The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement is committed to fostering collaborative and reciprocal partnerships, within both local and global communities, that contribute to the holistic growth of our students and their understanding of community.