About the Ware Institute

                                          Inspiring Social Responsibility

The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement provides students with a variety of opportunities to explore what it means to be a thoughtful and active member of a community by meeting them where they are in their own development of sense of self and challenging them to make a difference.  Our programs and service opportunities connect students to non-profit organizations and inspiring community leaders.  By working directly in the community to address challenges, students develop a deeper understanding of societal issues while also gaining important professional skills.


"In our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society, it's common to feel overwhelmed, isolated and alone. Many are re-discovering the healing and empowering role that community can bring to our lives. The sense of belonging we feel when we make the time to take an active role in our communities can give us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose."                  ---Robert Alan Silverstein

The Pulse

Story 7/24/2017

Daniel Grossman, Sustainability Advocate Intern

Lancaster is such a unique and engaging place where there is lots of good work being done and new ideas being shared. I feel much more connected to the Lancaster community because of PSSI." 

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Story 7/6/2017

Fadoua Nabih, Youth Engagement Systems Developer Intern

"The PSSI internship is like nothing I have ever experienced before. On one hand everyone has their own individual and respective internship experience at a nonprofit, however what makes PSSI so...

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Story 7/24/2017

Lee Scaralia, Summer Feeding Program Intern

Internship: Power Packs Project “I know that I want to work in nonprofits after I graduate. The PSSI program has allowed me to pursue this goal, because most nonprofits aren't able to offer pay,...

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Story 11/14/2016

Service Saturdays

Eleven students volunteered a Saturday morning at Brethern Village Retirement community to work with seniors. 

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