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 11/11/2016

2016 Campus Holiday Gift Drive

The annual F&M campus holiday gift drive has been a tradition since 1987.  You can be part of this wonderful tradition and will make someone's holiday  a bit brighter this year!! 

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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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Story 9/20/2016

Kathryn Rainville '17, Builder and Teacher in the Dominican...

"I am so grateful that I had the ability to travel and give back to a community in desperate need of these kinds of things. Things that we find so basic that we take them for granted—things that...

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Story 8/5/2016

Abby Morenigbade, Lancaster Co. Refugee Coalition Intern

"I didn't want to limit myself to the four corners of campus during my time at F&M. I wanted to give back to the community that welcomed me with open arms."

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Story 7/27/2016

Jasmine Jackson, Community Action Program, Atlas Initiative...

"I love to be a part of making such a positive impact in their lives with my work team." 

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Story 7/27/2016

Rebecca Jacoby, Washington Elementary School Summer Intern

"I have learned so much about the services offered to children in the Lancaster city and have been able to see first hand the social and economic barriers we often discuss in the classroom."

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