PIT - Putting It Together
in the Community
Hiatus for On Campus Program this Fall 2020
The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement is committed to providing students with a sense of belonging. By engaging first year students in meaningful service opportunities, they become familiar with their peers, the needs of others and the local community. At this time, we are suspending our on-campus PIT program for August 2020. We are however, seeking ways to connect with students and will be providing updates to members of the Class of 2024!
PIT (Putting It Together in the Community) is a first-year pre-orientation program for students who have been/or wish to be more involved in community service, leadership development and/or civic engagement. PIT is a great way to bond with other first-year students who share the same interest and connect you to community service opportunities in the Lancaster community.
Welcome Class of 2024!
What Do PITers Do?
PIT participants (PITers), begin by moving into their college houses and getting to know their fellow group members and their PIT Peer Advisors (PAs).
PITers spend the next three days with team members working at various service project sites. Evenings are filled with fun team building activities like bowling, the famous PIT Color Wars contest and laser tag.
PITers will also become more familiar with Lancaster city and will have the opportunity to visit key landmarks of the historic city.
Upperclass students volunteer to return to campus early to serve as PAs. Those selected, serve as team leaders for each PIT Group. They help you move in, serve as mentors and help you get acquainted with the F&M campus and the Lancaster community.
Please direct questions regarding PIT to Susan Walker, assistant director at the Ware Institute.
PIT Program Information
All incoming first-year students will be mailed an invitation to participate in this year's PIT program by the end of May.
Space is limited to the first 60 registrants and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students who have been accepted into the program and those on the waitlist will be notified on or before July 15.
The $250 program fee includes meals, event tickets, transportation and supplies for the four-day program. Upon acceptance, this fee is posted directly to the student account after scholarships are determined.
Scholarships are available based on financial need. If seeking scholarship funding, please indicate on the online application.
PROGRAM DATES: August 25-28, 2020
Please note the PIT program is currently on schedule for this coming academic year.
You will move into your permanent college house room on Tuesday, 8/25. PIT PA's will be available to help with move in! PIT programming will then officially kick off in the afternoon with introductions, dinner, and recreational activities.
A typical day begins at 8:30 for breakfast. Each team will then be transported to their service project locations and volunteer from 9-4 pm. Lunch will be provided at the service site. Dinner and evening activities begin around 6 pm.
Those students selected for PIT will particpate in a wide variety of service areas. These may include:
- Animal Advocacy
- Arts & Culture
- Community Development
- Economic Development
- Land Preservation
- Public Education
- Public Health
- Senior Citizens
- Youth Development
Driving down to F&M as a first-year, I remember being anxious about finding my place on campus. My experience with PIT gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and try new things.
PIT - What It's All About!