PIT - Putting It Together 
in the Community

August 23rd to 26th, 2022

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. 

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 2026!

  • duckies
  • bowling
  • bowling
  • color wars
  • habitat
  • Mel
  • pine view
  • Youth Development

 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.

PIT Leadership

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. Meet the PAs here.


Please direct questions regarding PIT to Jen Nell, 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 second week of June.  

Space is limited to the first 60 registrants and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  You can register here.

Notification Information:

Students who have been accepted into the program and those on the waitlist will be notified on or before July 15.

Program Cost

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 23-26, 2022 

Please note the PIT program is currently on schedule for this coming academic year.

August 23

You will move into your permanent college house room on Tuesday, 8/23.  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. 

August 24-26

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.

Team Selection

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
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Land Preservation
  • Poverty
  • Public Education
  • Public Health
  • Refugees
  • Senior Citizens
  • Veterans
  • Youth Development


Volunteering within the Lancaster community, and helping first year students get integrated into F&M through the PIT program is an experience that I will cherish forever. The PIT program has allowed me to create, and foster incredible relationships that extend for much longer than the duration of the program.
PIT Spotlight
Charlie Wright '22

PIT Photos

  • PIT PAs
  • Color Wars
  • Habitat
  • PIT
  • color Wars

PIT - What It's All About!

Putting It Together