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The Office of Community Engagement and New Student Programs

We aim to educate members of the Lehman campus community on the importance of responsible citizenship through new student orientation, community development programs, service efforts, practical application of knowledge, and an awareness of global issues impacting local communities. 

There are five major components of the Office of Community Engagement and New Student Programs: (New Student Programs, Community Engagement, Lehman L.I.F.E., CUNY Service Corps and Service-Learning). Below you will find information about the different opportunities available through our office.

Service Program Calendar for Spring 2014

To register for a program please click on the link " Register to Volunteer".
Complete the form and in the field "Enter Program" type in the name of the program you would like to register for.

Ongoing Service Projects (Based on student's schedules)



Spring 2014

Ongoing Event

Every Tuesday

4:15PM - 6:00PM in Manhattan

Publicolor – Enhancing Education through Environment

Seeking students who are interested in tutoring middle and high school students ages 13 -18 years old, in academic subjects ranging from Math, English, and The SAT’s.

Spring 2014

Ongoing Event

Phipps Community Development Corporation

Phipps CDC is based primarily in the Bronx and works with disadvantaged and under-served populations. Currently they are looking for volunteers to assist with their GED tutoring program, recreational activities at their senior centers, and provide assistance in managing their homeless shelters.

Spring 2014

Ongoing Event

MJHS Hospice

MJHS Hospice is seeking dependable students who are able to commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for either a semester or a full school year.  Hospice volunteers provide companionship and support to patients in their homes, in nursing homes and in their two hospice residences, depending on the volunteer’s venue of choice.  For those who do not feel comfortable interacting with individual patients, there are plenty of ways to help administratively or to support group activities.

For more information please contact Danielle LaRosa, Coordinator of Volunteer Services at 212-649-5515 or via email at

Short Term Service Projects
July 2014 to August 2014

To view the January 2014 to June 2014 projects please click here.

July 29, 2014 to
August 19, 2014

Various shifts available!

New Student Orientation

Volunteer as an Operations Assistant and help our new students become acclimated to our wonderful school!

Sign Up for ANY or ALL of These Orientation Dates!
July 29, 2014
7:00AM - 5:00PM
Music Building
July 30, 2014
7:00AM - 5:00PM
Music Building
August 5, 2014
11:00AM - 7:00PM
Music Building
August 11, 2014
7:00AM - 5:00PM
Music Building
August 12, 2014
7:00AM - 5:00PM
Music Building
August 13, 2014
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Music Building
August 19, 2014
11:00AM - 7:00PM
Music Building

Lehman College Community Service

Pre-Service and Reflection Workshops

Location: The Loft (Old Gym, Suite 302)

During the Pre-Volunteer Workshop students receive a brief introduction to the Office and the service programs available. Once a student has completed a service program, the student returns for the Reflection Workshop. At the Reflection Workshop students discuss a service program that a had a profound effect on them. Student will reflect on their favorite parts of the service program as well as the biggest challenges. Students are encouraged to give suggestions for future service programs.

Workshops will resume Fall 2014

Submit External Volunteer Service Hours

Please complete this form to submit the volunteer hours that you have completed with other organizations or departments.

Submit the Volunteer Service Hours Verification Form ONLINE:
Volunteer Service Hours Verification Form

PRINT the Volunteer Service Hours Verification Form:
Volunteer Service Hours Verification Form (PDF)

Submit External Volunteer Service Hours

Please complete this form for students that have volunteered with your organization or department.

Submit the Department/Organization Volunteer Service Hours Verification Form ONLINE: Department/Organization Volunteer Service Hours Verification Form

PRINT the Department/Organization Volunteer Service Hours Verification Form: Department/Organization Volunteer Service Hours Verification Form (PDF)

New Student Programs:

New Student Orientation is held before the beginning of each semester to help facilitate a smooth transition to Lehman College for First-Year Students and Transfer Students. Research shows that the first six weeks is a crucial period of time in which a student either feels connected to their college, or not. Therefore Lehman College hosts "Weeks of Welcome" which take place during the first six weeks of the Fall Semester.

Community Engagement:

Community Service is a very large part of our day to day operation and includes many of the events listed below.

Ongoing and One-Day Service projects allow students to volunteer for programs on a one-time basis or as a continual volunteer project such as Publicolor, Free Arts NYC Days, Million Trees NYC tree planting, Bronx One On One Mentoring program, participating with Jumpstart on an ongoing basis, Computers for Youth teaching children and their families how to use their new educational system.

Walks/Runs - A wonderful way to involve students in making a difference is to create a team to participate in a walk to raise awareness or money for research. Lehman students have participated in Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera’s “Walk With Me” Against Domestic Violence, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk at Orchard Beach. During the Spring semester members of the Lehman Community participate in the MS Walk and AIDS Walk New York.

Craft of Caring - We recognize that most of our students have quite busy schedules, balancing school, work, family and a host of other experiences. Therefore we continued to hold a series to make service more accessible for those with limited time available.  Through our Craft of Caring series, Lehman students and staff participated in one-day service projects right here on campus. Students can stay at the program for the whole time, or feel free to drop by and contribute for a few minutes. Programs include Treats for Troops care package creation, Surgi-doll sewing, cards and trick or treat bags for the Child Care Center.

Civic Engagement Recognition Day – Our fifth annual ceremony to recognize the work that our students have done in the community and across the globe was held on May 4,2011  Our guest of honor and keynote speaker was Carter Via, Executive Director of Cross Cultural Thresholds. Students’ commitment to civic engagement and global citizenship is recognized at this annual event of those who volunteered for three or more programs. We also recognize outstanding commitment to civic engagement by a student group, outstanding commitment to service by and Orientation Workshop Leader and the award for Excellence in Civic Engagement by a student.

The President’s Service Corps, endorsed by President Ricardo Fernández completed its first full year in existence and inducted 6 new members in May of 2011. This select group of 10 students is made up of the top student leaders in service who will serve as ambassadors for Lehman College in both on- and off-campus volunteer efforts. The President’s Service Corps serves as site leaders, engaging their peers and promoting campus-wide involvement in the community over the next academic year.

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