LCM’s STEP Center offers a wide range of different volunteer opportunities for anyone who wants to get involved. They vary from one time opportunities to semester long service- connecting students to faith-based and nonprofit service projects in the city.
We also sponsor events to raise awareness and money to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters. On World AIDs Day every year we use the commemorative Aids Quilt to encourage students to participate in testing, educational, and support campaigns. Writing Holiday Cards to send to troops far from home, painting a community theater, and moving a piano to the home of an elderly music lover are some other examples. When disaster strikes we mobilize; for example mounting a campus wide collection for health kits to send to Haiti.
We also join with Hendricks chapel projects. For example, LCM co-sponsors the annual Crop Walk, where we walk in solidarity with those who don’t have clean drinking and enough food. Of the money raised, 75% goes towards solving world hunger, while 25% is used to battle local problems.
Many of the STEP Center’s initiatives work to get students immersed in the city of Syracuse and beyond.
The STEP Center connects with the First English Lutheran Church through food pantries, clothing closets, a monthly barbeque dubbed Hotdogs in the Kingdom, and Ten Tons of Love, an initiative to gather food, clothes, furniture, etc., from dorms at the end of each semester to donate to city residents.
The STEP Center works with the Syracuse South Side’s Atonement Lutheran church to bring student volunteers on site to the work with kids in the church’s aftercare program. By spurring SU students to become positive role models and influences in the lives of the children, this alliance forges a powerful connection between the city and the school.
Building relationships across cultures is an exciting experience the STEP Center makes possible in a wide variety of ways – through urban immersion events, and through academic projects such as IST Capstone classes designing and building a website for the Karen refugees from Burma who have settled in Syracuse.
Gain experience putting your knowledge and skills to make a better world.
Have a great idea? Want to make a difference? The STEP Center will help you make it happen.
For example, we mounted a health kit campaign after the earthquake in Haiti.
Our premier example is Sun Raisers.
Building websites for non-profits in the city.
From anthropology to public policy, from creative writing to information studies, see where your gifts meet the world’s needs.