Lafayette College student Edgar Gonzalez '14 paints inside Easton's Southside Neighborhood Center during Lafapalooza 2012
Hundreds of Lafayette students, faculty, staff, and alumni will once again join together to help community organizations in Easton and cities across the country during April and May for Lafapalooza 2013: Lafayette’s National Month of Service.

Members of the Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley have organized volunteers to assist with trail cleanup of the Karl Stirner Arts Trail between 13th and Bushkill Streets at 8:30 – 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20 (rain date: Sunday, April 21).

On Saturday, April 27, Lafayette students will participate in Lafapalooza in the Easton area.  Hosted by the Landis Community Outreach Center, various local volunteer projects will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Easton, ProJeCt of Easton, Habitat for Humanity, the Easton Area Neighborhood Center, the Weed and Seed program, the YMCA, the Easton Area Community Center, and many more. Projects include indoor and outdoor clean-ups, leading youth groups, painting, gardening, and other activities to help local not-for-profit organizations.

Lafayette students work at the ProJeCt of Easton's community gardens during Lafapalooza 2010
Students work at the ProJeCt of Easton’s community
gardens during Lafapalooza 2010

In addition to the projects happening in Easton, eight regional Lafayette alumni chapters will be coordinating and participating in volunteer activities nationwide through early May.

In Philadelphia and New Jersey, alumni will help with trail and green space cleanup and maintenance. Boston-area alumni will work at the city’s Red Cross food pantry, one of the largest emergency food pantries in New England. In New York City, Lafayette alums will participate in New York Cares Day, giving attention to green spaces and areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Other alumni community service projects include a Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., and a bike ride with roadside cleanup by members of the Jersey Shore South alumni chapter.

The Landis Center at Lafayette hosts dozens of programs and organizations dedicated to helping local, national, and international communities throughout the year, including the Alternative School Break Club, Hunger and Homelessness Week, America Reads America Counts, Make a Difference Day, Best Buddies, Literacy Day, Kids in the Community, and many others.


Caption: Lafayette student Edgar Gonzalez ’14 paints inside Easton’s
Southside Neighborhood Center during Lafapalooza 2012
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lafayette College / Chuck Zovko Photography