What We Value
Civic Engagement and Sustainability
The Ursinus experience is about gaining the skills to live a life of purpose, to graduate students whose success is intertwined with the welfare of others. The Ursinus Center for Advocacy, Responsibility and Engagement (UCARE) is the focal point for community service and civic engagement at Ursinus.
It introduces students to the needs of the community and provides opportunities to connect the classroom and society. It encourages students to make positive change, and helps develop the skills and motivation to make a difference. From growing produce to tutoring, Ursinus students make an impact in the Collegeville community. Among many volunteer sites are Heartland Hospice, ACLAMO in Norristown, America Reads tutoring sites, Montgomery County Victim Services, the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League, Columbia Cottage and Trinity United Church of Christ. The Ursinus Office of Sustainability is actively engaged in the greater community.
Last year the Ursinus Organic Farm partnered with the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) as a vendor at the Collegeville Farmers’ Market, selling freshly harvested produce and talking with community members about a shared love of local agriculture. The offices of Sustainability and Facilities Services, the Environmental Studies program and UCARE participate in the annual Stream Cleanup organized by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy (PWC). Thirty student volunteers worked 768 hours in a sustainable “Move-Out,” and donated 829 pounds of clothing.