Guest Post: Marilou Allen Office of Service and Community Collaboration

Hello Class of 2022!

Haverford is excited to welcome you all onto campus in a few short days!

My name is Sarah Curtis (Class of 2020) and I am a staff member with the Marilou Allen Office of Service and Community Collaboration (formally 8th Dimension). I’m writing today to inform you all about how community service and engagement will shape your Customs experience.

First, a brief introduction to the OSCC. the OSCC is comprised of eight student staff members who plan events and service trips (both around campus and in greater Philadelphia) as well as work with satellite student groups (ex: Street Outreach (which feeds homeless people in Philly weekly), or Stitch and Bitch (which knits clothing for homeless people in Philly)) to get students involved in the greater Philadelphia community. The OSCC also oversees the summer camp “Serendipity” which makes Haverford its home in the summer. The student staff members at the OSCC are dedicated to confronting inequality and enacting positive change in our communities. We support students by making service inclusive, accessible and meaningful. By challenging their ideas about service and the communities they work with, we facilitate growth and learning. We aim to build relationships with, and advocate for, the groups we serve. Through connecting students with opportunities we provide tangible ways to engage outside the classroom.

Each student staff member undertakes a year-long partnership with a community organization in local Philly. My partnership for example is with Mill Creek Farm, an urban is West Philly. Any student can participate in community service with the OSCC, but if you think you would be interested in becoming a staff member and undertaking a community partnership, we will be accepting applications in the spring of 2019.

Now, onto the part of the blogpost that directly pertains to all of you. Every first year Customs group will participate in a service trip organized by the OSCC and your Ambassador of Multicultural Affairs. For this service trip you might be outside weeding on an urban farm, packaging food in a food bank, or helping with wildlife conservation. Each service trip will take place on a Saturday morning in the fall.

For my first year service trip my hall and I worked with Cradles to Crayons (an organization that provides school and life supplies to impoverished families with children) to help clean and sort donated shoes. It was a great bonding experience for my frosh hall and we took some fun photos:

Your frosh service trip could also be a great way to get off campus and explore Philly; and we hope that these trips will inspire all of you to take advantage of both our resources, and those of greater Philadelphia.

If you have any questions about the service days feel free to reach out to the OSCC student staff members at We hope you enjoy your service days and look forward to working with all of you in the future!



Your 2018-19 OSCC staff members:

Gabe Halperin-Goldstein ’19

Dita Cavdarbasha ’19

Seanna Viechweg ’19

Jharna Jahnavi ’19

Sarah Curtis ’20

Angie Petrichenko ’21

Mary Cott ’21

Catherine Kim ’21