A Community Partner
For more than 146 years, Lebanon Valley College has been an integral part of Annville and the greater Lebanon Valley—and the benefits have been mutual. The people of LVC make an impact on Annville and the wider community. They volunteer thousands of service hours each year to numerous local organizations. They buy goods and services that create jobs and support local businesses. LVC employees purchase homes in the community, and they are active as school board members, volunteer firefighters, and nonprofit volunteers.
The Lebanon Valley Education Partnership (LVEP) was established in 1989 between LVC and the Lebanon School District to encourage children to study, stay in school, and aspire to attend college. Currently, there are 26 LVEP scholars pursuing an LVC degree and 34 LVEP scholars have completed an LVC degree. LVC also provides Annville-Cleona School District students 12 scholarship classes each semester (worth $154,462 dating back to July 2001) and has agreements with three Lebanon County school districts for their students to be dually enrolled at LVC. Finally, of those LVC students from Lebanon County, 94 percent received nearly $3.5 million in institutional aid (grants, scholarships, and fellowships) directly from LVC.
Vernon and Doris Bishop Library
Local residents can borrow from the more than 160,000 items in the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library print monograph collection. Also, from within the library, visitors can access more than 100,000 electronic books, 40,000 electronic journals, and more than 100 online databases.
The Arnold Sports Center and Heilman Center provide recreational activities and fitness programs that are available to local residents for an affordable membership fee. And, local schools use our award-winning athletic fields for interscholastic competition and practice.
Many LVC educational events and programs are open and free to the community. These include an annual free performance by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, ValleyFest, Christmas at the Valley, concerts, recitals, student theater, and art shows. Each year, the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery features six exhibits ranging from local artists to historic masters. In addition, the student-run theater group—Wig and Buckle—performs plays and musicals to which the public is warmly invited each year. The upcoming schedule includes “Chess,” “Private Lives,” “Proof,” and “A Doll's House.”
The College was the largest private donor to both phases of the Annville Streetscape Project that revitalized the historic downtown. This year, the College presents a $50,000 check to Annville Township that represents the fifth installment of our latest $250,000 pledge to match monies Annville has received from the Commonwealth.
Lebanon Valley College employed 419 full- and part-time faculty, administrators, and staff in 2011 who resided in Lebanon County representing a payroll of $12.1 million. The College’s total payroll for all employees in that same year totaled $19.6 million. Of the $12.1 million in payroll paid to Lebanon County residents by the College, $3.9 million went to employees residing in the greater Annville area.
In keeping with the College’s mission to prepare students for a life of service to others, Lebanon Valley College encourages its students to become active community volunteers. LVC students volunteered more than 20,000 hours of their time during the most recent academic year supporting numerous local organizations and neighbors. For example, physical therapy students opened a free physical therapy treatment center—C.U.R.E.—that provides assistance to patients of the Lebanon Free Clinic, and business students continued their annual participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance lab as part of a program to help low income, elderly, and otherwise disadvantaged taxpayers get their taxes done for free.
More than 2,000 LVC alumni live in Lebanon County (1,880 households) and 261 LVC alumni live in greater Annville (239 households).
We are proud of the deep and mutually beneficial relationship between the College and its neighbors, and are grateful for these connections that make the Lebanon Valley such a wonderful place to live.