For more than 30 years, Dayspring has blessed the Lancaster, PA community and beyond through service.
Each year, each grade level at Dayspring participates in many community service projects including our yearly Serve for Education initiative. Additionally, Dayspring’s National Honor Society is involved in local outreach initiatives to bless our Lancaster, PA community. Our community is also touched through outreaches organized by Dayspring’s Student Government.
Naturally, Dayspring Christian Academy seeks to develop the servant character of Christ within the students by including a community service requirement for graduation. This requirement serves to encourage students to take part in restoring America to her Gospel purpose as they open their eyes, hearts, and hands to the needs and opportunities that are all around them and volunteer to assist community organizations and/or civil institutions or agencies (i.e., governmental or political) for at least twenty-five hours during their high school careers.
The objective is that the young people interact within their communities; therefore, activities that are designed specifically to impact the church community only, such as teaching Sunday school classes, helping in the nursery, leading worship in church, setting up chairs for the service, etc., while greatly appreciated and needful, are not included in the number of service hours required. Church-related outreaches into the community or world at large (e.g., missions trips) are eligible.
Matthew 5:14-16: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (NIV).
Organizations we have served through National Honor Society, Student Government, Serve for Education, and other initiatives include:
Power Packs Project
Power Packs Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that aims to improve the mental and physical health of children by helping their parents provide nutritious meals over weekends when school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable to them.
GAIN Warehouse, now Unto
Over the course of 25 years of operation, Unto™ has leveraged strategic global partnerships and the service of dedicated volunteers to relieve suffering through humanitarian aid in more than 75 countries. Unto™ serves people around the world as part of Cru’s diverse, 190-country network.
Water Street Ministries
Water Street is a non-profit Mission located in downtown Lancaster, PA committed to serving the homeless and the hungry. The city campus includes a dining hall, shelter for men, women and children, a computer center, counseling and life-skills coaching.
Mountville Fire Company
Mountville Fire Company is a donation-funded, 100% volunteer fire department serving the communities of Mountville Borough, West Hempfield Township, parts of East Hempfield Township and surrounding municipalities. Serving the community with 2 Class A Engines, a Special Service (Air, Power & Light Unit), and a Command vehicle.
West Hempfield Police Department
The West Hempfield Police Department is 21 police officers proudly serving over 16,000 residents.
Conestoga View Nursing and Rehabilitation
Conestoga View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center offers short-and long-term rehabilitation as well as nursing care, specialized memory support, respiratory therapy, and hospice and respite care.
Faith Friendship Village
The mission of FFM is to demonstrate Christian love by providing supportive care, and residential services, primarily to those with mental health issues and limited resources, affirming and empowering each person as a part of our family.
VA Hospital in Lebanon
Lebanon VA Medical Center provides health care for Veterans in South Central PA.
North Star Initiative
North Star Initiative supports women who are survivors of domestic sex trafficking by providing physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual care through a Christ-centered focus.
If your organization can benefit from student service, please feel free to reach out.