Lycoming College Chapter of ACES

The Impact of Your Support

The student group:

LACESLACES is the Lycoming College chapter of ACES, Advancing Communities by Educating and Serving, a nonprofit organization that benefits communities in the Dominican Republic. It was created in December 2012 and has already won the college's Student Organization of the Year and Outstanding Community Service Program awards for its alternative spring break trip.

The mission:

To bring awareness to developing countries, specifically the Dominican Republic, and to aid citizens through community service.

The events:

Despite being a young organization, LACES has been turning heads with events such as "The Big Switch," which gave Lycoming students the opportunity to change places with administrators and staff for a day. Group members also volunteered as a part of ACES' Zombie 5K fundraiser, which encouraged community members to do their best undead impression for a good cause.

The impact:

Most LACES members take a "life-changing" journey to the Dominican Republic during May Term or as part of a community service trip.

"There are no words in any language that can express what I felt during our volunteer work in the Dominican Republic. Much of our manual labor involved distributing donations amongst various communities, building a garden for a school and gathering sand for a greenhouse construction project, all of which were physically challenging but satisfying."
Miranda Gavrila '16