Coe named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

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2010-03-01 15:08:25 - General

Coe College has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The award represents the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning and community engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual honor roll award, recognizes colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty and staff to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.

During the 2008-2009 school year at Coe, 859 students participated in community service, and 14 gave more than 20 hours of service each semester. All totaled, Coe students provided more than 5,500 hours of service to the community.

The largest single effort mounted by Coe was the "Flooding the City with Service" program, in which 604 students provided 3,139 hours of volunteerism following the Cedar Rapids flood of 2008. Members of the Coe community participated in eight different events and projects as part of the effort, encompassing everything from mucking out and gutting houses to building a playground in a flood-affected area. The efforts were organized by Coordinator of Service Learning and Leadership Mandi McReynolds.

"We are pleased that nearly 70 percent of Coe students have chosen to become involved in meaningful community service projects," said McReynolds. "We are gratified to receive this national award in recognition of the work our students have done in support of a better Cedar Rapids community."

Coe is one of 700 colleges and universities named to this year's honor roll. This is the first time Coe has received the award.