Coe named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

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2011-05-20 14:29:59 - General

Coe College has been named to the 2010 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 2009-2010 school year at Coe, 739 students participated in community service, and 255 gave more than 20 hours of service each semester. All totaled, Coe students provided more than 16,700 hours of service to the community.

The Coe programs that included the highest levels of volunteerism included Six Days of Service and Greek community service philanthropy projects. All totaled, 284 Coe students involved in Greek life volunteered more than 5,300 hours of service and raised over $21,000 for charity.

The efforts were organized by Coordinator of Service Learning and Leadership Mandi McReynolds, in conjunction with AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers Wendy Steffen and Kellie Griffin.

“We are pleased that nearly 60 percent of Coe students have chosen to become involved in meaningful community service projects,” said McReynolds. “Once again this year, 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 a participant in the Iowa Campus Compact and other state volunteerism programs, and hosts a site for the AmeriCorps VISTA program. In the past few years, the college has had 34 students participate in the AmeriCorps VISTA Education Award Program and AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Program, one AmeriCorps recruiter, and seven full-time VISTA members. Together, these individuals have contributed more than 25,000 hours of service to the college and community, which equates to about $425,000 worth of service.

Coe is one of 641 colleges and universities named to this year’s honor roll. This is the second time Coe has received the award.