Coe named to President's Community Service Honor Roll

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2014-12-11 09:45:29 - General

Coe College has been named to the 2014 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 2013-14 school year, Coe students served more than 19,000 hours and raised over $57,000 in funds and in-kind donations of food, clothing and books. Coe students mentored and tutored over 730 at-risk youth in the Cedar Rapids area, and participated in 14 large-scale service events throughout the year.

The efforts were organized in large part by Director of Service-Learning and Campus Engagement Kayla Lyftogt Vande Haar and Program Coordinator Tess Werner.

"Once again this year, we are honored to receive this national award in recognition of the work our students have done to support the Cedar Rapids community," said Lyftogt Vande Haar. "We are excited about the momentum that this award gives our program and plan to deepen our community involvement in the year to come."

Some of the Coe programs that represented the highest levels of volunteerism were the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program and the Greek community's service philanthropy projects. The 375 Coe students involved in Greek life served more than 7,000 hours, raised approximately $26,000 for charity, collected and donated over 600 pounds of food, and saved community organizations $122,850 in time and resources.

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 37 students participate in the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program and AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Program, one AmeriCorps recruiter, and seven full-time VISTA members. Together, these individuals have contributed more than 30,000 hours of service to the college and community, which equates to about $515,000 worth of service.

Coe is one of 766 colleges and universities named to this year's honor roll. This is the fourth time Coe has received the award.