Concord Honored for Community Service
Athens, W.Va. – Learn and Serve America, an independent federal program, listed Concord University on its Honor Roll for completing an estimated 30,660 hours of community service in 2007.
“This recognizes campuses that serve the community,” stated Bonnie Dorsey, associate professor of social work, executive director for the Bonner Scholars program, and director for the Civic Engagement minor. “It gives us an opportunity to be recognized for our commitment to the community.”
Dorsey estimated that about 104 students participated in community service from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. Of those, she said, there were about 62 students who did 140 hours of community service per semester in addition to completing full-time course work.
“Several student organizations are active in the community,” she said. “The Concord Social Work Organization (CSWO) cleaned and renovated a historical cemetery and also hosted food and clothing drives. The Bonner Scholars along with Energy Express worked with kids in structured programs. Alpha Phi Omega, sororities, fraternities, and other student organizations also gave of their time and energies for their communities.”
Learn and Serve America is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. Learn and Serve America provides grants to schools, colleges, and nonprofit groups to encourage community service through service learning.
“This is recognition of our interest and commitment to the community,” Dorsey said. “We want to provide education and training, but also give back to the community by being an active member.” Currently there are 10 service learning courses offered through the Division of Social Sciences and volunteer hours are required in eight education classes, according to Dorsey.
“Concord has a spirit of giving and being involved in the community,” she said. “Historically, this aligns with Concord’s sense of responsibility and mission.”
Click on this link: http://www.learnandserve.gov/pdf/2008_honorroll_full.pdf for a complete listing of schools on the Learn & Serve honor roll.
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Andrea Meador, a freshman majoring in English and journalism wrote this news release. Her hometown is Ghent.