M3C Program Provides Community Service Opportunities, Assistance for College

May 27, 2010

Students who are selected for the Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar (M3C) Fellows Program complete 300 hours of community service throughout the course of a year and receive a $1,000 AmeriCorps education award.

Mount Union became a host campus for the M3C Program five years ago, and since then it has grown from nine students participating annually to 24, making it one of the two largest programs in the state of Ohio. It is also considered a model program in the ten state consortium led by Wisconsin Campus Compact. 

“The M3C program is a great opportunity for students to serve part-time in the AmeriCorps.  Not every student will be able to devote the full year or two to AmeriCorps service after graduation, so these part-time programs are excellent ways to fill in that gap,” said Heather Eichner, Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA.  Eichner serves as co-advisor for the M3C program at Mount Union alongside Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service.

Students in the M3C program begin their service in September and participate in various service activities throughout the year.  This year’s cohorts spent time serving in schools and animal shelters, as well as volunteering at community meals, the Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinner and in the Super Service Saturday program.  Many students also traveled on the alternative spring break trips to Atlanta, GA, Charlestown, SC and St. Croix in the Virgin Islands.  In addition, students who have community service Federal Work Study jobs can also count those hours toward the program. “Service hours completed in conjunction with student organizations, as part of coursework and in other communities all count toward M3C service hours.  It’s a flexible program,” Espenschied-Reilly added.

“Community service has always been a part of my life,” explained Sarah Snyder, a junior accounting major from North Canton, OH and two year M3C alumna. “Once I got to Mount Union, I wanted to continue being involved in helping others.  M3C is a great way to get involved with service on campus and in the community.  It has helped me to meet a variety of people and help others and the community in ways I didn't even know existed.   I love being a part of this program and I am very glad I joined!”

Students interested in the program should apply online before Sunday, August 1. Students must be US citizens and have not served more than one year previously in the AmeriCorps.  Preference is given to students in financial need or who are first generation college students.  The application can be found online at www.mountunion.edu/m3c-app or on iRaider under Student Life. For more information, contact Chris Pontius at (330) 823-3296 or pontiucm@mountunion.edu.

 
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