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Mount Union College Receives Recognition for Community Service

March 25, 2010

Mount Union College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

“This is the fourth year Mount Union has been recognized, which speaks to the dedication of our students to bettering the world,” said Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service.

“We are pleased to once again be recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for our efforts in community service,” said Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “Our mission at Mount Union is to prepare students for meaningful work, fulfilling lives and responsible citizenship. The students here on campus have taken advantage of community-based educational experiences and are truly dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others.”

 

Among the Mount Union projects recognized by the Honor Roll this year are:

Up ’til Dawn is a student-led, student-run philanthropic fundraising program that raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to find new treatments for cancer, sickle cell disease and other catastrophic childhood diseases. In 2010, Mount Union students collectively raised $77,121.92 and in 2009 students raised $73,547.54.

Make a Difference Week was started by Mount Union in 2006 to expand upon Make a Difference Day which is a national, annual event that provides an opportunity for individuals to volunteer and make a difference in their local communities. Sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service, the week included service projects in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, McCrea Manor, Southside Church of God, Cleveland Zoo, Stark Parks, Damascus Elementary School, Interfaith Child Development Center, Copeland Oaks, Alliance Neighborhood Center and Kiwanis’ monthly food distribution, as well as raising money for Autism Speaks and trick or treating for canned goods to benefit the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter and Alliance Food Pantry.

The Dowling Mentor Program is a collaboration between Mount Union College students and middle and high school students in the Alliance City School District. This program is designed to enrich young students' lives by pairing them with mentors for tutoring, cultural, recreational and community service activities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service included a variety of service projects which gave participants the opportunity to improve the lives of others. This year, participants volunteered their time at Alliance Pregnancy Center, Alliance Neighborhood Center, Alliance YMCA, Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, Feed My Sheep Ministries, First Emmanuel, First United Presbyterian Church and the Salvation Army.

The Trash to Treasure Recycling Sale, sponsored by the Student Senate Purple Raider Empowerment Program (PREP), was instituted to empower every Mount Union student, staff and faculty member to address the issue of waste reduction and recycling as well as serve the Alliance community. As students move out of their dorm rooms, they often throw out food, old appliances and other valuables. This project presented the opportunity to recycle these materials and raise funds to benefit United Way.

Great Cities Great Service Courses are academic courses at Mount Union that have a service learning component aimed at youth leadership development.

 

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.

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