Local Colleges Recognized for Commitment to Service

June 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

The growing downturn facing our economy sparked President Obama to issue a call to serve to our nation in 2009 in an effort to lay a new foundation for economic growth. The call to service focuses on expanding existing organizations and encouraging Americans to start their own volunteer projects. Obama said that “economic recovery is as much about what you’re doing in your communities as what we’re doing in Washington –- and it’s going to take all of us, working together.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the agency leading Obama’s national call to serve, partners with colleges and universities throughout the country to provide grants for service-learning programs that connect community service with academic class and extracurricular activities.

Last Thursday, CNCS released their annual list honoring the top colleges and universities who support volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Six colleges and universities received the Presidential Award, the highest federal recognition one can receive for its commitment to community service, while 635 others were named to the Honor Roll with Distinction, the Honor Roll, or as finalists. There were 851 applicants for the Honor Roll this year, a nine percent increase from last year, showing that institutions are truly embracing their civic mission. This growth has resulted in more students than ever entering the workforce with a commitment to service.

Cradles to Crayons has seen this result with the growing number of college students getting involved with our mission through general volunteer hours, hosting fundraisers and collections on campus, and our College Corps program. Among those named to the Honor Roll with Distinction were some of C2C’s college and university supporters including Emmanuel College, Lasell College, and Simmons College. Other C2C supporters including Babson College, Bay State College, Bentley University, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State University, Bunker Hill Community College, Clark University, Emerson College, Lesley University, North Shore Community College, Northeastern University, Stonehill College, Suffolk University, Tufts University, and University of Massachusetts, Boston were named to the Honor Roll. Take a look at all of the schools that made the list here. Congratulations to all the honorees and thank you for your outstanding commitment to service!


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