by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH
October 19, 2006
Cedarville, Ohio-Cedarville University has been named to the first-ever President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The University was selected for a demonstrated commitment to community service and hurricane relief. A full list of the honored schools is available at www.nationalservice.gov
According to Honor Roll organizers, the Honor Roll is co-sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. They note, "This new recognition program is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions that college students are making within their local communities and across the country through volunteer service. . The Honor Roll program's special emphasis this year is on recognizing service activities performed in response to the Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005."
Cedarville University's commitment to hurricane relief this past year included . $144,223 raised in relief monies (most of that donated by students) and 638 student, faculty, and staff relief team volunteers. The volunteers gave up their Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and/or Spring Breaks to provide clean-up and construction assistance in the hardest-hit areas of Mississippi and Louisiana.
Back home in the Miami Valley, hundreds of Cedarville University student volunteers (nearly 25 percent of the student body) participate in community ministry activities, from nursing home and jail visitation to at-risk child mentoring and English instruction. Their efforts are led by two full-time staff members devoted to community ministry coordination. Learn more about community ministries at Cedarville