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Allen College Receives National Recognition for Community Service


WATERLOO (KWWL) —Allen College has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.

"Congratulations to Allen College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities," said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service."

The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the 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 award was based on the service hours and activities performed during the 2008-2009 academic school year. During that academic year, 175 of the 416 enrolled students were engaged in community service activities for a total of 2,213 hours. Allen College submitted three community service projects for award consideration. They included the Parochial School Screening Project, the ACE-SAP (Allen Community Engagement-Salvation Army Program) Free Clinic and the Salvation Army Blood Pressure and Foot Screening Clinic.

In addition, Allen College has established 11 community partners for the 2009-2010 school year. These partners are the focus of service-learning projects developed by Allen College students. Partners include: Allen Women's Health Center; Cedar Valley Support Services; American Red Cross; Beyond Pink Team; Boys and Girls Club; Carver Washington Academy; Cedar Valley Hospice; Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging; Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa; Northeast Iowa Food Bank; and Character Counts: Young Leaders of Character.

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector. In 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by CNCS. Each year, CNCS invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

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