McDaniel named to national community service honor roll
McDaniel College has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. This is the first time that McDaniel has been named to the Honor Roll.
“Receiving this award is a very important step in our continued efforts to provide significant opportunities for our students to engage with their communities,” says Julia Jasken, director of the college’s Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO). “We're proud of what we've accomplished so far, but are also looking forward to the future. We are eager to continue forging new relationships with communities in Carroll County.”
Sara Krome, who works in the CEO as associate director of community outreach and initiatives, added, “There is an incredible amount of service-oriented work completed by the college in partnership with the community."
McDaniel students engaged in nearly 112,000 community service hours during the yearlong period covered by the Honor Roll, according to Krome.
A commitment to support service-learning and community outreach experiences is a core part of McDaniel College's mission statement: “Through flexible academic programs, collaborative and experiential learning, and global engagement, McDaniel prepares students for successful lives of leadership, service, and social responsibility.”
A key component of McDaniel's application was the college's partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, which was formed in 2010 to strengthen the relationship between the campus and club, with increased volunteer opportunities, access to college facilities and events, and club-based programming.
Also included in the application was McDaniel's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) currently in its 22nd year at the College, and the unique and innovative partnership between McDaniel and Target Community & Educational Services, Inc., in developing a master's degree in human services management, which has become the core of Target's Community Living Program.
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.
A full list of honorees is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.