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Feb. 25, 2010—Volunteer efforts by North Central College students, faculty and staff are being recognized by a federal agency that leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
North Central 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 administers the annual Honor Roll award and engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs. Visit www.nationalservice.gov to learn more.
North Central College was recognized for its national and international service trips, its partnerships between the Uncommon Life Movement student group and World Relief organization to aid refugees, and for large-scale local service projects. The College's Office of Ministry and Service coordinates many projects. Visit http://northcentralcollege.edu/content/serve-others to learn more about community service at North Central.
Every year during the College's December Term, spring break and summer break, North Central sends teams of students to serve in communities. In 2008-2009 students served with the Appalachian Service Project in Kentucky, Mission of Hope in Haiti, Casa de Los Angeles daycare in Mexico, three Habitat for Humanity sites across the country, the L'Arche community in Florida for people with disabilities, Youth Service Opportunities’ homelessness outreach in New York, Center for Student Missions in Washington, D.C., and Koinonia Community's centers for street children in Nairobi, Kenya. Visit http://northcentralcollege.edu/content/serve-others to learn more about service/mission trips.
North Central partners with World Relief Aurora to serve as tutors, friendship partners, homework helpers and interns with new refugee families by providing everything needed to set up the refugees’ apartments, receive them at the airport and continue to support them weekly as they adjust to life in America. The partnership benefits North Central students by creating career paths in social service and cross-cultural work, and increases the capacity of World Relief staff to assist local refugees with their adjustment. Visit http://worldreliefaurora.org/ to learn more about World Relief Aurora.
North Central’s two large-scale community service events are Into the Streets in the fall and Intersection in the spring. Into the Streets is part orientation in which first-year students serve the local community by volunteered with the meal-distribution organization Feed My Starving Children or picking up trash in local forest preserves. On Intersection Day, North Central faculty and staff volunteers devote a day to helping six social service agencies in Aurora and Naperville: Bryan House, Hesed House, Katherine Manor, Sudanese Community Center, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Rebuilding Together.
The Corporation for National and Community Service 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 North Central 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 Corporation oversees the Honor Roll with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.