Saint Joseph’s Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll
Thursday, March 7, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (March 7, 2013) - For the seventh consecutive year, Saint Joseph’s University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has recognized the colleges and universities that are highly committed to volunteering and community service since 2006.
The University’s selection was based upon a series of factors, including the range and innovation of its service projects, the extent of the student body’s participation in service activities, and the incentives and service-learning courses the University offers its students.
“Saint Joseph’s strives to be a community of ‘persons with and for others,’” says President C. Kevin Gillespie ’72, S.J. “This week alone, 470 students and facilitators are spending their spring break at 16 service sites in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, marking the 20th year of our Appalachian Experience program.”
Among the options offered by Saint Joseph’s to students interested in community service and volunteer work are opportunities to help persons with disabilities, the homeless and the elderly. Additionally, the University regularly sponsors a number of service-immersion trips, such as the Appalachian Experience, where students spend a week or more living and working in communities in need.
- 600 students contributed a total of 19,000 volunteer hours at 34 community sites through SJU’s Campus Ministry Service and Social Justice programs.
- Through service-learning courses, 614 students gave 18,400 hours of service in partnership with 63 community organizations, from elementary schools to agencies dedicated to persons with disabilities, advocacy, health care, the homeless and the incarcerated; , 31 faculty and staff also contributed 6,000 hours.
- In total, some 2,500 Saint Joseph’s students engaged in some form of community service for a total of 161,300 service hours.
Stated Fr. Gillespie, “I am so proud of the young men and women who have embraced this cornerstone of a Saint Joseph’s education. Clearly, service to others is deeply felt, and lived, at Saint Joseph’s.”
Each year, CNCS works in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education to sponsor the Honor Roll.
“Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”
This year’s Honor Roll recipients were announced on March 4 at the American Council on Education’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.