NWC honored for community service
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
“Northwestern has a strong commitment to supporting a number of innovative and effective community service and service-learning initiatives, and this selection recognizes those efforts,” says Marlon Haverdink, Northwestern’s director of service learning. “This recognition validates what those of us who have the privilege of working with Northwestern students see every day: Our students care deeply about their neighbors and their communities. When needs arise in the community, our students rise to the occasion and use their creativity, passion and knowledge to address those needs.”
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovativeness 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.
Last year, more than 630 Northwestern students were engaged in forms of community service, such as ministering to the local
“I’m amazed at our students’ high level of motivation and commitment to service,” says Haverdink. “They become involved because their faith compels them to care for their neighbors in real, tangible ways.”
“College students are tackling the toughest problems in
The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by CNCS, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. More information is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. The organization administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations.