About 700 LC students contributed 71,064 hours of community service in 2010-11 to earn University of Lynchburg a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012.
In addition to serving as tutors, feeding the hungry, rasing money for the homeless (left), and providing sweat equity for a number of local schools and organizations, LC students provide substantial economic support in the greater Lynchburg area and beyond.
Students, faculty, and staff helped raise more than $91,000 for projects in 2010-11, ranging from $26,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to $500 for Jubilee Family Development Center in Lynchburg.
Students took charge of projects to raise money for wells in Uganda, supplies for a local military unit serving in Afghanistan, money for local homeless shelters, and to staff a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia Carnival on the LC campus.
“Community service allows students to go out into the community and gain real-life experience and an understanding of the challenges in their community,” said Chris Gibbons, director of Office of Community Involvement, LC’s volunteer program. “It also helps ignite their own passion for service.”
LC, which was also on the honor roll in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010 was one of 17 colleges and universities in Virginia to make the honor roll. In addition, James Madison University and Washington and Lee University made the presidential honor roll with distinction.
The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs, and is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Nationwide in 2011, 2.5 million college students dedicated more than 105 million hours of service valued at more than $2.2 billion.
03/14/2012, University of Lynchburg Communications and Marketing