CHARLESTON, Ill. (WTHI) - Eastern Illinois University has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education for its commitment to bettering its community through service and service learning.
The President's Higher Education 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 CNCS, which has administered the National Service Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 schools, colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 – including Eastern Illinois University -- were named to the Honor Roll.
EIU was admitted for its work in volunteerism and community service. This past year, Eastern students have completed more than 110,000 hours of community service, including direct and indirect service to more than 40 different organizations in the Coles County area, as well as in-classroom service with faculty members.
These efforts represent an on-going long-term commitment EIU students have to their community.
Release from Eastern Illinois University
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