Providence, R.I. – For the fourth consecutive year, Providence College has been chosen to the Corporation for National and Community Service President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
To be named to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty, and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
PC earned its recognition on the 2010 honor roll for its commitment to service in the community. The College has developed a number of significant resources to support service that impacts the campus and the surrounding community.
Several key offices and departments were highlighted, including The Feinstein Institute for Public and Community Service, Campus Ministry, and the Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership (S.A.I.L.).
Another focal point of community service considered was the establishment of the Standing Committee on Service, created by President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 in 2008. Each department represented on the standing committee has provided support and collaboration by collecting service data of PC students each semester.
Other factors examined for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll membership include exemplary projects that had measurable impacts on the community. Some of those projects were English Language Workshops, Smith Hill Recreation Night, and Building Bridges/Urban Action.
English Language Workshops involved five faculty and 50 service-learning students teaching English workshops for a total of 1,892 service hours. This was in collaboration with local nonprofits and the Providence Housing Authority. At two Providence housing complexes for elderly and disabled residents, volunteers provided tailored lessons on vocabulary and grammar for residents who are mostly refugees or immigrants.
Smith Hill Recreation Night, held on a weekly basis to offer safe activities for Smith Hill neighborhood youths (75), had 18 students and eight faculty and staff members combine to volunteer for 3,000 service hours.
Building Bridges and Urban Action encouraged more than 1,000 students to donate thousands of hours of volunteer services (6,756). For Urban Action, students are selected to participate and arrive on campus before school begins. Led by upperclassmen, 150 freshmen spent three days working - rain or shine - on outdoor and indoor service projects important to the Providence community. Flowing from this initiative is another called Building Bridges. It creates community both inside and outside the boundaries of the Providence College campus by engaging all first-year students, faculty, staff, and community partners in day-long service projects as part of the New Student Orientation program.
The corporation selects its annual list of honorees based on the scope and innovation of the school’s service projects, the percentage of student participation in community service, and the extent to which a college offers academic service-learning courses. Additionally, applicants are required to have at least seven percent of allotted work-study funds committed to off-campus nonprofit organizations and schools.