March 6, 2013

Emmanuel Earns Distinction on the 2013 President’s Community Service Honor Roll

Emmanuel College was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, one of just five Massachusetts colleges/universities to earn the award. The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education's 95th annual meeting, Leading Change, on March 4th, in Washington, D.C.

This is the fourth straight year the College has been recognized with distinction. The President's Honor Roll, launched in 2006, celebrates the nation's leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) administers the annual Honor Roll award.

The 2013 competition sought to honor institutions with high-quality service programs that developed collaborative community partnerships and addressed significant community needs. Emmanuel was one of 113 colleges and universities around the country recognized by the CNCS in its 2013 Honor Roll with Distinction, with a total of 690 higher education institutions named to the Honor Roll overall.

Including Emmanuel, three of the five Massachusetts colleges recognized with distinction are members of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium-Simmons College and Wheelock College also received the honor. Beginning on March 9th, these three schools will team up for the Boston segment of one of Emmanuel's most popular service programs, Alternative Spring Break. The theme of the Boston project is "Food Justice," a goal that seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed and eaten are shared fairly. During the week, the group will volunteer at St. Francis House, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Franciscan Food Center and OLPH Mission Grammar After School.

In all, nearly 70 members of the Emmanuel College community will participate in this year's Alternative Spring Break locally and across the country. In New Orleans, volunteers will work with the St. Bernard Project, rebuilding the homes of Hurricane Katrina survivors. The Wheeling, W.V., group will assist in the renovation of deteriorating housing within the town, participate in the Laughlin Memorial Chapel's daily after-school program and provide service at the Catholic Neighborhood Center, a soup kitchen next to the Chapel. For the 11th-consecutive year, a group will travel to Phoenix, Ariz., to work with Andre House and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, doing office work, laundry, clothes sorting and distribution and food preparation and service.

Throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, Emmanuel students completed more than 35,000 service hours. These hours included volunteer activities such as New Student Day of Service, America Reads, the Sunday Service Group, toy drives, community clean-ups and many others.

The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. It is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

To see the entire list of Honor Roll with Distinction recipients, click here.