Carolina honored for giving back
By Megan Sexton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-1421
There are all sorts of ways the Carolina community gives back to the Columbia community.
For example, in the past year:
--The School of Law organized fall and spring food drives, providing 52,079 pounds of donated food.
--The Capstone Scholars hosted a Service Friday each month, where students worked at Harvest Hope Food Bank or St. Lawrence Place.
--Volunteers from the English Program for Internationals visited the Department of Juvenile Justice to talk with youth offenders and help with a gardening project.
--Students in a “Spanish for Healthcare Providers” service-learning class translate for patients in clinics that serve Columbia’s Spanish-speaking population.
All told, Gamecocks gave 472,152 hours of service to the community in 2011-12, according to data collected by the Office of Community Service Programs at USC. That service work, completed by 30,676 members of the Carolina community, amounts to a more than $9.2 million economic impact on the community. More than $1.2 million in financial support was donated by the USC community.
During the 2011-2012 school year, 1,858 students were enrolled in service-learning classes, a 33 percent increase from the previous academic year. USC offered 47 sections of 33 courses, a 13 percent increase from 2010-11.
The work has earned USC federal recognition for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement, with Carolina named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. USC Upstate also earned a spot on the list.
“Community service is critical to the college leadership experience. I truly believe that, as a university community, participation in our many service projects allows us to see the world differently and to understand that one person can make a difference," President Harris Pastides said. "I am grateful for this presidential honor, but even more grateful for the quiet concern and compassion shown daily by our Carolina family.”
The President’s Honor Roll, which highlights the nation's leading colleges and universities for their commitment to bettering their communities through service, was created in 2006. USC has earned a spot on the honor roll each year.
A total of 690 higher education institutions were named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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