Trinity Receives National Recognition for Community Service Efforts
Trinity Christian College has been named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs.
Last year, 650 Trinity students volunteered more than 7,800 hours through the College’s Office of Community Partnerships, student service efforts, and classroom-related service opportunities.
“America’s youth seem to be awakening to their civic and service responsibilities,” said President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D. “In fact, some are calling them the next greatest generation.
“I’m pleased that Trinity students have been and continue to be alert and responsive to these responsibilities in a way that demonstrates a deep and responsive Christian faith.”
Students volunteered a total of 4,600 hours to two of Trinity’s premier community service programs through the Office of Community Partnerships: the Child’s Elementary School project (Robbins, Illinois) and the Restoration Ministries program (Harvey, Illinois). Others volunteer opportunities include working with special needs children, tutoring in after-school-programs, completing 300 hours through the Midwest Campus Compact Citizens Scholars Fellowship program (M3C).
“My experiences with service-learning have strengthened my desire to be a servant in all areas of my life. I believe that with being a servant you can also be a leader and organize people to change,” said Susana Medina ’09 of Chicago.
Medina has been extensively involved in service both through the Office of Community Partnerships and on her own. “I love to serve people in order that they may discover their full potential--to learn about themselves and their surroundings and how they may be able to serve others.”
The College, one of 21 colleges and universities in Illinois to qualify in 2008, has been honored each year since the Honor Roll was launched in 2006. That year Trinity was named for “distinction for hurricane relief service” in recognition of the 3,200 hours students, faculty, and staff volunteered in clean-up efforts.
The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.
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