Linfield honored for community service

Linfield College was recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year for leadership in civic engagement and service-learning March 4 in Washington, D.C.

Nearly 900 students volunteered almost 50,000 hours of service last year.

The Community Engagement and Service Office helps students find ways to serve communities. According to its office goals, it promotes student learning, development and civic responsibility through co-curricular and curricular service opportunities.

According to its website, the Community Engagement and Service Office has partnerships with more than 100 community-based organizations.

Linfield students participate in service projects locally and around the world. Students help in the McMinnville School District with tutoring and after-school programs. Students have also been a part of Yamhill County’s 10-year Ending Homelessness Plan.

“I like serving the community. Knowing that I can help students succeed and possibly make a difference in their lives keeps me coming back,” sophomore Casey Thein said.

Alternative Spring Break trips provide students with opportunities to help communities in different parts of the country. This year, students traveled to Washington State and Colorado during Alternative Spring Break.

Study abroad programs are a key component to Linfield’s service goals.

This year, Linfield was ranked No. 25 in the nation for participation in Study Abroad programs by the Institute of International Education. For students abroad, Linfield sponsors service projects for health care, outreach to children and housing.

The President’s Honor Roll was established in 2006, and it annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems.

This year, the Honor Roll includes 3.1 million students who provided 118 million community service hours.


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