2/23/2009 Linfield selected to community service honor roll
McMINNVILLE -- Linfield College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Launched in 2006, the honor roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. This is the first time Linfield has been recognized for this honor.
Community service is a significant aspect of the Linfield experience and is included in the college mission statement, “Linfield: Connecting Learning, Life, and Community,” according to Linfield College President Thomas L. Hellie.
“Linfield emphasizes not only theoretical, academic education but also practical, community-based learning,” Hellie said. “A true liberal arts education leads inevitably to civic engagement. Thus the measures of a liberally-educated person are the ability and inclination to participate in the life of the community at local, national and global levels. Linfield asks its students to engage in their community from the moment they begin their programs. Our students really do connect learning, life and community.”
Jessica Wade, Linfield College community service coordinator, noted significant accomplishments in both general community service and this year’s special focus area – serving youth from disadvantaged circumstances. Linfield students performed about 19,500 hours of community service in 2007-08. The total translates into a $366,000 contribution by Linfield College students, faculty and staff to the community through curricular and co-curricular service learning, volunteerism and community-based research.
Linfield students participate in local and global service immersions with Habitat for Humanity; campus-community partnerships to end homelessness; community service in schools; and the KidFit program. Two Linfield student-initiated programs target disadvantaged youth including the Linfield College Mentoring Program, in partnership with the Yamhill County Prevention Program, and The Homeless Youth Reading program, in partnership with Yamhill Community Action Partnership.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Linfield was one of nine Oregon institutions honored. For a full listing of colleges selected, visit www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.