The University of Georgia has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. It is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning and civic engagement. UGA has been honored each year since 2006.
This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted 641 colleges and universities.
During the 2009-2010 academic year, UGA students contributed more than 350,000 hours, the equivalent of some $6 million in volunteer time, through community service, student activities and academic service-learning courses.
For the 2010 Honor Roll, UGA highlighted projects like the “Dawgs for Haiti” campaign that raised more than $60,000 for the victims of the January 2010 earthquake; Project FOCUS, a service-learning course that paired 140 UGA science students with teachers in the Clarke County School District to provide 3,000 elementary students with more than 6,000 hours of science instruction; and Volunteer UGA, which engaged more than 17,000 UGA students in 629 service activities with some 120 local agencies.
UGA’s Office of Service-Learning, a unit that reports jointly to the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, coordinated the application process.