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Willamette Honored Nationally for Community Service

Willamette University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America's communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service launched the honor roll in 2006 as the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of students participating in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

"This award is a testament to the dedicated service work happening across campus," said Laura Clerc, Willamette's Community Outreach Program director. "There are so many Willamette students, faculty and staff making significant contributions to their community. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and thank them for their ongoing commitment to volunteerism."

Willamette students, faculty and staff volunteer about 65,000 hours annually. Their numerous activities include traveling across the country for service learning projects through the Take a Break spring and winter break program; serving at Salem organizations during Into the Streets to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.; mentoring children at nearby Bush Elementary School through the Tiger Club; tutoring Native American teenagers at Chemawa Indian School; and getting to know Salem through service during the Opening Days and New Student Orientation to Community Outreach programs.

"In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever," said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges. We salute Willamette University for making community service a campus priority."

Overall, the corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards, 83 were named as Honor Roll With Distinction members, and 546 schools, including Willamette, were chosen as Honor Roll members. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

The Honor Roll is a program of the corporation in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Corporation for National and Community Service administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.

02-09-2009