Willamette earns national recognition for community service efforts

by University Communications,

Willamette University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its commitment to economic opportunity, general community service and education.

Launched in 2006, the honor roll annually highlights the way colleges and universities help solve community problems and place more students on lifelong paths of civic engagement.

“This honor recognizes Willamette’s commitment to community service and community-based learning — which is in keeping with our motto, ‘Not unto ourselves alone are we born,’” says Eric Lassahn, director of Community Service Learning.

“I am so proud of our students and the contributions they make every day through their dedication to the greater Salem community.”

Willamette students, faculty and staff volunteer about 67,000 hours annually. Their activities include traveling across the nation for service-learning projects through the Take a Break spring and winter break program; mentoring and tutoring youths at nearby Willamette Academy, Bush Elementary and Chemawa Indian School; and getting to know Salem through service during the Opening Days and New Student Orientation to Community Outreach programs.

For more information about service at Willamette, go to the Office of Community Service Learning.