BU honored for community service

For immediate release: March 10, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition of a college or university for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service recognized more than 700 institutions for their impact on issues ranging from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. Honorees are chosen based on a series of factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

BU’s SOLVE (Students Organized to Learn through Volunteerism and Employment) Office applied for the honor listing three main service activities students, faculty, staff and the community participate in during the year, said Tim Pelton, civic engagement coordinator. They are: SHARE, a student-run mentoring program for area youths with social or academic need; Food Recovery, an effort to package leftover food from campus dining facilities for the Women’s Center and Bloomsburg Food Cupboard; and Empty Bowls, the largest one-day fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. These three events require a total of about 2,000 volunteer hours a year.

Pelton said establishing the SOLVE Office’s Civic Engagement Center has allowed increases in the number and scope of programs over the past few years, including increased support of service learning initiatives and faculty-led programs.

The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the honor roll in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.