For Fifth Straight Year, PC Named to National Honor Roll for Community Service
Providence, R.I. — Providence College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year — a recognition of the College’s ongoing commitment to community service.
The honor roll was established in 2006 by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that oversees the AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and President Obama’s “United We Serve” initiative. To be named to the honor roll, a college or university must demonstrate that its students, faculty, and staff are engaged in service that achieves measurable results in the community.
“To be recognized in this way is a confirmation of both the importance and significance of the commitment to community service that Providence College continues to make as it lives out its mission,” said Dr. Raymond L. Sickinger ’71, director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service and professor of history and public and community service studies.
The CNCS recognized service opportunities provided through the Feinstein Institute, Campus Ministry, and the Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership (S.A.I.L.), along with PC’s Standing Committee on Service, which was established in 2008 by College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80.
“It is important for the College to be engaged in community service because we are intimately part of the community and equally responsible for the common good of it,” said Sickinger. “Community service is based upon building relationships, and those relationships are the only answer to a just world.”
Among the programs that earned PC the latest honor roll designation:
• Smith Hill Recreation Night: The Feinstein Institute, in partnership with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation, the Providence Recreation Department, and the Providence Police Department, provides one night each week of games, tutoring, conversation, and pizza for 75 to 80 youths from the Smith Hill neighborhood and the Chad Brown housing project.
• Habitat for Humanity: Through Campus Ministry, students donated 20,000 hours in 2011 to build homes for low-income families. About 40 students provided 300 hours of service on Saturdays to build houses in Providence. In addition, 114 students traveled to nine states during Alternative Spring Break, helping to build homes in 12 locations.
• Urban Action: The program, ongoing since 1991, offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to report to school early and spend their first three days in Providence working to improve the city. Each year, 150 students, led by 25 upperclassmen, are selected to participate in indoor and outdoor service work.
• EXPLORE!: Through the Feinstein Institute, PC students make regular visits to four urban high schools to oversee after-school programs and introduce students to college planning. In the spring, the students provide four days of programs on campus for the high school students and their parents.
• San Miguel School Mentoring Program: PC partnered with the middle school to provide mentoring and tutoring in mathematics, literacy, science, and social studies. A “Step Up” program brought middle school students and their parents to campus to consider college as a future option.
The 2012 honor roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 94th annual meeting in Los Angeles.
— Vicki-Ann Downing