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Boston College Named to 2014 National
Honor Roll for Community Service


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (12-11-14) –Boston College has been named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

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The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges. The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service, has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

"The recognition by the Corporation for National and Community Service once again this year is a testimony to the commitment that Boston College students make to serving families and individuals in the Boston area and beyond," said Daniel Ponsetto, Welles Remy Crowther director of the Volunteer and Service Learning Center at Boston College. "So many of our students are extraordinarily generous with their time and their talent. The experiences they have in service to others not only advances the work of the many non-profit partners we engage with, but also contributes powerfully to the personal formation of our student volunteers."

Boston College is one of some 750 colleges and universities named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The University’s commitment to community service is exemplified in its nominated 2012-13 initiatives:  Appalachia Volunteers, PULSE and the Neighborhood Center.

The Appalachia Volunteers is the largest and oldest service organization at Boston College. During Spring Break, about 500 undergraduates conduct volunteer community service at more than 30 sites in locations from Ohio to Georgia. Much of the community service involves construction projects for Habitat for Humanity.

PULSE is an academic service-learning program that combines field work with classroom study to educate students about social justice issues and put them in direct contact with marginalized populations in the Boston area that need assistance. Approximately 400 students take the 12-credit course in philosophy/theology and complete 10-12 hours a week in their field placement. Field placements include food pantries, homeless shelters, group homes, correctional facilities and afterschool programs.

The Boston College Neighborhood Center, located in the Allston-Brighton section of Boston, is a place where Boston College and its students can provide direct service to the University's neighbors. Services provided include tutoring, mentoring, English language instruction, yard clean-ups, food deliveries to families, tax assistance and goodwill visits to schools and hospitals.