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Virginia Union Placed on President’s Community Service Honor Roll

3/5/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 5, 2013

Virginia Union Placed on President’s Community Service Honor Roll 

     (Richmond, VA) –  For the fourth year in a row, Virginia Union University (VUU) has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

     The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting on March 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll recognizes institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

     “Community Engagement helps our students realize that we are a stronger society when we work together by accepting responsibility for our community’s wellbeing by reaching out to help our neighbors, and thus ourselves,” said Claudia Wall, VUU Director of Community Relations/Student & Community Services. 

     Last year, Virginia Union students volunteered 14,614 community service hours.  The students work with numerous organizations in the Greater Richmond area, but Wall remembers one particular event, Project Homeless Connect, a day of volunteer activity aimed at providing housing, healthcare, and employment assistance for the homeless.  “The students’ impression of the homeless population was forever changed because of their volunteer experiences on that one day of service,” explained Wall.  “They had no idea that life’s circumstances could negatively impact individuals with advanced degrees to the point that they too could end up as a homeless person.”

     Wall says she has seen students change their majors as a result of their community service.  “I’m positive that many of our students will be engaged in service throughout their lifetimes,” she added.  “In this program, we are not just counting hours, but making hours count.”

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