Lourdes receives award for community service
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named Lourdes University to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year. Institutions are recognized for exemplary community service programs and community partnerships.
The CNCS has administered the program 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.
“Lourdes has received this honor thanks to the time, energy and commitment of our students, faculty and staff. Together, we continue to fulfill our Franciscan identity as a community of service,” says Director of Service Learning and Campus Ministry Sr. Barbara Vano, OSF. Lourdes was recognized in two categories: general community service and economic opportunity.
The CNCS award recognition is based on 2013-2014 academic year statistics. Lourdes was chosen for several reasons. First, the university has a core curriculum service learning requirement for undergraduate students – requiring each student to complete a minimum of 20 hours of service learning during his/her academic career. Second, Lourdes expanded its alternative spring break programs to include outreach on an international level. Finally, the institution’s Colleges of Education and Nursing offer outreach with the Central City Ministry of Toledo (CCMT).
In the 2013-2014 academic year, the Lourdes University community completed 23,620 hours of community service. Among those completing service hours were 782 students. Together, Lourdes students, faculty and staff also provided 2,800 meals, 875 health screenings, and taught 215 healthy living lessons. Learn more about Lourdes University’s Mission and Ministry initiatives.