Trinity Named to President’s Honor Roll for Community Service Efforts
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Trinity Christian College has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative community service and service-learning programs.
Last year, over 750 Trinity students volunteered more than 8,000 hours through the College’s Office of Community Partnerships, student service efforts, and classroom-related service opportunities.
“We are thrilled to once again receive this award,” said Anna Rosas ’06, director of community partnerships and service learning, “but not surprised as Trinity and its students show strong commitment to helping others through many service opportunities.”
“Trinity and its students show strong commitment to helping others.”
One of Trinity’s community service programs is the service committee’s annual spring break service trip. Last year students gathered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and put in over 40 hours of service while living in one of the inner city projects for the week. Partnering with Hope for Chattanooga, students helped remodel and update the community center while interacting with local teens.
Each night the students gathered with neighborhood children and conducted a short Bible school with stories, crafts, and snacks. This provided an opportunity for the children to experience an environment very different from that of the neighborhood violence and gangs, according to Service Committee President Katie Matthuis ’12 of Mokena, Illinois.
“The trip was a good experience, and there was a lot to take from it,” Matthuis said. “Not only did we teach Jesus to them, but some of the kids showed Jesus to us.”
About the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Schools recognized for the Honor Roll are chosen based on a series of selection 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.
The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.