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Doane Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll for Seventh Year

Doane College has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

This is Doane’s seventh year on the list. The college was one of 690 institutions of higher education to receive this honor, given to schools that demonstrate its students, faculty and staff are engaged in service that achieves meaningful outcomes in their community.

Doane College was selected for its work on the Crete Community Garden. The garden was the brainchild of a freshman student almost three years ago and has grown into an enormous community effort. To date, eight families manage 24 plots of land that has produced more than 1,000 pounds of produce. More than 200 pounds were donated to the local Food Bank at the Blue Value Community Action Agency and Crete Foodnet for low-income families. This student-led initiative has recently led to the hiring of an AmeriCorps worker to coordinate the efforts year round. About 53 students, faculty and staff put in 5,000 hours into this important service project. 

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, and the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006.

“Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping to improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS.

More information is available at nationalservice.gov.