For the third consecutive year, Keystone College has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Keystone‚??s selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of the college‚??s commitment to service and civic engagement on campus and in the community.
‚??We are deeply honored to be named to the President‚??s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third straight year,‚?Ě said Maria Fanning, Keystone director of community outreach. ‚??This award demonstrates that Keystone students are dedicated not only to their success in the classroom but have a deep desire to improve the lives of others.‚?Ě
Each year, approximately 1,000 Keystone students volunteer an average of 17,000 hours of community service. Community projects completed during the 2011-12 year included: ‚?Ę Caring for abandoned animals and raising critical funds for the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter ‚?Ę Planting trees and picking up litter at local parks ‚?Ę Volunteering at the Friends of the Poor Thanksgiving dinner ‚?Ę Caring for youngsters at local child care centers ‚?Ę Wrapping Christmas presents for senior citizens. ‚?Ę Volunteering at Senior Citizens Centers ‚?Ę Participating in local Big Brothers/Big Sisters Programs
One example of Keystone‚??s commitment to the community is the number of students who volunteer for the AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania program. Students participating in this rigorous community service program must commit to 300 hours of community service each year.