The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently placed Lycoming College on the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The President’s Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its community service work.
CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
Last year, Lycoming students volunteered with organizations such as American Rescue Workers, The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and nearly 100 other campus, local, and national organizations. Lycoming’s Community Service Center plays an integral part in connecting students with these service opportunities. The center acts as a liaison between the Williamsport and college communities, helping students serve at organizations that align with their interests or career goals.
“To be recognized in this way is both an honor and an affirmation of our values,” said Rev. Jeffrey LeCrone, campus minister. “We encourage our students to be involved in the community for the sake of their education, but we also believe that it is important for the college as a whole to fulfill its role as an institutional citizen of the community and we are continually seeking new pathways to that end.”
Community service is one of many components of the Lycoming College experience. Incoming freshman volunteer their time with selected local organizations as part of the FYRST program. Often, this first taste of community engagement encourages students to volunteer the remainder of their Lycoming career.