Notre Dame Receives Presidential Community Service Award

Notre Dame College (NDC) has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Notre Dame has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using skills gained in class.

“Congratulations to Notre Dame College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”

The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service learning courses.

“At Notre Dame College, we not only prepare our students to earn a living, we help them learn how to live a life,” said Dr. Andrew P. Roth, the College’s president. “The hallmarks of our education include developing sensitivity to the needs of others and developing a spirit of service to one’s community.”

Founded in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, service is part of the fabric at Notre Dame College. In addition to monthly service programs at St. Julie Billiart School, Helping Hands, the Cleveland Food Bank, the Heights Emergency Food Center and a local church, NDC students participate in larger service projects throughout the academic year.

In August 2009, nearly 500 students, faculty and staff collected 1,200 pounds of goods for the Heights Emergency Food Center. Each fall and spring breaks, students travel out of state to volunteer at Catholic Worker farms or to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Currently, the College is working with the City of South Euclid to build three community gardens.  

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs, the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college, and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.

The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll together with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information on the College’s community service efforts, contact Anthony Camino, director of campus ministry, at 216.373.5387 or acamino@ndc.edu