The University of Hartford's Center for Community Service was 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.
The Center for Community Service, which places more than 500 University students in volunteer opportunities each year, was honored in part for the scope and innovation of its service projects. Three programs were highlighted: an initiative by the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions' Project Horizon to improve hand hygiene in urban shelters; the Upper Albany Micro Business Incubator, an award-winning economic development program that provides resources, training, and support to small businesses in Hartford's Upper Albany neighborhood; and the Center's annual holiday party for preschoolers from Hartford.
"This honor highlights our students' strong commitment to community service," says Matt Blocker, director of the Center for Community Service. "The University of Hartford is committed serve the city of Hartford and local towns, fostering a strong sense of civic responsibility in our students."
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. President Obama has pledged to make service a central cause of his administration and wishes to commemorate the significant role that higher institutions, their students, staff, and faculty play in helping to solve pressing social problems in the nation's communities. Visit leadandserve.gov for a full list of Honor Roll recipients.