National Recognition for UVM Community Service Efforts
Release Date: 09-13-2002
Author: Andrew Feldman
A new national group created to call attention to universities with outstanding community service programs has chosen the University of Vermont as an exemplary institution. CampusCares, a nationwide network of higher education associations, selected the university for dedication to service and wide range of available programs.
"This is not a surprise to me," said Andrew Feldman, assistant director for community service. "Our students are engaged in so many different ways, both here in Vermont and around the nation with service."
CampusCares selected the University of Vermont because it "offers service programs that are nationally recognized for their achievement. Their activities illustrate higher education's dedication to fostering among students, faculty, and staff a commitment to community service and civic engagement."
The University of Vermont programs recognized by CampusCares are:
- "Community Service TREK," a week of volunteer work for new first-year
students before classes begin. Participating students have worked on a
Habitat for Humanity home in Burlington, built bridges on the Catamount Ski
Trail in the Green Mountain National
Forest and cleared a section of the Long Trail near
- "Alternative Weekends," a series of overnight community service
projects. These have included volunteering with disabled youth,
environmental restoration, serving the homeless and building with
Habitat for Humanity.
- "Alternative Summer Break," a pilot service trip to Alabama and Georgia in May 2002. Trip participants studied civil rights and diversity and volunteered with an anti-poverty organization.
CampusCares has posted its exemplary institutions and descriptions of their community service activities on its website, http://www.campuscares.org/.
For more information, please contact Andrew Feldman, assistant director for community service, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 656-2060.