Bethany College Receives National Recognition for Community Service 

BETHANY, W.Va. — honorroll1.jpgThe Corporation for National and Community Service recently named Bethany College a national leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. 

Bethany was admitted to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

“Bethany College is in a significant and unique position to serve the community in a number of diverse and meaningful ways,” said Bethany College President Scott D. Miller. “We draw upon our extensive resources to strengthen and expand our continuing relationships with community groups. This allows our students to gain first-hand knowledge of the important relationship between learning and service.”

Bethany College’s commitment to community service is evidenced through a wide variety of programs, including the following:

  • Global Youth Service/Earth Day Program, which, funded through a Global Youth Service Day grant, educates elementary-age schoolchildren on environmental issues including recycling, conservation and pollution.
  • Fun Day, which a senior Kalon Scholar Service Leader planned and coordinated. Elementary school children with special needs were invited to attend and more than 100 students from surrounding counties participated.
  • Light the Night, which was organized by a Bethany student who was interested in bringing the campus and community together for a celebration of the holiday season. The event was also a fundraiser for a local charity.
  • Each Bethany graduate completes a senior project and faculty members advise their students to produce projects that provide research or meaningful services to the surrounding communities. Students have developed projects which include testing water for chemicals, new programs/services for non-profit organizations and tax preparation for low-income and older adults. Student clubs and fraternal organizations perform service activities that benefit local and national organizations including domestic abuse and animal shelters, public hospitals, public schools and more.

CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 690 colleges and universities. Combined, the Honor Roll awardees engaged 3.1 million students in community service for a total of 118 million service hours.  That’s 2.5 billion dollars in value to communities across the country.

For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

CNCS 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 Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.