The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently honored the nation's leading institutions of higher education, including Delta College, for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
The CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. While Delta College provides students with a vast array of community service opportunities, the following projects were featured in the application.
The Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic Dental Site at Delta College is a medical clinic through Bay Regional Medical Center Foundation. It was established in 2005 to provide free medical care to those persons who do not have medical coverage and are at 200% poverty level. Since the creation of the clinic three years ago, 119 patients have been treated for a total of $91,423 worth of dental services provided. Over the past three years, 150 students have participated.
For more than 20 years, Delta College has had a strong partnership with three area Habitat for Humanity organizations. This partnership has benefited all four organizations, along with more than 260 students - who learn how to build a house from beginning to end - and more than 25 area families - who are in need of quality, affordable housing.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has been helping low-income taxpayers comply with federal, state, and local tax filing requirements since 1969. During the winter semester (2010 tax season), the Delta College VITA site served 153 clients, prepared 416 tax returns and brought $379,196 in refunds to area residents. Ten students participated, with a total of 355 student hours served.
“Delta’s faculty members have developed these community service projects to allow students an opportunity to enrich our community, and develop their skills in a hands-on environment. Everyone involved benefits,” said Jean Goodnow, Delta College President.
“We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service,” said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS.
On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion.
For a list of colleges receiving recognition: http://www.learnandserve.gov/pdf/2011_hr_awardees.pdf