The White House continues to recognize Stonehill for its commitment to service as the College was yet again named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The College has received the honor every year the program has run since it was first launched in 2006.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.
“For almost a decade now, we have made the Honor Roll for service and such a consistent track record is an indication of how deep the commitment to service is at the College. In sustaining this kind of effort, we are blessed with excellent campus leaders who come together to inspire and guide our students on the path to serving others. I thank our students for how they invest themselves in service and I also extend my appreciation to MaryAnne Cappelleri, the Campus Minister for H.O.P.E.; Bridget Meigs, our Farm Manager; Deacon Tim Mouton, who has been guiding ITS; and Professor Corey Dolgon, the Director of Community Based Learning; and Kris Silva, who coordinates the Stonehill Service Corps. Each of them have played a major role in helping us grow even stronger in our service outreach,” said Rev. James Lies, C.S.C. , vice president for mission.
Through a myriad of service programs and initiatives offered at the College, students spent over 90,000 thousand hours volunteering in the community both near and far – from H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Trips that take students to areas throughout the world to Community Engagement Day, in which all first-year students volunteer in the surrounding communities of Easton and Brockton.
Another key area which helps students develop strong connections with the local community is through the Office of Community-Based Learning (CBL) which supports community-based teaching and research and the exchange of knowledge and resources through community partnerships.
Currently the CBL Office partners with over 25 organizations which include the Brockton Public School System, the Cape Verdean Association, School on Wheels, the Brockton Interfaith Community, Father Bill's & MainSpring House and many more.
Many Stonehill students also volunteer at the College’s Farm, which supplies local food banks, soup kitchens and other meal providers with organic, sustainably grown fruits and vegetables.
“The culture of community engagement at the College reaches beyond the classroom, educating both the heart and the mind of our students. We are very proud of the work our students complete, but more than just the hours given, the posture of learning from and working with our neighbors, is what we most appreciate. Our students ask hard questions about inequity, social injustice and the gospel imperative to love one’s neighbor as oneself. Cultivating a lifelong commitment to service is truly the mark of our work as an institution,” said Cappelleri.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.