F&M Makes Honor Roll for Record of Community Service

  • community service Sam Stone ’13 applies a fresh coat of paint at Lancaster’s Spanish American Civic Association headquarters in August 2011. Stone is a student leader for a four-day program called Putting it Together in the Community, during which 50-70 first-year students do a variety of volunteer work throughout the city of Lancaster in the week leading up to Orientation. (Photo by Eric Forberger)

Franklin & Marshall College students take pride in giving back to the community and improving the quality of life in Lancaster. Last year alone, students logged 68,108 hours of community service, which adds up to a staggering 405 weeks’ worth of volunteering.

In March, a federal agency formally recognized the institution’s commitment to civic engagement.

F&M has been included in the 2012 edition of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities committed to community service. It is awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through the Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

“With this honor, F&M joins an elite group of higher education leaders that recognize the importance of community service,” said Susan Dicklitch, associate dean of the College, professor of government and director of F&M's Ware Institute for Civic Engagement. “It is an important, public recognition of the impressive work that F&M students, faculty and others have been engaged in, locally and globally.”

For more on the volunteer opportunities available to F&M students, visit the Ware Institute website.

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