In the last year, Towson University students have tallied more than 305,000 hours of service. More than 10,000 students contributed to that total, supporting communities throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area and across the country.
For the seventh consecutive year, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has recognized the university for its service efforts. Towson has been honored each year since the award’s inception in 2006.
Just 110 colleges and universities received the honor. Towson was the only school in Maryland recognized with distinction.
“This sets Towson apart and shows our commitment to the community and helping others,” says Corinne DeRoberts, coordinator for community service in the Office of Student Activities.
“Service is a great way to educate our students and show them what it means to truly give back and make a difference in the world we live in.”
Counted in the total hours is work completed through volunteer organizations, as well as co-curricular opportunities that send students into the community as part of a course. In one class called Graphic Design: Social Issues, students collaborate with a publication called Word on the Street that is produced by and for the homeless in Baltimore. The students raised approximately $3,000 and lent their graphic design experience to support the newspaper. The partnership was recently highlighted by the Baltimore Sun.
This week, students are traveling across the country to participate in Alternative Spring Break service programs in Nashville, Tenn., Baton Rouge, La., and San Diego, Calif., as well as Toms River, N.J., where they will assist in continued relief efforts in areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy.