Student Volunteers Impact Local Community

Student Volunteers Impact Local Community

September 27, 2013

LGL 4152"The bonds that connect DePauw University and the City of Greencastle are made stronger by the community service efforts of DePauw students, a new survey shows," begins an article in the Banner-Graphic. "A final tally of the 2012-13 academic year, which ended in May, shows that DePauw students contributed a total of 17,657 hours through the university's structured volunteer program. That works out to an average of about 550 volunteer hours per week put into bettering the community through the Kathryn Fortune Hubbard Center for Student Engagement."

Raj Bellani, dean for experiential education and career planning and director of the Hubbard Center, tells the newspaper, "Through a variety of programs -- including Bonner Scholars, Civic Fellows, DePauw Community Service Volunteers, the First Year Service Plunge, the University's School of Music, and efforts led by athletic teams and academic programs -- our students, with the assistance of a variety of community partners, are forging new connections in the community and making Putnam County and even better place to live."

The piece notes, "The efforts of DePauw volunteers include tutoring, Spanish enrichment, mentoring, the activity-based Sports Night programming, after-school programming, assisting Greencastle High MEC 8072School students in filling out their college applications and financial aid application paperwork, working with the non-food pantry at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church to aid economically disadvantaged local families, and offering their time and talents to organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Best Buddies."

Read more at the newspaper's website.

You're also invited to visit the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement online.