MELBOURNE, FLA.—For the seventh consecutive year, Florida Institute of Technology has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a national recognition for exemplary community efforts. The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were recently announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting, Leading Change, in Washington, D.C.
Launched in the same year as the Honor Roll in 2006, Florida Tech’s Civic Engagement Initiative has led many of the on- and off-campus service and philanthropy efforts.
From January through December 2012, student, staff and faculty volunteers donated more than 18,600 community and campus service hours. These volunteers assisted 126 local and national non-profit organizations and collected over $34,900 through service and fundraising. Local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, Brevard Sharing Center and Second Harvest Food Bank have benefited from the campus community’s generous donations of time and talent.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve, administers the annual Honor Roll award. This year, it recognized 690 colleges and universities for their dedication to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.
To learn more about Florida Tech’s Civic Engagement Initiative, visit http://www.fit.edu/civic. For more information on the Corporation for National and Community Service, visit www.NationalService.gov.