June 29, 2017
As students moved out of their rooms at the end of the spring semester, they voluntarily put non-perishable food items in donation bins in each residence hall. The result: 2,686 pounds of donations for the Chester County Food Bank and the WCU Resource Pantry!
The annual effort partners the University's Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs (OSLVP) with Residence Life and Housing Services and University Student Housing. It is just one of the examples of how campus constituents give back locally. This academic year, students logged more than 758,000 service hours between service learning-courses and co-curricular activities.
"Community engagement flourished at West Chester University during the 2016-17 academic year," said Jodi Roth-Saks, OSLVP director. "We expanded our support of academic service learning, helping the University exceed its strategic goal with an 8.5 percent increase in service-learning course sections offered to students. … With more than 300 community partners, we continue to be a hub for connecting non-profits and government agencies with the University."
These accomplishments are being applauded. Roth-Saks and Tori Nuccio, assistant director of financial aid, recently accepted the Gateway to Equity Award from the West Chester/Chester County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on behalf of the WCU Resource Pantry.
Roth-Saks noted that as assessment data were analyzed, "It became evident that OSLVP programming and service-learning courses played an important role in deepening students' understanding of social problems, encouraging them to be reflective thinkers and setting them on a life-long path of active citizenship."Read more about service learning and volunteerism at the University in the OSLVP annual report