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Clarke Students Part of National $5.7 Billion Effort in Community Service

posted on February 16, 2010

As a new semester begins, students from 19 Iowa colleges and universities are engaging and volunteering as part of a national effort providing over $5.7 billion annually in service to their communities.

Clarke College is pleased to be among these institutions that are part of Iowa Campus Compact, a consortium of public and private colleges that came together in 2003 to promote the public purpose of higher education to educate students for civic and social responsibility and to help improve Iowa's communities.

Since 2007, more than 250 college students have served in the Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program, logging more than 75,000 volunteer hours and recruiting an additional 2,500 College students to volunteer.
 
This year the Compact has 23 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in their local communities. Since the beginning of this academic year, those VISTA members have recruited over 5,000 volunteers who have served in excess of 25,000 hours of service. They also garnered more than $27,000 of in-kind and cash resources for the community.

The organization’s new executive director, Rachel Manuel, serves the 19 Colleges in Iowa Campus Compact, part of a coalition of more than 1,100 College and College presidents in the national Campus Compact network.

“Our presidents make civic and community engagement an institutional priority and educate their College students to become active citizens who are well-equipped to develop creative solutions to society’s most pressing issues,” Manuel said.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)688-6318.

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