Edgewood College Hosts Nonprofit Draft Day

Edgewood College recently hosted their annual Nonprofit Draft Day. Dane County, where Edgewood College is located, has more nonprofits than any other county in the state but “many of these local nonprofits have board seats that remain unfilled, despite the fact that Madison has one of the most educated talent pools in the state.” This is the need that Nonprofit Draft Day seeks to serve. Nonprofit Draft Day seeks to fill these open seats through a one-day event linking nonprofit boards to prospective board talent.

This event attracts dozens of nonprofits as well as prospective board members hoping to get involved. One participant notes that this event “is a wonderful way for professionals and others looking to grow their expertise to find organizations looking for new board members.”

To read more about Edgewood College Nonprofit Draft Day, visit Edgewood news.

Gonzaga University Students Serve across the Country

80 Gonzaga University students traveled to places across the country, as they do every spring, to serve others at nonprofit organizations through Gonzaga’s “Mission: Possible” program. “Mission: Possible” is a “program started in the late 1990s and sponsored by the University’s Center for Community Engagement, focused on student-learning and community impact.” Most college students spend their break relaxing from school work in warmer climates, but these 80 students had a desire to serve that took them across the country.

During these week long projects students worked at a large variety of places doing a variety of tasks. Some of these service sites include refugee resettlement centers, homeless shelters, working to help those affected by incarceration, and a variety of others. “Mission: Possible” has been a staple in the Gonzaga community for a number of years and it is evident that students continue to enjoy this opportunity to serve.

To read more about “Mission: Possible,” visit Gonzaga news.

Saint Joseph’s College Receives $4 Million in Funding to Launch Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation

Congratulations to Saint Joseph’s College for announcing the launch of their Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation! The announcement comes as the institute recently received $4 million in funding from a Public Works Construction Project award from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, and donations from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation, Organic Nutrition, Inc., and several private foundations and individuals.

This project “pursues the College’s long-standing initiatives in sustainability and community engagement, while contributing solutions to Maine’s need to recover manufacturing jobs, develop the state’s food and beverage industry, and meet regional food security goals.” These funds will allow the College to begin the initial phases of development for the institute. The institute will include “a food manufacturing incubator, a hydroponic farm, a traditional crop and livestock farm, an agritourism event center, and an entrepreneurship development and education program offering certificates in areas such as hydroponic farming, food processing, and good merchandising.” The college’s strategic plan seeks to positively affect those in need in the community, those learning from the institute, and the local environment.

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Catholic Colleges Honored by President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Georgetown University won the White House’s Interfaith Community Service Award in the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, an honor that recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement. The award recognizes the work of three organizations at Georgetown, the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ), the Office of Campus Ministry, and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

Gonzaga University was also honored as a finalist by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for their commitment to improving educational outcomes for children and youth. Of the over 776 higher education institutions named to the Honor Roll, only 16 were named finalists.  Gonzaga is recognized for their service addressing school readiness, strengthening schools, boost high school graduation rates and preparation for higher education.

Congratulations to Georgetown University and Gonzaga University for their work in community service!

Courageous Voices: Confronting Critical Issues

With goals rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, the Center for Community Engagement at Saint Thomas University (FL) aims to empower communities, enhance academic learning, and encourage spiritual and civic growth. The center supports faculty and student projects developed to offer concrete solutions to problems facing the poor and marginalized in the local, regional, and international communities. Programs range from psychology faculty and students partnering with inner-city organizations to address truancy and youth violence in Miami, to business students working with coffee growers in Haiti to export their beans directly to the United States.  View the Center’s brochure or watch their YouTube video for more information.

This post concludes our Courageous Voices series, short stories about how students, faculty, and staff are responding to Pope Francis’s call to social justice and a culture of encounter.  If you are still curious about how Catholic colleges and universities are promoting social justice on campus, read the original blog post on the Courageous Voices series, or check out ACCU’s inventory of promising practices, which includes many examples of our members engaging with Catholic Social Teaching.