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Community Service Efforts Land Fisher on President’s Honor Roll

October 13, 2016

The Honor Roll recognition is given to institutions that demonstrate relevant and meaningful service and achieve measurable impacts in the community, particularly activities that address education, health, economic opportunity, the environment, disaster preparedness, or other human needs including support for veterans and military families.

Students volunteer during Service Saturdays.

St. John Fisher College has been named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes the nation’s leading colleges and universities for their commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service-learning. Fisher was included in the education category.

“Inclusion on the Honor Roll demonstrate Fisher’s commitment to education on a local, national, and international level,” said Sally Vaughan, director of the Community Service Office. “The relationships formed with our partner organizations have proven to be mutually beneficial for our students and the community.”

At Fisher, programs and collaborations exist to provide members of the campus community with opportunities to serve the greater community. The College has forged partnerships with more than 60 non-profit organizations and schools in the Greater Rochester region, and on any day of the week, students, faculty, and staff can be found sorting and distributing food at Food Link, reading to children at the Bethany House, building affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity, or weeding, mulching, and raking the grounds of Mount Hope Cemetery.

In addition to these daily tasks, Fisher organizes large-scale service trips, including biennial trips to Kingston, Jamaica to help run the Jamaican Advantage Thru Sports for Youth summer camp for disadvantaged youth. Students, faculty, and staff also engage in service trips and medical missions through the Wegmans School of Nursing and Wegmans School of Pharmacy. 

Annual events like the Teddi Dance for Love and Relay for Life bring together members of the campus community in an effort to raise funds for Camp Good Days and Special Times and the American Cancer Society, respectively.

Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. It is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.