For the fourth year in a row, Wingate University was recognized for supporting volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement among its students. As a result, Wingate was admitted to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists and six received the Presidential Award.
Wingate students logged more than 15,000 hours of community service in 2011. This year’s honor is based on several projects including volunteering at Turning Point, a battered women shelter. Students brought awareness during Hunger and Homelessness Week, in which students worked at a community shelter, organized a food pantry and served meals.
Student volunteers also spent their spring break working with Habitat for Humanity in Ocala, Fla., with family ministries at The Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in Palmetto, Ga., helping with homelessness and poverty in Washington, D.C., and working at the Low Country Food Bank in Charleston, S.C. A Social Justice Sewing group met weekly for various sewing projects to benefit the community, including Christmas stockings and mini felt stuffed animals and puppets donated to local charities.