Lock Haven receives President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Since the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was established in 2006, Lock Haven University has received this distinguished honor, recognized for their institutional commitment to community service.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in engaging students in community problem solving, as well as encouraging them to follow a path of civic engagement.

These institutions are recognized for their achievements of meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. There are four categories in which higher education institutions are recognized: general community service, interfaith community service, economic opportunity and education. The Honor roll for 2015 is based on data from the previous academic year (fall 2013 through spring 2014).

Lock Haven University was recognized for general community service, demonstrating LHU’s commitment to service and civic engagement. The 2014 data reflects 2,773 LHU students participated in 58,065 hours of community service and service learning hours. The value of time LHU offers Clinton County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, based on the Independent Sector’s Value of Volunteer Time Rates for PA, is estimated at more than $1.2 million.

LHU featured several service projects for the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll: Clinton County CleanScapes (CCC) River Clean Up Project Partnership Clinton County CleanScapes River Clean Up: 153 volunteers who joined Clinton County CleanScapes in their West Branch Community Cleanup Event on Sept. 7, 119 of which were from Lock Haven University (the majority of students represented by Global Honors, the Environmental Club, MountainServe for Community Service, Athletics Department and Smith Hall residents). They were joined by eight LHU faculty members.

More than five tons (399) of tires and two tons of trash were retrieved from the bottom of the river. CCC provided a shuttle, lunch, training and assisted safety supervision of LHU volunteers.

Adopt a Family Holiday Support Project with numerous schools within Keystone Central School District: 172 LHU faculty and staff along with 81 LHU students participated in gift giving to 103 children served from 36 identified families.

More than 430 gifts were donated by the LHU campus community for regional families in the greatest need. In addition, 64 LHU students volunteered to implement the campus wide project and delivered the gifts with 168 community service hours completed. Many gifts also included grocery gift cards, holiday food baskets, toiletry items and cleaning supplies for additional support.

American Red Cross – Campus Blood Drives: LHU assisted the American Red Cross with securing 814 units of blood which could save up to 2,442 lives. (According to Red Cross literature, one unit of blood may save up to three lives). LHU assisted in recruiting over 800 volunteers to donate blood. An additional 293 students and 12 community members volunteered with the nine blood drive events.

For more information on LHU’s Global MountainServe Center, visit www.lhup.edu/ students/student_life/global_ mountain or call Lauren Wright, director of community service, at 570-484-2498.

For more information about the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, visit www.national service.gov/special-initiatives /honor-roll.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit www.LHUP.edu, email admis sions@LHUP.edu, or call 570-484-2011.