As part of the Dubuque National Service Partnership, Loras College was recognized today by the Corporation for National and Community Service as a Special Partnership Honoree for Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service. Loras College President and Iowa Campus Compact Board Member Jim Collins represented the partnership at the ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Led by the City of Dubuque, the Dubuque National Service Partnership includes AmeriCorps members serving through Loras College, Clarke University, Iowa State University Extension and the University of Northern Iowa. Iowa Campus Compact nominated the Partnership for the award in recognition of its uniquely collaborative approach and outstanding service to the community.
“Loras College is committed to investing time and effort to build reciprocal and sustainable partnerships. Receiving another award for excellence, recognizing our ability to partner shows us that this investment pays off for Dubuque and for Loras students who learn to be responsible contributors through high quality opportunities to be engaged in the community,” said Maggie Baker, Loras College service learning coordinator.
Loras contributes to the Dubuque National Service Partnership through five Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA members and 40 Iowa College AmeriCorps Program members each year. The members develop programs like DuBuddies, an organization that seeks to foster authentic relationships between Loras students and members of the Dubuque community with intellectual disabilities.
This is not the first time Loras College and its students have been recognized for a strong institutional commitment to service: last year the College won the first President’s Award for Community Service—Interfaith from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the highest federal honor a higher education institution can receive for its commitment to community service and interfaith efforts. In addition, Loras has been on the President’s Honor Roll with distinction for all five years, with students performing nearly 90,000 hours of service during the 2013-2014 academic year alone.