This past week, Cornell was one of among 528 American colleges and universities to be named to the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This honor recognizes institutions of higher learning for their exemplary local, national and international community-service efforts.
Cornellians can be found serving communities locally, domestically and abroad — and now they are being recognized for their contributions. Students have made their mark through various events and organizations from Into the Streets held in Ithaca, as far away as the Bridges to Community in Nicaragua.
Over 1,200 Cornell students found themselves doing everything from cleaning up Collegetown to harvesting carrots Saturday as Into the Streets celebrated its 16th annual day of service in Ithaca. Organized into approximately 140 student-led teams, volunteers made their way to over 60 Ithaca-area agencies to lend a much-appreciated hand.
The day began with an 11 a.m. kickoff in Barton Hall, where groups had a chance to mingle and have lunch before their projects began. While the 1,268 registered volunteers, a substantial increase from the 500 students in 2005, represented a wide variety of Cornell clubs and organizations, volunteers were motivated by a similar interest in community service.
While the majority of Cornell students were asleep this past Saturday morning, 150 members of the Cornell Tradition and a handful of staff and faculty helped take part in a Community Clean-up in Collegetown.
Although the hour was early, members of The Cornell Tradition had good things to say about the program.
“I’m really happy to be a part of such a great organization as The Cornell Tradition,” Lauren Cohan ’11 said. “Not only do I receive scholarship money, but I also take part in some wonderful activities with some wonderful people.”