Ursinus students have been recognized for community service. The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Ursinus College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, for exemplary service to the communities it serves.
At Ursinus, more than one-half of the student body is involved in community service, and one quarter of the students spend 20 hours or more a week on community service activities.
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and other factors.
One of the community service opportunities at Ursinus is the Bonner Scholars/Bonner Leader Program. Bonner Scholars and Leaders transform their campuses and communities through service and leadership.
Through the UCARE Office, — the Ursinus Center for Advocacy, Responsibility and Engagement — service opportunities include Habitat for Humanity, food drives, blood drives, campus fund-raisers, support of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and tutoring for America Reads. Each spring hundreds of students raise $40,000 to $50,000 for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.
Ursinus students respond to disaster relief efforts around the world, and recently have raised funds for citizens in Japan, Haiti and areas affected by natural disasters. UCEMS, a team of students who are certified EMTs, provide a first-response team for emergency first aid on campus. A Best Buddies chapter actively works with developmentally delayed adults in the community. – By Kaitlyn Ott 2013.