Daily Hampshire Gazette: Amherst College Leads in Community Engagement

Submitted by Paul S. Statt
In Our Opinion: Serving the community
Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 18

“A national study on volunteerism has underscored the need for Bay State colleges to emphasize community service as an essential part of a student's education and preparation for professional life…Just less than one in four college students are involved in community service work in Massachusetts…The trend in the Bay State, though, is moving in a positive direction; the study found that the rate of student volunteerism is on the rise in Massachusetts…Amherst College President Anthony Marx has been an energetic advocate of community service ever since his inauguration four years ago, when he told students that the privilege of a college education came with the responsibility "to enlighten, care for and advance society as a whole." The college last year received a $13 million grant from former alum John Abele to bring that vision to fruition. The money has been used to establish the Center for Community Engagement, which will serve as a hub for community service projects in the Pioneer Valley.”

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