Community service at Simmons: 6 facts you need to know
Most colleges have community service programs, but there's something special about community service at Simmons. For starters, the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service has been recognized for five consecutive years for its outstanding programs, but there's even more!
Here are six things you need to know about Simmons' commitment to serving the community.
- 1. It's been around for awhile.
- The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service was created in 2000 through a gift from Simmons College Trustee and alumna Emily Scott Pottruck. Simmons has always had a strong tradition of community involvement and this year we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the center!
- 2. It's award-winning.
- For the fifth consecutive year, Simmons has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Simmons is the only college in Massachusetts to have received the "Honor Roll With Distinction" designation four times since the honor roll began in 2006. For the 2010 Honor Roll, Simmons was one of only 114 colleges to receive the designation.
- 3. Many students get involved.
- More than 2,000 students took part in community service with the Scott/Ross Center last year - this totaled a whopping 53,700 hours - more than 2,200 days - of service! Through the Center, students work with more than 40 community organizations including Big Sister, Cradles to Crayons, Girl Scouts, and Facing History and Ourselves.
- 4. Students are recognized.
- In 2011, Simmons created a new award for graduating seniors. The President's Recognition Award acknowledges students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to and engagement with community service activities during their time at Simmons.
- 5. It combines service with learning.
- Isn't community service the same as service learning? Nope. Through the Scott/Ross Center, students also are able to incorporate academic instruction into their community service activities. As a result, students are able to learn and think critically about what their community means, and to reflect on civic responsibility.
- 6. It's linked to professional development.
- There is a direct correlation between community service and the workplace. In fact, a recent Simmons study shows that female employees are more motivated at a workplace that values social responsibility. Likewise, Simmons realizes that community service also can lead to a successful and satisfying career.
New this summer, the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service is offering a Summer Fellowship with The Boston Foundation. This fellowship will allow two Simmons students with a proven history of community service to explore nonprofit management, philanthropy, and grant making, and to consider the nonprofit sector as a career choice.