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Dordt College receives presidential honors for community service

March 22, 2012

For the second year in a row, Dordt College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to serving local, national, and international communities.

The Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that promote community service and can show meaningful results in their communities.

“Through service, these institutions [on the Honor Roll] are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Honorees were chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

This past year, about one in three Dordt students were active volunteers and kept record of their volunteering activities. Approximately one in 10 students are engaged in community-based service learning and practicum experiences as part of their required course work.

Service learning opportunities abound in the Sioux Center community and in neighboring towns, where Dordt students tutored children, led activities at the Kidzone afterschool program, ministered with Cornerstone Prison Church Ministry, mentored at ATLAS of Sioux Center, and more.

In addition, students extend their reach nationally and internationally by serving week-long and two-week long mission and service trips with PLIA (Putting Love In Action) and AMOR (A Mission OutReach). PLIA sends approximately 130 students to locations throughout the U.S. during spring break. AMOR sends approximately 30 students to Nicaragua and Jamaica over Christmas break.
Students also serve as HopeLine (Dawson McAllister radio program) coaches answering phone calls and chats from young people who are searching for help. The radio program airs nationally and internationally to more than 50 countries, and Dordt College students are able to communicate with callers around the globe from the fully equipped computer lab on Dordt’s campus.

Dordt College is a community of people working for a greater purpose and the college’s distinctive approach to education recognizes that learning must lead to service, and that service enhances learning. To learn more about student opportunities for serving, visit

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