September 13, 2011
Cowley students assist large number of organizations throughout Kansas
With 1,000 Cowley College students taking part in service learning
projects during the 2010-11 academic year, a total of 13,813 service
hours were recorded.
A large number of organizations throughout Kansas and a few in other states were assisted by Cowley College students. Those included local food banks, hospice care, clothing donation/sorting at local churches or through the Salvation Army, classroom volunteers at local schools, making and serving free meals at churches or through the Lord’s Diner, public libraries, Cowley College sporting events, Cowley College public awareness projects, Ronald McDonald Charities, various cancer charities and events, Numana food packaging, coaching for local recreational sports, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, local humane societies, DUI Victim Center of Kansas, Homeless shelters, local hospitals and non-profit nursing homes, Senior Services of Wichita, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, supply drive for troops, Flint Hills Therapeutic Riding Center, local museums, Red Cross Blood Drives, community theatre arts programs, Mosaic, Heartsprings, Parents as Teachers, Parents/Teachers Associations, KNEA – SP, local 4-H clubs, City Wide Clean-ups, local volunteer fire departments, local jails, National Parks Service – Brown vs. Board of Education, Boys/Girl Scouts, community fall and spring festivals, local VFW, Special Olympics.
“The students, faculty and staff did an incredible job last year serving the community by helping with a variety of areas to impact those in the community,” Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths said. “We feel it is very important to gain experience helping others in the community and increasing our graduates’ social responsibility. We are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to more in the future.”
Students for the Psychology and Sociology courses are required to find their own service learning opportunities; however ACES (Academic Civic Engagement Through Service) does provide some recommendations and a list of possible events. ACES continues the partnership with Salvation Army, local nursing homes, local schools, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, local churches who serve free meals, the local food bank and Habitat for Humanity. Those individuals on an ACES scholarship are working with efforts to rebuild and continue clean-up efforts in Joplin, Mo. and are in the process of considering other projects for the 2011-2012 academic year.