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Laurier Centre for Community Service-Learning wins Volunteer Impact Award
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WATERLOO The Laurier Centre for Community Service-Learning is only in its first year of placing students into volunteer positions in the community, and it has already won an award for its success.
The Laurier Centre took first place in the Innovative Volunteer Involvement category at the Volunteer Impact Awards ceremony, held June 14 by the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo.
The Volunteer Impact Awards honour individuals, organizations and businesses whose outstanding volunteer achievements have made a significant influence on the community.
The award caps off a banner inaugural year for the Laurier Centre, which placed more than 580 students with 60 community organizations, as well as 285 students into schools. Each student volunteered at least two hours per week for 10 weeks of the semester, logging a total of 11,600 hours of community service.
It feels really good that people know about the potential and impact of the program, says Paul Davock, director of the Laurier Centre for Community Service-Learning.
Community Service-Learning allows students to be actively involved with community organizations that are related to their area of study, providing practical experience to supplement academic learning. It also allows students to learn about the positive effects of volunteering.
Placements include daycare centres, schools, nursing homes and youth services. Davock hopes to expand the program and include more project-based activities such as developing marketing plans, research and fundraising.