MCLA Earns Place On National Honor Roll For Community Service


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - In recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) recently was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

MCLA President Mary K. Grant said the College is pleased to be recognized by CNCS for the good work that MCLA students, faculty and staff are engaged in throughout the Berkshires, and beyond.

"MCLA has a long history of volunteerism, civic engagement and service-learning, which strengthens our community. This work prepares our students to be active leaders, who will make a difference in their communities once they graduate and begin lives of responsible citizenship through meaningful service," Grant said.

MCLA's program of community service includes its annual Community Day of Service, which started in 1992. Throughout the year, students are involved in numerous other efforts, such as volunteer work at the Louison House in Adams and with the Friendship Center, a food distribution pantry in North Adams. Each year, a group of students embark on an Alternate Spring Break through MCLA's Center for Service and Citizenship.

Last year, students found themselves first responders to a tornado in the mountains of Appalachia and participated in front-line tornado relief work. Earlier this month, they returned to the region to provide mentoring to high school students at The David School in David, Ky.

MCLA students also lend their time and skills to work with the local community youth in a variety of programs. These programs include the Write Stuff, a mentoring program through which MCLA students help middle school youth to improve their writing. In addition, MCLA students support youth in enrichment programs at the Adams Youth Center.

 "Congratulations to MCLA, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom," said Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of CNCS.  "Through their work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges."

CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

More information about MCLA's community service efforts can be found at [ ] . The full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at [ ]