Wingate University receives National Recognition for Community Service for the fourth year

Students in the Social Justice Sewing group
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Wingate, N.C. – As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Wingate University as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Wingate University was admitted to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. This is the fourth year in a row that the University has received this honor.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists and six received the Presidential Award.

Wingate students logged more than 15,000 hours of community service in 2011. This year's honor is based on several projects including volunteering at Turning Point, a battered women shelter. Students brought awareness during Hunger and Homelessness Week, in which students worked at a community shelter, organized a food pantry and served meals.

Alternative spring break opportunities allowed student volunteers to work with Habitat for Humanity in Ocala, Fla., work with family ministries at The Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in Palmetto, Ga., help with homelessness and poverty in Washington, D.C. and work at the Low Country Food Bank in Charleston, S.C. A Social Justice Sewing group met weekly for various sewing projects to benefit the community, including Christmas stockings and mini felt stuffed animals and puppets donated to local charities.

"Wingate students have become increasingly interested in getting involved with their campus and local communities,” said Lauren Marin, director of community service initiatives at Wingate University. “Events in 2011 were highly attended and proved the university's commitment to service. As we move in to 2012, we are creating new events and developing an even stronger leadership model for those interested in service.”

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to