Democracy House Wins National Award
Democracy House, the Center for Civic Engagement at Middlesex County College, was named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Among other missions, Democracy House performs thousands of hours of community service each year. The award was presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
Democracy House began in 1995, and its direct service program brings together nearly 40 students per year who work to better the community. They serve food at area soup kitchens and community cafes, act as big brothers and sisters to children in after school programs, supervise entrepreneur programs for middle school students, and mentor Latino high school students in college preparation. The students each spend at least 300 hours per year working on community service projects.