In the coming weeks, Trinity students will have the opportunity to be selected for the Presidentâ€™s Volunteer Service Award for their hours of community service either as an individual or in groups.
Awards vary depending on the number of hours a student or group spends volunteering, and recipients of the award receive several prizes, including a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.
Edwin Blanton, coordinator for community service and engagement, is the universityâ€™s primary staff member involved in the application process for the award. Blanton encourages students to log their volunteer hours in order to qualify for eligibility.
â€œStudents can log their volunteer hours on GiveGab.com,â€ Blanton said.
The Presidentâ€™s Volunteer Service Award is a nationwide award program, in which Trinity is participating for the first time this year. Trinity faculty and staff encourage volunteering.
â€œWe encourage volunteering at Trinity because it has been proven that adults who volunteer are happier and more civically engaged,â€ Blanton said. â€œStudents that volunteer now will most likely volunteer as adults and will be happier and more productive.â€
The applications are evaluated in December, so students or groups wishing to apply should be sure their hours are updated and accurate on GiveGab.com.