Community service, volunteerism and service-learning are integral to our educational philosophy. Students at the Providence Campus performed more than 150,000 hours of community service work during the 2011-2012 academic year. The campus has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor roll and has also been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its work in the Rhode Island community. The Feinstein Community Service Center offers support for student-initiated service efforts and volunteerism; works directly with faculty members to provide service-learning experiences tied to the course curriculum; implements co-curricular programming for students in conjunction with Student Activities, Residential Life, Athletics, and the International Center; encourages volunteer and in-kind assistance for community-based organizations and local schools; educates the university community about local and national social issues; and connects university departments and individual staff members to assist with local community needs.
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Awards Thanks to an endowment from philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein and the Feinstein Foundation, the Feinstein Community Service Center was founded here at the Providence Campus in 1995. Our programs have received local and national recognition, including a:
Our programs have also been featured in the Princeton Review’s Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement and The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development.
Work Study Earn work study awards through work at local nonprofit agencies. The center works with Student Employment to implement the Federal Community Service Work Study Program.