Placement on the honor roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and community engagement. The prestigious award honors exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.
SLU has a strong history of service and outreach in the St. Louis community and has been recognized previously for its efforts.
"Make A Difference Day," SLU's annual day of service held in October, has grown larger each year with an increasing number of volunteers and organizations assisted. In 2012, more than 3,300 faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends of the University volunteered at 130 sites across the St. Louis area.
Last year, as part of the national Relay for Life campaign, more than 1,300 participants raised $130,000 to help fight cancer. Since its beginning in 2004, the SLU Relay for Life has raised more than $1.25 million for the American Cancer Society of Eastern Missouri and was awarded the "Thanks A Million" Award by the American Cancer Society. The 2011 SLU Relay for Life event also was recognized as the third largest collegiate Relay event in the nation, per capita, by the American Cancer Society.
Each year, SLU volunteers share hundreds of thousands of service hours in the metropolitan community and through spring break mission trips across the country and sometimes around the world.
From year round programs at the University's Campus Kitchen, Casa de Salud and the Health Resource Center to special events and projects throughout the year such as Relay for Life and the Blue Santa Service Leadership toy drive, volunteers are sharing their time, talent and spirit of community.
Just a few of the highlights include:
- From August to April, Campus Kitchen volunteers spent 3,656 hours recovering 32,445 pounds of food to deliver 19,927 meals to those in need.
- According to a survey, 84 percent of SLU students volunteer once during the year, which is well above the national average of 60 percent. Nearly half are regular volunteers, providing service multiple times a month.
- The University also is participating in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, a White House initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to interfaith cooperation and community service programming on campus.
The national honor roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Human Development, USA Freedom Corps and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.