Over the past academic year, the GW community logged a record 251,868 community service hours. This is almost double the amount the university completed in 2010 when First Lady Michelle Obama challenged GW to complete 100,000 hours.
Amy Cohen, executive director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, attributes the rise to increased awareness of service, better recording of the hours and a continued dedication amongst students to serve their community.
The GW community records a large portion of its service hours through VolunteerMatch, a website that allows individuals to track their hours. Individuals who complete more than 100 hours earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which includes a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama, a certificate of achievement and a lapel pin. This year, 374 of the 1,239 users of GW’s VolunteerMatch logged more than 100 hours.
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