Published March 27, English professor Christopher Fee wrote a column for the Huffington Post about the lack of community service amongst today's college aged population. He contrasts national statistics with stories of the predominance of volunteerism amongst Gettysburg College students.
From the Huffington Post:
In the context of these numbers, I am both heartened and humbled by the students with whom I work every day, who are demonstrably more committed to a life of service than I was at 20 or am at 50; in a dozen years teaching service-learning courses at Gettysburg College about homelessness and poverty, I have spent countless hours face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the finest human beings one could ever hope to meet, young people who don't need JFK to tell them to ask what they can do for their country.
These classes have involved more than 180 students in over 50 days of service at N-Street Village, DC Central Kitchen, and a host of other agencies serving those in need in our nation's capital. Members of these courses have also put in a total of more than 3,600 hours of service in the local Adams County, PA community, working at agencies including our local soup kitchen and homeless shelters, amongst many other opportunities, including the Campus Kitchens Project at Gettysburg College, a food rescue and redistribution program which was founded in part by students from this class.
More broadly, each year 1,400 Gettysburg College students -- more than half the student body --get involved in our local community and beyond, offering more than 30,000 hours of service annually.