CNCS Recognizes Higher Education Institutions for their Service

Spartanburg Methodist College is proud to announce their recognition to the  Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the third year in a row that SMC has been named to this Honor Roll. Combined with other schools nationwide, we helped to engage 3.1 million students in community service.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Freshman Day of Service

Since 2001, the Freshman Day of Service (FDOS) during fall orientation has existed as a service-learning project designed for students to assist various non-profit agencies in the Spartanburg community. This experience is tied to the SMC 101 class which all freshmen take in order to graduate. Approximately 550 freshmen participate. In addition, 55 faculty and staff accompany the students. The targeted communities our project serves are a variety of non-profit agencies in Spartanburg, schools, retirement homes, and churches. Each year, nearly 25 local agency sites hosts each group. The students, faculty, and staff work on a variety of projects, all determined by the agency. Whether outside work such as landscaping, painting, or inside work such as filing, sorting goods, serving meals, etc., our students work to help solve the problems or concerns expressed by groups in our community. Through the experience and a reflection activity conducted at the end of the day, students realize how much their volunteerism made a difference and how it can contribute to their life.

Service Challenge

The SMC Service Challenge is a service initiative that continues the momentum of the SMC Centennial Service Challenge, which encourages all faculty, staff, and students to contribute to the Spartanburg community during the academic year. Started during our centennial year of 2010-2011, the challenge focus is on one person investing a minimum of 100 hours of community service during that 100-day time period. Approximately 50 local sites are served throughout the year. A banquet is held at the end of the year to recognize all participants. True to our institutional mission and legacy, this event highlights the fact that community service is recognized and promoted throughout the year.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Challenge

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. an innovative, campus-wide program is promoted and produced to benefit Spartanburg’s local soup kitchen. SMC students volunteer to gather and create vegetable soup at the home of faculty and staff members. Once the soup is made, it is frozen for use by the soup kitchen. This past year, 750 servings of soup were made! Each student group then competes to see which one can bring in the most servings of non-perishable food items.

This year, 652 students in all participated in service projects here at SMC. Thank you to all of the students, faculty, and staff who helped to make this year of service a success.