Making an impact: TCU Office for Community Engagement wins Governor’s Award

The TCU Office for Community Engagement is the recipient of the 2016 Higher Education Community Impact Award. This award, given by the Office of the Governor of Texas and the OneStar Foundation, honors individuals, groups and organizations that have made a significant and measurable contribution to their communities through service and volunteering.

TCU successfully integrates scholarship with citizenship as evidenced by the dozens of community service activities supported by faculty, staff and students each year. The Office for Community Engagement, formerly known as the Center for Community Involvement & Service-Learning, was established more than 10 years ago to promote civic responsibility.

“In 2015, approximately 6,700 students participated in service projects sponsored by our department, affiliated student organizations and service-learning courses,” said Rosangela Boyd, director of the Office of Community Engagement. “That equates to more than 120,000 hours of service to dozens of nonprofit organizations and schools in the Fort Worth community.”

Boyd and her team are confident those numbers will continue to rise, as well as the impact of service on students and the communities they serve.

The annual TCU LEAPS Day of Service draws hundreds of volunteers and benefits approximately 30 local agencies. Additionally, mentoring services at the Fort Worth Independent School District GO Centers help more than 1,000 high schools students successfully transition to college each year.

“We look at the needs of our community and the assets of our partners to develop mutually beneficial partnerships,” said Boyd. “You could say we are the matchmakers of service, a bridge between campus and community.

“Students contribute their talents and passion to community projects while learning about social justice and their role in creating social change.”

The team will receive its award at the 33rd Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards ceremony today in Austin.

For additional information about the Office for Community Engagement and guidelines for becoming an official organization, visit involved.tcu.edu.

Founded in 1976 as the Texas Center for Volunteer Action, OneStar Foundation administers the State of Texas’ programs and initiatives supporting volunteerism and community service.