By: Andrew Mees, Director of Institutional Communications and Campaign Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bloomfield College Center for Student Leadership and Engagement (CSLE) honored students and organizations that made a difference through volunteer efforts on April 20, as the division held its annual Community Service Recognition Breakfast in the Westminster Arts Center.
“Today is a reminder that students have the power to be agents and catalysts of change,” said Coordinator for Service Learning and Diversity Initiatives Nereida Montijo. “A reminder that students are serving not forcibly, but because they sincerely care about others in need and see the true value in civic engagement. Every award recipient has contributed to the community tremendously, and this is an opportunity for us to acknowledge their accomplishments as an institution.”
The morning began with students Amanda Alvarado, Daniella Delgado, Kenvil Hernandez, Carlos Lorenzo, Kimberly Luna, Shaliah Nicolas, Edwin Ortiz, Glo-An Ramos and Johnny Vega receiving the Outstanding Community Service Award for their distinguished service. Several initiatives were also honored during the ceremony, with the American Cancer Society: Making Strides N.J. earning recognition.
Student organizations that have taken the lead in volunteer efforts were also highlighted, with Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. receiving special honors for their continued service.
Students who were honored during the event totaled 750 hours of volunteer service over the course of the academic year, with Bloomfield undergrads aiding 60 organizations including The American Cancer Society, NYC Midnight Run and the Fairlawn (N.J.) Senior Center.
“I cannot express how proud I am of our students for the tremendous work they do in the community,” CSLE director Jennifer Troxell said. “To see so many of them find causes they want to which they want to contribute, and give so much of themselves in the process, is truly inspiring. Every student who has taken the initiative should be very proud of the difference they have made.”
Click here to read more about Bloomfield’s primary on-campus volunteer organization, Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Experiences (S.E.R.V.E.).