Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.65
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Hope College
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.97 / 5.00 Michelle Gibbs
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:

Total number of students:

Number of students engaged in community service:

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student:

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:

In the Hope College Employee Handbook it states:
Hope College sponsors, maintains and staffs a number of educational programs for children of the community. These constitute a significant service to the Holland community and serve to enhance the College’s reputation in the community, as well as the community’s acceptance of and support for the College. The following are the most significant of these programs and also those of longest standing: PATH, CASA, Upward Bound, ExploreHope

Other important events include: Hope hosts an annual event of "Day of Service" in which it brings together students, faculty, and staff when they spend a day serving others all around the globe, sharing the spirit of compassion and giving that is present during our years on campus.

According to an Economic Impact Study completed in 2011, "In a year, Hope employees and students spend more than 127,000 hours in service to the local community, the equivalent of one person working around the clock for over 14 years."

Also various departments will pick a activity for their team to do an example is from February 2018 - "As part of a recent community service project, Physical Plant employees teamed up to assemble more than 570 supper packs for Kids’ Food Basket!" https://www.kidsfoodbasket.org/locations/holland/

Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:

Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:

Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
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Hope students, employees and alumni served others by volunteering in their communities as part of Day of Service. Hope faculty, staff and students served around West Michigan. Alumni were invited to serve others where they are, at a location of their choosing. In this way, the Hope community spent a day serving others all around the globe, sharing the spirit of compassion and giving that is present during our years on campus.
Photos from 2020 can be found at: https://hope.edu/news/2020/campus-life/hope-serves-2020.html
2019 Photos: https://hope.edu/news/2019/campus-life/time-to-serve-2019-photos.html

The “Time to Serve” program is designed to help new students learn about service while helping and getting to know their community and becoming better acquainted with one another. The project began in the fall of 2000 with 10 projects and about 100 participants, and had grown to 24 projects and 300 students a year later. In October 2001, “Time to Serve” 2000 received a 2001 Distinguished Service Award from Keep Michigan Beautiful Inc. during the group’s annual conference.

In 2018 and 2019 our Hope College student groups Kniting Club and Hope United for Justice hosted a Craft-A-Thon where they made hats, scarves, etc... for Holland Rescue Mission. https://hollandrescue.org/

Hope College also offers opportunities for giving and sharing with our community throughout the year with annual events such as: Angel Christmas Tree (gifts for local children), Soles 4 Souls, multiple food drives, water collection events for Flint, collection events for Puerto Rico, coat drives, backpack drives, and Donations of Hope our Annual Move-Out collection event.
Our staff and students are always so supportive.

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