Center for Community Service celebrates anniversary

Knox’s Center for Community Service makes a difference for local residents.

Excerpt from the Register-Mail:

When Knox College implemented its “New Knox” curriculum in 2002 it also developed six centers to provide students with resources for things like study abroad programs, career and pre-professional programs and advanced study.

A center also was created to help provide students with community service and volunteer opportunities, but it wasn’t until 2005 that the Center for Community Service got the funding for a building of its own, 362 S. Academy St., a director and two student workers from a $30,000 grant from the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation.

New Knox was a curriculum review that inaugurated a requirement for experiential learning. Community service is one option to meet that requirement, along with internships and studying abroad.

Though the center only officially opened its doors in January 2006, Kathleen Ridlon, coordinator for the Center for Community Service, said volunteering is nothing new to Knox students.