FLINT – Mott Community College (MCC) is one of 49 organizations, businesses and individuals to receive a 2017 Governor’s Service Award for volunteerism, service and philanthropy.
Winners will be honored at a special ceremony hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission on Aug. 21, at the Detroit Opera House. The event will also commemorate the Michigan Community Service Commission’s 25th anniversary.
MCC will receive the Education Service Leader Award honoring schools, colleges, universities and other organizations that support youth making a difference in their communities.
“These individuals and organizations are role models for other people to follow. The impact they have on other people’s lives is incredible,” Governor Rick Snyder said. “They show us how to overcome obstacles and do good things for other people. They demonstrate tremendous spirit and we are thrilled to recognize them.”
“It is very rewarding for the College to be recognized with the Education Service Leader Award from the Governor’s office,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “I am proud of the commitment of the MCC family to serving our greater community. Our students and employees touch so many lives, on so many levels, through their service, making MCC a positive force for good.”
The College is committed to integrating community service throughout the campus resulting in civic engagement efforts growing over the past five years into a widespread culture of service with active participation from 800 students and more than 100 faculty and staff members.
MCC engages volunteers in three areas: Service Saturdays, campus-wide community service and service learning for students. All of these projects work together to form an immersive mind set of service that reaches every corner of the college. Students, faculty and staff have hosted a Toys for Tots drive, worked at food banks, conducted educational fairs, created memory boxes for the elderly, provided nutrition education at the Flint Farmer’s Market and dedicated countless hours to the Flint water crisis.
“What sets MCC apart is that more than 70 percent of our student body is Pell eligible and reliant on federal student aid,” said Dale Weighill, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Our students are sometimes the people most in need of social service, and they’re going out into the community to give what they can.”