Emerson Foundation Awards Grant for Civic Engagement

A $500,000 grant from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation to Ithaca College’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) will aid the college in its efforts to enhance service-learning and volunteerism opportunities for students in the community. The OCE serves as the catalyst for all student civic engagement opportunities, including volunteer community service, course-related service learning, and community-based research. It is a significant component of the college’s IC 20/20 initiative, which seeks to create a seamless experience for students in which every commitment they make—on and off campus—is fully utilized for its educational value.
“This grant is but one example of the commitment the Emerson Foundation has demonstrated through the years to the well-being of the college and to the community that the foundation serves,” said President Tom Rochon. “We are grateful for their support as we seek to enhance the impact of our students’ service work in the region.”