RG-CSC: Community Service Center 1988-1996

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US US-store Archives/RG-CSC

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RG-CSC: Community Service Center 1988-1996




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Historical Note: The Community Service Center began in 1988 with a student community service grant from ACTION and with funding from Grinnell College. The mission of the Center is to support volunteer projects that address poverty- related issues, promote positive social change, and develop cross-cultural understanding. Projects in which students have participated fall into seven categories: tutoring projects, social service agencies' programs, and programs serving adults with special needs, children, homeless people, women, and senior citizens. Student volunteers usually commit one to five hours per week on an ongoing basis.

Center directors have been:

Heather Kenvin Hietala, 1988-91

Amy Eilert Graves, 1991-2007

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Office Files contains applications to ACTION, progress reports, correspondence, and budgets. In addition are program evaluations, the CSC newsletter (Bridges), and public relations' materials. Program Files contains files on each program or agency with which student volunteers worked. There are lists of volunteers, correspondence, clippings and public relations materials, and information about the program or agency. The CSC received a great deal of recognition for student involvement with Alternative Breaks in which students worked on service activities instead of taking vacations. Some statistical information regarding student volunteerism can be found in the "Class projects" file.

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The collection is organized into two series: Office Files and Program Files.

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  • English

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Transferred to the Archives by Amy Eilert, June 1997.

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information


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