Students Complete more than 48,000 Community Service Hours

Thanks to dozens of service opportunities each week, students at Georgia Southern completed 48,457 hours of yearly community service. The hours logged from July 2, 2019, through June 30, 2020, showed a 4.4% increase compared to the year before. According to the Federal Agency for Service and Volunteering, the hours are equal to a value of more than $1 million.

Around 36% of the service hours recorded were completed through the Georgia Southern Office of Leadership and Community Engagement (OLCE). Community Engagement Coordinator Jordan Wilburn said the hours logged helps both the students and organizations that receive the service.

“I feel excited when I see such a significant investment of time from both the community organizations that mentor our students and from the students themselves,” Wilburn said. “I think it speaks to the promise we all share to care for our communities and to learn from one another. When I look at the thousands of hours of service our students log each year, I feel confident that our future is bright.”

Wilburn said by doing community service, students gain confidence, soft skills and real-world experience, which help them grow personally and professionally. OLCE offers dozens of service opportunities each week that benefit both on- and off-campus communities. Students may also get involved in community service through clubs and organizations.