Service to others starts during students’ first week at Hollins, with the annual Day of Service, which helps first-years connect with the Roanoke Valley. Students can continue helping others in the Roanoke community through the university’s service organization, SHARE. And for more than twenty years, the Jamaica Service Project has invited students to spend spring break helping out in a small island community. Service-minded students can even live together in Sandusky, one of the Hill Houses.
So it should come as no surprise that Hollins consistently makes the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, as it did again in March 2012. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.