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Mount Ida College Freshmen Take the Plunge into Community Service

Mount Ida College Freshmen Take the Plunge into Community Service (Newton, MA) September 1, 2017 – For the fourth consecutive year, the incoming class at Mount Ida College in Newton will spend their first official day as college students learning the value of giving back to the community. This year’s “Community Plunge” event, sponsored by the Mount Ida Center for Community Engagement (CCE), is bringing more than 400 volunteers to 10 locations to perform services that local, nonprofit community partners have identified as needed and welcomed.

Created in the fall of 2016, the Center for Community Engagement is the formal home for all aspects of the curricular and co-ˇcurricular service as well as civic experiences at Mount Ida. It is committed to providing opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the local, national, and international community through the development of community-ˇbased partnerships that address relevant and current societal issues.

For this year’s Community Plunge, the CCE conducted outreach this summer to local nonprofit organizations to ascertain what their needs were and then aligned those needs with the energy and willingness of its new students. Joining these students in their service activities are other members of the Mount Ida Community including, by Orientation Ambassadors, Resident Assistants, and Mount Ida staff and faculty members.

Community Plunge participants will provide service in each location working alongside such organizations as Cradles to Crayons, the American Cancer Society, and the Chesterbrook Community Foundation.

“This is an amazing experience for our students,” says Gregg Grenier, the Director of CCE. “It’s important that the newest members of the Mount Ida community embrace the concept of doing well by doing good from the moment of their arrival at the College.”

Mount Ida College President Barry Brown shared Gregg’s enthusiasm about Community Plunge. “Institutions of higher education have an obligation to involve students in developing an understanding of the needs of local, national and international communities creating a vital link between formal classroom learning and the application of this learning to meet the needs of individuals and families. At Mount Ida College, learning has always gone beyond the classroom with a commitment to providing students with frequent opportunities to make a difference by serving others. For the Mount Ida Class of 2021, today’s events are the first of many such service opportunities they will experience during their time at the College.