Texanthropy Spotlight: TCU Office for Community Engagement - 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winner

February 9, 2017

This week we are spotlighting Texas Christian University’s Office for Community Engagement, the winner of the 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Award for Higher Education Community Impact. The Higher Education Community Impact Award went to a college or university that supports and encourages civic engagement and volunteering as a core value.

In 2015, approximately 6,700 students participated in service projects sponsored by the department, affiliated student organizations, and service learning courses. They contributed over 120,000 hours to over 100 non-profit organizations and schools in Fort Worth.

TCU’s Office for Community Engagement has been a valuable partner in Fort Worth for addressing community needs.

A great example is the Fort Worth ISD GO Centers, established and supported by the Fort Worth Chamber and Fort Worth ISD, and staffed by TCU volunteers since 2004. These centers offer information and college assistance to over 1,000 high school students each year. The job is split between four Fort Worth ISD High Schools, creating a culture that encourages higher education and ensures that more seniors have a successful transition into college.