Haverford College Receives National Community Service Award for Second Consecutive Year
The award-winning project, “Street Outreach,” which has been in existence for nearly two decades, involves student-athletes who provide meals to members of the homeless community in Philadelphia. Each week, an average of 30 student-athletes meet at the college’s dining center to assemble meals and transport them to the city where the meals are handed out to the homeless.
It’s estimated that 40,000 to 50,000 meals have been provided from Haverford College student-athletes to Philadelphia’s homeless population throughout the existence of this project.
The student-athletes also deliver “holiday meals” to ensure the homeless have meals and an opportunity to celebrate special occasions together. In addition, student-athletes have collected shoes and clothing from the Haverford College community to give to the homeless once or twice a year.
Tim Miles, a senior on the men’s cross country team and one of the leaders of this year’s “Street Outreach” program says, “The guiding principles are to be respectful of other’s problems and challenges and to be considerate of their life experiences.”
“Street Outreach” has garnered a mutual respect between the college student-athletes and the members of the homeless community, and according to Miles, “this program can be measured by the closeness of the relationships that have developed over the years.”
Last year, Haverford received the Jostens/NADIIIAA Community Service “Honorable Mention” Award for its after-school mentoring program at Belmont Charter School. The college’s student-athletes combined efforts with the Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia (CEAWP) to offer individual and group mentoring to after-school students in second through eighth grade at Belmont Charter School.