Oct. 21, 2003

DC City Council Honors 10-Year Anniversary of GW’s Neighbors Project

Student-Run Community Service Program Receives Resolution from Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans

By Bob Ludwig

To mark 10 years of outstanding service to the District of Columbia, the DC City Council passed a resolution honoring The George Washington University’s Neighbors Project, a student-run service program that coordinates volunteerism in the Shaw neighborhood and adjacent areas of the District.

The “Neighbors Project at The George Washington University 10th Anniversary Resolution of 2003” was presented to Emily Morrison, coordinator of GW’s Neighbors Project, and GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg on Oct. 7 by Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) during a city council session in the John A. Wilson Building.

“The Neighbors Project is one of hundreds of proud contributions made by GW undergraduates, faculty and staff to the District of Columbia each year,” said Trachtenberg. “In this case, for the past 10 years these GW students have volunteered their time, energy, expertise and enthusiasm to help Washingtonians of all ages all over the city enjoy healthier, safer and more enriching lives.”

The guiding principles of GW’s Neighbors Project are: to be led by the voice of the community; to work with existing community organizations; to build partnerships and collaborations; to educate others on the impact of meaningful actions; and to promote and develop the long-term service commitment of participants.

The Neighbors Project focuses on four core initiatives: education, health care, assisting seniors and community development. GW students have made a difference through the Neighbors Project by assisting in free health clinics, visiting and delivering meals to neighborhood seniors, tutoring children and teens one-on-one after school or in the evening, rebuilding homes, repairing schools and cleaning playgrounds.

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