HIGH POINT, N.C., April 14, 2014 – The High Point University Civitan Club is holding on to its international title as “Campus Club of the Year” for the second year in a row, an award given by Civitan International. The club also earned two other prestigious honors this year – the “Service Project of the Year Award” and the “Trailblazer Award.”
The club’s “Homelessness Awareness Campout Project” helped them earn top honors for the Service Project of the Year Award for the second year. The project included more than 100 students and community members, who participated in an all-night campout in the Oak Hollow Mall parking lot in High Point. With the help of many local businesses and sponsors, the club raised $2,500 to benefit West End Ministries and Open Door Ministries, both organizations dedicated to ending homelessness in High Point.
“It gives me great pleasure to work with such extraordinary and caring students in the community,” says Dr. Daniel Hall, assistant professor of economics and faculty adviser. “Having their achievements continued to be honored by Civitan International a second consecutive year is just icing on the cake!”
In addition, Brenda Coates, staff adviser and campus chair for N.C. District East, was awarded the prestigious “Trailblazer Award” for 2013 for her commitment to success and development of Campus Civitan chapters in North Carolina, including the HPU Civitan Club.
Coates says she owes the honor to Hall and the student members who have played an instrumental role in the growth and mission of the club, and who nominated her for the award.
“Being a part of the university, which emphasizes daily ‘HPU Cares,’ has been of enormous encouragement and support, as students from other organizations, faculty, staff, and administrators have come forward in participation with us,” says Coates. “Without the commitment of these people, my role would be insignificant. They rekindle my passion for service daily.”
Stefanie Vorleiter, president of the club, says the biggest reward is touching hundreds of lives throughout the year in the High Point community.
“It is always encouraging to see that our work does get acknowledged, but the best award that we receive is making a difference in our community with the help and service we provide,” says Vorleiter. “I am honored that the Civitans were able to receive these awards for HPU, and look forward to another year of service.”
Club leaders say the Civitan Club plans to keep the momentum going for another successful year. The next big event will be a Car Show fundraiser in October, followed by another campout to continue raising awareness about homelessness in High Point.
Other service projects this year have benefited High Point Museum, Stop Hunger Now, Children’s Home Society of N.C., YWCA of High Point, Macedonia Family Resources Center, Special Olympics of N.C., Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, and other local and national organizations.