Civic Health Initiative roundtable at University of the Cumberlands

The Civic Health Initiative roundtable came to the University of the Cumberlands. The roundtable is a way for people to learn about volunteer opportunities and how to become politically engaged in the community.

"My hope is that the steady decline that we've seen in terms of community engagement and social connectedness and political action that we reverse that trend by having these discussions," said Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky Secretary of State.

Students at the University of the Cumberlands have volunteered for a half a million hours of community service in the past 15 years. They are required to complete 40 hours of community service each to graduate.

"My hope is that we can spread the good work that is being done there throughout the commonwealth and learn from the experiences of what has occurred on the University of the Cumberlands campus," Grimes said.

"One person can make a genuine difference in their own community so we want our students to make that a part of their lifestyle," said Dr. Michael Colegrove, the Vice President of Student Services.

Dr. Colegrove also says that community service is a great way to prepare for future jobs.

"We get feedback from our graduates that yes it has been beneficial for them in securing employment and advancing in their jobs," Colegrove said.

Grimes says Kentucky falls below the national average in volunteer hours.

The civic health initiative roundtable will be at seven more colleges in Kentucky.

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