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August 10, 2011

Birmingham-Southern College faculty and staff continue tornado relief work Aug. 12

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern is sponsoring its third Disaster Relief Work Day Aug. 12 to provide the college's faculty and staff with opportunities to volunteer for tornado relief.

On BSC Disaster Relief Work Days, faculty and staff are allowed time away from the office to volunteer with various tornado relief efforts. The first two work days, on June 3 and July 15, attracted dozens of participants to various local projects. The college's Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action, with guidance from Hands on Birmingham, is placing BSC volunteers in the areas most needed at the time.

On Friday, Aug. 12, the BSC volunteers will be assisting at the Christian Service Mission, located at 3600 3rd Ave. South in Birmingham, from 8:30 a.m. until Noon.

The BSC Disaster Relief Work Days have been so popular among the employees that the Bunting Center has scheduled monthly work days through April 2012.

Service-learning is integrally tied to the mission of Birmingham-Southern, with more than 70 percent of the study body connecting annually to the broader world through service work. Service begins as early as opening of school orientation and continues through ongoing projects with organizations such as First Light Women's Shelter, Urban Kids, Habitat for Humanity, and International Tutoring, among others. The college also sponsors Alternative Spring Break and January Exploration Term service-learning opportunities.

Birmingham-Southern was recently named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is the fifth straight year the college has been recognized. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

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