What is the Community Values Award?
The Community Values Award was devised by the OSU Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. All Greek organizations are eligible for the award. The award is given on a yearly basis to the chapter that records the highest average civic engagement hours per member, allowing smaller chapters to compete with larger chapters. This award encourages direct community engagement, which may be overlooked due to the traditional Greek focus on nation-wide philanthropy efforts.
The award benefits Greek Life by:
- Encouraging and integrating more members of the Greek community into the greater Corvallis community
- Promoting the benefits of being involved with Greek organizations
- Enhancing the positive visibility of Greek life
- Developing professional and meaningful relationships outside of campus
The award benefits local communities by:
- Providing increased numbers of volunteers in the community, particularly those engaged continuously rather than episodically
- Strengthening relationships and partnerships between the greater Corvallis community and OSU
- supporting community nonprofit organizations in achieving their goals for positive community change
The award benefits OSU and the Center for Civic Engagement by:
- Ensuring a larger base of volunteers to place into programs, events, and service opportunities
- Creating a connection between the OSU CCE and other campus organizations
- Promoting the visibility of the OSU CCE
- Providing more assessment and evaluation data through tracking additional civic engagement activity in the OSU community