Fordham Honors BronxWorks for Community Service

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cementing a relationship extending over the past 10 years, Fordham University honored BronxWorks for its achievements, in partnership with the university, in encouraging students to participate in community service projects. Earlier this spring, Jean-Pierre LaCour, who oversees BronxWorks’ Center for Achieving Future Education (CAFÉ), accepted a plaque celebrating the partnership before an audience of Fordham seniors who have contributed to the betterment of communities here and abroad.

Mr. LaCour was keynote speaker in ceremonies sponsored by Fordham’s Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice at the Duane Library on the Rose Hill Campus.  Sandra Lobo-Jost, director of the Dorothy Day Center, presided over the event, which was witnessed by Fordham president Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., and other university officials.

Mr. LaCour’s remarks saluting the seniors and their accomplishments underlined the overall theme of the ceremony – the importance of giving back to the community through community service.  This is also the overall objective of CAFÉ, he said.

“We do a lot of community service projects with Fordham that builds our relationships with student participants,” Mr. LaCour recounted.  These include participating in the annual count of homeless street people; joint sponsorship of BronxWorks’ annual HIV/AIDS conference; the implementation of the History Makers project, which exposes high school students to the college campus environment; and the Urban Punch, which introduces students to non-profit organizations throughout the Bronx.

“Fordham University has been a great community service partner,” said BronxWorks executive director Eileen Torres.  “The school’s administration, faculty, and students have done much to enhance the quality of life in this borough and across the globe.”

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