Recognized for Service

The Colleges of Worcester Consortium recently presented its 2010 Community Engagement Awards to students and student groups from its 13 member institutions. Assumption senior Kimberly “Kim” Cohen and other area students were recognized for providing exemplary service to Worcester area community schools, agencies and organizations during the past year.

Kim has led several community efforts that have addressed hunger, homelessness, and poverty. She has been a service director for two years at the Reach Out Center on campus. She oversees Assumption student volunteers for Abby’s House, St. Paul’s Food Pantry and the People in Peril Shelter, three organizations focused on meeting the needs of the hungry and homeless in Worcester. During the past year, Kim recruited, trained and led reflection activities for eight volunteers who worked with these programs. Her volunteers have contributed more than 100 hours of service during the academic year.

Kim was the driving force behind the “Sleep-out” on campus in November to raise awareness about homelessness within the Assumption community. After proposing the “Sleep-out” to Carleen Roy-Butler, director of the Reach Out Center, Kim and seniors Sean Kennedy and Molly Eastman, and junior Megan Coughlin organized the overnight outdoor event.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews