CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named winner of the Economic Opportunity category for the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for three projects: “Economic Assistance for Low Income Waterloo Neighborhoods,” “Service and Learning Throughout Entrepreneurship” and “Improving Access to Fruits and Vegetables for Families in Need in Black Hawk County.”
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition for college contributions to local communities.
“We are incredibly proud of the dedication of the UNI community, especially the staff and students who made our recognition in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll a reality,” said UNI Interim President Jim Wohlpart. “Providing economic assistance, enhancing entrepreneurship and improving access to healthy food has made a tremendously positive impact upon Black Hawk County, and we are ready to continue our efforts at the Business and Community Services."
Each project was crafted to fulfill a need amongst community members within Black Hawk County. The “Economic Assistance for Low Income Waterloo Neighborhoods” project was led by UNI in partnership with the Waterloo Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation and focuses on creating job opportunities while educating residents on community issues. Additionally, to strengthen the entrepreneurial community, the “Service Learning Throughout Entrepreneurship” project combined efforts with the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) to educate students and current business owners about successful entrepreneurship.
The project “Improving Access to Fruits and Vegetables for Families in Need in Black Hawk County” worked with the Center for Energy and Environmental Education’s (CEEE) Local Food Program to increase the distribution of local foods in Black Hawk County for residents and encourage healthy living.
UNI’s dedication to strengthening the community through highly impactful projects is a direct reflection of the ongoing mission and continuous efforts of UNI's Business and Community Services.