Facilitated by The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, the Idaho’s Brightest Stars Awards celebrate individuals, students, schools and businesses for outstanding civic contributions. Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little will select one “Brightest Star” from each nomination category and announce the awardees at a reception on January 18, 2017 at Boise State University.
The Nampa campus, which received a Brightest Star Award in 2011, has been nominated in the Nonprofit/Civic Organization category. The campus reports 78 percent of its staff participated in community volunteer service in 2016.
“Community service is a critical part of our mission,” said George Thomas, executive director of the Nampa campus. “Service in the community is one of the foundational items we strive for on campus. We recognize our role in this community, and that is to provide opportunities for people to enrich their lives.”
The Nampa campus is involved with several volunteer programs:
- In October, the campus held its annual Trunk-or-Treat event, and collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for the Salvation Army.
- The Nampa campus provided a free GED® tutoring service to 271 community members in 2016.1 The program, which is part of the Good Neighbor Initiative, includes preparatory courses and a voucher to take the GED® exam at a local testing site.2 Thirty-two participants earned their GED® test credential through the program in 2016.
- The campus also contributed 648 volunteer hours as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Eleven volunteers assisted in completing 227 tax returns, saving local tax payers over $45,000 in filing fees.
Congratulations to the Nampa satellite campus!
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2These services are not within the scope of the institution’s accreditation.