Limerick Institute of Technology held its sixth President’s Commendation awards ceremony for GIVE volunteers at LIT on Wednesday, 22nd May. GIVE, the Guided Initiative in Voluntary Engagement, enables LIT students to give back to their college and local community by getting involved in a wide-range of programmes and initiatives. The commendation ceremony recognised three levels of volunteer commitment: Bronze Commendation is awarded in recognition of 20 hours voluntary engagement, Silver Commendation in recognition of 40 hours engagement and Gold Commendation in recognition of 60 hours voluntary engagement.
LIT’s ‘GIVE’ initiative is an outreach programme where LIT students aim to promote the benefits of education and lifelong learning in particular to underrepresented groups in third- level education.
This year’s President’s Commendation Ceremony was attended by staff and students of LIT, local community organisations, representatives from the local Gardai, GIVE volunteers and their families. The GIVE volunteers got an opportunity to speak about their experiences of volunteering on the programme to date. Keynote speaker on the day, Richard Lynch, founder of ‘I Love Limerick’ and a former marketing student of LIT gave a speech on the importance of volunteerism.
The GIVE programme, which began in 2007, is run by the Access Service at LIT and its success greatly depends on student involvement. Anna Murphy, Access Project Officer, said: “The spirit of volunteerism at LIT is about engagement, participation, and the contribution made by students who are active and care about their college and local community.”
Before presenting the volunteers with their commendations, Dr. Maria Hinfelaar, President of LIT, said that ‘The GIVE project facilitates important learning opportunities but it also equips graduates with skills they cannot learn in the class room, skills that are becoming increasingly important to employers. Initiatives like GIVE help us as an Institute to produce graduates who are well rounded, competent and confident’.
LIT looks forward to another successful year of GIVE and new recruits in the next academic year.
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