Community invited to celebrate partnerships and service at Union College

The grand opening for Union College’s Center for Civic Engagement is set for Friday, Sept. 11, and it will be a celebration of partnerships and service throughout the community. The event will feature Robert Hackett, president of The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, as a guest speaker and Union’s newest civic partner.

“This is an important day for Union College and the Center for Civic Engagement to join with our community partners, our campus family and our service alumni so we can thank them for their work, their service and to reach out our hand to continue these great partnerships,” said Jodi Carroll, Director of The Center for Civic Engagement.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Center’s office, located adjacent to Union’s campus on 100 Judge Street. Carroll is inviting Union’s partners and welcomes the public to join in the ceremonies as well. A ribbon cutting and reception will be held along with a special service of remembrance to recognize the events of Sept. 11, 2001, during which participants will be asked to show support for Knox County’s first responders.

“There are many people within our community that engage in service in different ways, with some of the most important being our first responders” Carroll said. “We want to recognize their work and thank them for their service to each of us.”

Following the ceremony, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new center, learn about new service opportunities sponsored by the college and meet Hackett. The Bonner Foundation provides support to colleges and congregations to improve communities through various forms of community service. The Bonner Leader program was introduced at Union this semester providing the opportunity to students along the path of education and service to their communities. The Bonner Leader program is the newest addition to the Center for Civic Engagement, which includes many standing programs and dedicated students.

“I can’t say enough about the support our college has received from the Bonner Foundation throughout our history, and I am very appreciative to have Mr. Hackett on campus to share in this event with us,” Carroll said.

The Center for Civic Engagement was established in 2015 to serve as the lead component to guide all of Union’s service-based endeavors. The mission of the Center for Civic Engagement is to engage Union students, faculty, staff and alumni in developing relationships with the community through service; addressing individual and community needs, analyzing the social and economic factors which impact these needs, inspiring sustainable growth, and establishing a framework for life-long commitment to civic engagement.

To submit your RSVP for the event or to learn more, please contact Carroll at 606.546.1278 or