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Alleviation of Extreme Poverty

Guest Blog: Best University Act Stratford University

8th June 2015

Congratulations to our fellow winners of this year’s One Billion Acts of Peace Hero Award! Together, we’re making a difference – one act of kindness at a time.

Education can enlighten the world and our faculty members spend every day providing knowledge to thousands of Stratford University students who are creating better lives for themselves, their families and those in the communities we serve. It’s part of the culture of our family-owned educational institution, and we are delighted to accept the award from the PeaceJam Foundation.

The project we’ll be receiving recognition for in Monaco – a “back to school” program to help children in need in Fairfax County, Va. – is just one of 30 acts of peace that we have submitted so far this year.

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They range from acts that help thousands, such as the time our Glen Allen, Va. campus served 58,912 meals for the poor in Richmond. We’re also proud of our nursing students who collected food and winter clothing for hundreds of needy families at the Prince William Area Free Clinic in Woodbridge, Va.

But as we all know from our work with the PeaceJam Foundation, an act of kindness is just as important when it impacts the life of a single individual. Every day our students provide one-on-one support to help those in our communities, including Stratford student Nneka Onye like, who offered her time to assist the elderly at Alfred House Assisted Living in Rockville, Md.

Taking such actions not only helps the person in need, but they leave a lasting impression with our student-volunteers. It gives a sense of connection to and responsibility for our planet and each other. As a busy working student, this can be incredibly energizing and motivating.

“My project was a lovely one,” recalls Nneka. “I loved the help I rendered to the old. They all had something nice to say about me because I was jovial and willing to serve them without restrictions. The day ended well and I went home having a sense of fulfillment.”

Whether it’s feeding many thousands, or spending an afternoon with a lonely senior, it all adds up to making the world that much better, one act of kindness at a time. So thank you, PeaceJam Foundation, for recognizing the importance of these acts of peace and for recognizing Stratford University and our fellow winners.

– Catherine “Punky” Scruggs, Mary Ann Shurtz, and Carolyn Kroeger of Stratford University

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