objectives of Ashley Hall's Community Action requirement are manifold:
to raise student consciousness of issues facing their community, to
provide first-hand engagement with those issues by introducing them to
organizations and programs developed to address those issues, to
challenge student assumptions and preconceptions, to enlarge students'
capacity for sympathetic understudying of the needs of others, to
initiate and to cultivate the habit of volunteering service to help
alleviate those needs. While it is obviously oxymoronic to mandate
volunteerism, it is nonetheless true that Community Action obligations
are often the first opportunity many young people have to participate in
a meaningful way with service organizations. Moreover, give the
confusing array of potential volunteer opportunities, students benefit
from having their options more clearly defined and their services more
efficiently deployed. We know, too, that none of us can predict what
experience will awaken us to the role we might play in providing
assistance to those less fortunate than ourselves.