NobleHour Platform to Help The George Washington University Reach Civic Engagement Goals

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GW will use NobleHour to track the hours served during MLK Day of Service events.

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NobleHour is an engaging online environment that propels students into meaningful volunteer work.

In preparation for service events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the George Washington University Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is launching a NobleHour Community to help track service hours, manage community involvement, and cultivate connections within the Greater Washington D.C. community.

On January 19, GW students will serve on the National Day of Service alongside others in a project sponsored by Points of Light and Target, in conjunction with Operation Gratitude and many local partners. Volunteers will help pack 100,000 care kits filled with necessities for deployed U.S. Service Members, Wounded Warriors, Veterans and First Responders. The following weekend, GW will host its annual MLK Day event, deploying student to various volunteer projects on- and off-campus. Teach for America, Jumpstart, and other organizations will assist in the event, which is expected to have more than 300 volunteers.

“We focus GW’s resources to meet community needs beyond the campus, promote active citizenship in a diverse democracy, and enhance teaching, learning and scholarship at GW,” said Amy Cohen, the Executive Director of the GW Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.

NobleHour’s social tools will help engage students in service, while helping organize and make it easy for the GW community to keep track of their academic service-learning, community service and engagement, service career, and social entrepreneurship initiatives. This enables them to be eligible for recognition programs, to conduct reflection online, and plan their future activities.

“NobleHour is an engaging online environment that propels students into meaningful volunteer work, but also rewards them for tracking their time,” said NobleHour managing partner, Scott Fore.

“Each student’s Noble Impact meter shows the hours he or she has served, but also reveals the total economic impact; this makes the value of service more tangible.”

By tracking hours through the platform, GW students can earn recognition for their service to the community, discover new opportunities for involvement, maintain vetted records of volunteer hours, and become more competitive for fellowships, scholarships and graduate school applications. Additionally, students with more than 100 hours reported through NobleHour will receive the President's Volunteer Service Award.

Beyond service, students can use NobleHour to find internship and job opportunities and learn about organizations in their local area.

NobleHour’s network of online communities delivers tools for educational institutions, non-profits, businesses, and municipalities, while connecting them all in service to their community.

Learn more about NobleHour’s affordable solutions for volunteering and civic engagement by visiting http://noblehour.com

Connect and share with GW’s NobleHour Community by visiting http://www.noblehour.com/nonprofit/799213032

About George Washington University
In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.

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About NobleHour
NobleHour is based in Lakeland, FL and was started by a team of knowledgeable business investors, representing over 70 years of unparalleled entrepreneurial and business experience. They developed SweatMonkey.org in 2005 as an online service learning management platform for students and schools. SweatMonkey was used by countless organizations such as the YMCA, the SPCA, the United Way of North Central Florida, and the University of Florida. SweatMonkey was rebranded and launched in 2012 as NobleHour.com, an engaging online community platform that includes content sharing, a database of volunteer and job opportunities and events, hour tracking tools for tracking community service hours, and community impact measurement tools. NobleHour's mission is to provide an engaging platform to help connect people with their communities to empower civic engagement.

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