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Silcox Receives Community Service Award

Written by Kate Harner

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                                             Kim Silcox and Peter DeBiasi.

Willimantic, CT -- On Oct. 26, the Access Community Action Agency awarded

Kimberly Silcox, director of Eastern Connecticut State University's Center for

Community Engagement (CCE), with its Community Service Award. President/CEO

Peter DeBiasi and Mary DeMarco, chairperson of the Access board of directors,

presented Silcox with the award at the Access Agency's annual meeting.

Silcox was awarded for her "commitment to nurturing civic responsibility and engaged learning among youth and [her] dedication to building effective, productive partnerships that strengthen our community."

"This award means a lot to me because so many people in this community do so much," said Silcox. "To be recognized as part of that group is a wonderful thing. We don't do our work to receive awards, but it's rewarding to know that the work we've done to connect Eastern with the Willimantic community is appreciated."

Silcox spearheaded the creation of Eastern's CCE, which opened last year. The center focuses on service learning, which connects the classroom with real-life experience, and collaborates with nonprofits, agencies and individual community members dedicated to improving their local and global communities. The CCE employs two AmeriCorps VISTAs as community service coordinators and works with student clubs such as People Helping People and Best Buddies.

"Kim is more than deserving of this award," says senior Jennie Navarro, a CCE student employee. "She has helped motivate me to accomplish things I never thought imaginable. I am an aspiring teacher, and Kim provided me with an opportunity this summer to create a curriculum and participate in a math summer camp for students in the Willimantic area. My co-workers--senior Jackie Bishop and Beth Zambrano--and I created a successful program that made an impact on these students. They not only became interested in their schoolwork, but they became motivated to think about future college experiences. Being in the presence of such a leader and community member like Kim has been more than rewarding."

For more information, contact the CCE at


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